Working with Dana is profoundly inspiring. I have applied her techniques into my own work process.”

Harald Geisler, Kickstarterentrepreneur (Einstein font, Sigmund Freud font)


what is coaching?

I am passionate about helping people develop their capacity to communicate productively, reduce stress and find effective solutions in conflict situations. As a coach, I act as a confidential, skilled guide to help you think through, prepare for, and engage in conflicts and difficult conversations. I offer practical mental and physical tools to help you:

  • recognize your unhelpful habits in conflict.
  • learn and practice alternative approaches and actions.
  • build your capacity to communicate effectively in stressful situations.
  • navigate specific conflicts, whether at home, work, school or out
    in the community.

when is it useful?

Coaching can be useful when you are looking for a new approach to an existing conflict, want to practice and build on your communication skills, or need support in negotiating a difficult situation. My coaching work has included helping:

  • organization leaders strengthen their ability to act effectively in conflict—even under stress—and to mediate conflicts between employees
  • parents develop their capacity to successfully navigate conflicts with ex-partners over co-parenting issues and to communicate non-violently with their children in the daily stress of family life.
  • co-workers engage in useful dialogue on difficult issues.
  • adult children engage productively with parents who do not accept their sexual orientation.
  • school staff and students examine and change the way they respond to conflict as a group.
  • people develop better communication with their partners by changing their own actions, regardless of the actions of the other.
  • parents of children with mental illness establish strategies to handle daily conflict and create positive connection.
  • groups of artists develop a practical, actionable plan for achieving the communication goals of the group.
  • a youth services agency deal with the fallout of past conflict in the organization and find productive paths forward.


Photo: Dominik Mentzos