Balance purpose, relationships, and self-care

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“Before meeting with Elly, my work was consuming. I was working hard, but not in directions that nurtured my commitments and passions. In my conversations with Elly, I discovered a path to grow and develop professionally, while preserving time, energy, and love for being a husband and a father. Elly asked powerful questions and listened with such care. I now have the presence of mind to be in partnership with my wife as our young son grows by leaps and bounds.”

Eric Mann, Math Author and Educator, March 2016


Elly van Laar specializes in helping professionals finding balance between purpose, relationships, and self-care.

For 20 years, Elly has helped individuals, couples and organizations deepen compassion and empathy skills, bridge differences, and find solutions that benefit all parties. Elly is a speaker and blogger on Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, and conflict resolution.

Elly has a Masters in Political Science from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has eight years of training with Nonviolent Communication teachers, five years of teaching Nonviolent Communication. She belongs to Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Blossom mindfulness community, volunteers at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center and is a member of Amnesty International since 1980.

And if she is not mediating? Then you can find her on her meditation cushion, visiting friends and family in the Netherlands, trying new vegan recipes, juggling, Or, hanging out with her fan and teacher, her husband David Nayer.

Contact Elly

You can contact Elly van Laar Coaching Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00 pm