Education – Kirsten completed a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in music, graduating from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 2007.
Experience – Kirsten started her professional career working with children in psychiatric crisis at Albertina Kerr Centers' Sub Acute program here in Portland, where she was trained extensively in Dr. Ross Greene's Collaborative Problem Solving. From that time until now, she has worked across three foreign countries and many disciplines, incorporating and teaching those skills to children and colleagues along the way. In 2016, prompted by the presidential election and seeing with new eyes the degree to which the country and world is and was at odds, she began actively studying NVC. She found it an elegant and clear modality to express many of the lessons and practices she had encountered over the course of her life, and knew from her very first lesson with trainer Kathy Marchant that this would become her life's work. She was later invited to co-teach at the Portland Insight Meditation Community with Dharma Teacher and NVC facilitator, Doyle Banks, and has been co-teaching a 10-week course and ongoing practice group with him since then. She still considers herself a student, and also finds great delight and joy in sharing the practice with others in a dynamic teaching dyad.