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Gary Baran

M.A., Philosophy | M.A., Educational Psychology: Counseling and Guidance | California-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 35 Years (Retired)
Speaks English
Certified Trainer since 1998

I envision a world in which the needs of all people are honored, in which the abundant resources of our planet are both respected and also flow freely so as to reliably meet those needs, and in which people resolve their conflicts peacefully. I strive to live in harmony with the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and to offer NVC training to the public and to those organizations and institutions that resonate with those principles. I also provide counseling and consulting services to individuals and groups, and help to contribute to the spread of NVC by serving as a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication.

I have a special affinity for educators, having been a professor of philosophy for thirty-five years, and with parents and mental health professionals, having been a marriage and family therapist for the same length of time — and a co-parent of two for over twenty-five years. I also have a special affinity for those who are responsible for organizational leadership, having served as executive director of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) for nearly eight years, and am especially eager to contribute to the work of social activists. I live in Eugene, Oregon, USA and, since COVID-19 and for health reasons, I limit training and consulting to Zoom.


  • Counseling and Therapy
  • Education (including schools and youth programs)
  • Family and Interpersonal Relationships
  • Restorative Justice (including prison work)
  • Social Change
  • Spirituality and Inner Work
I am especially eager to contribute to the work of social activists, those who are actively engaged in helping to transform our culture into one that is more peaceful and honors the needs of all.

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