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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 nourish 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. Elly is a speaker and blogger on Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, and conflict resolution.

Elly has a Masters in Political Science from Leiden University, and a teaching certificate from the Haagse Hogeschool, the Netherlands. She has nine years of training in Nonviolent Communication and six years of coaching and leading Nonviolent Communication practice groups. She is Secretary of the Association of Austin Mediators, and donates her time as a volunteer at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center.  She is engaged in coaching certification with the International Coach Federation. She is a practitioner and member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s mindfulness community.

And if she is not coaching? Then you can find her on her meditation cushion, visiting friends and family in the Netherlands, trying new vegan recipes, or juggling, And most of all, 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