Fred Sly, PhD

Psychologist/Certified Trainer

4230 SE King Rd
Portland, OR 97222
United States

Areas of Interest
Distance Learning
Emotional Intelligence
Restorative Justice
Social Change
Spiritual Growth
Veterans Affairs
Violence Prevention
Youth Programs
Spoken Languages
Public Message

Fred Sly, PhD is a Certified NVC trainer with 19 years experience, and is also a certificated mindfulness facilitator through the Center for Mindfulness in Corrections. 

He offers NVC coaching, mediation, and consulting services to individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations.

Fred developed and directed the Oregon Prison Project, an NVC teacher training program that simultaneously provides NVC education to inmates inside Oregon State Penitentiary and three other Oregon Prisons and one youth authority facility, and to returnees through one Oregon post-release program. Fred is currently retired from OPP.

Fred continues to support NVC education for corrections departments and incarcerated persons in the USA and internationally with his Thriving Inside NVC Curriculum, which is now being used in 9 locations around the world.

For more information, or to learn how you can bring NVC education to those "inside," visit


In my practice I am excited to provide you with the training, skills, and support that you long for. I offer a broad range of coaching, mediation, and consulting services to individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations and I am glad to tailor my offerings to meet your needs. I am especially happy to be offering integration services to those seeking to heal from from trauma. 


The latest advances in understanding and treating trauma-induced behavior has multiplied both the effectiveness and diversity of effective approaches to healing from the wounds of the past no matter how deeply they seem to rule the present. I have been so relieved and excited about the progress of my own healing I am resolved and confident that everyone can have the lives they are hoping for, and I want to contribute to the progress of healing for all concerned. 


I have found that learning and incorporating the basic principles of NVC in all of my endeavors — from personal relationships to economics, politics, education, health care, and other social institutions — along with mindfulness practices and practices focused on healing trauma are essential components that together can create the abundantly joyful, healthy, wonderful life thats our birthright. And, in my experience, the quickest way to heal our hurting world. As a veteran that was affected by treatment-resistant PTSD I have found NVC to contribute essential principles, skills, and a cooperative paradigm that can replace the previous defensive paradigm that I was living. I see everyone currently affected by un-addressed trauma as able to gain support for moving past a learned defensive response.