Mediation & Conflict Coaching with John


How does this approach to mediation and conflict transformation work? I work with individuals, groups, and organizations. I coach and facilitate people in conflict to hear and be heard in conversation with each other, so they can move towards cooperation and creative solutions. My approach is based in empathic communication which focuses on first developing empathic understanding and connection, and then working together to search for creative possibilities to meet everyone's needs. The approach supports the restoring and building of both personal and work relationships. I have been doing conflict transformation, mediation, and coaching work for over 20 years. This work is based in the international work of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). 

I also offer mediation services with my, father Richard Kinyon, who is a highly respected and distinguished California trust and estate attorney for over 50 years. We work with families and family businesses in conflict over financial disputes.

See our joint KMS website at:

To be in touch with me or set up an information call, email:

In addition to these services I provide online courses [link] to help people navigate through the conflicts and difficult conversations of life's challenges and adversities.

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“John possesses remarkable insight into the inner workings of the mind caught in conflict. He has helped me understand my own blocks – needs and issues that have clouded my ability to connect with myself and others. I am deeply grateful that our paths have crossed.”
–– Larry R., Attorney and Mediator, Former CEO of Venture-Funded Company

“John, I’m so grateful for the work you have done with my staff and me over the past 4 years. I want to thank you for how you helped me turn around the difficulties I was experiencing with my employees and create a new level of success in my business. You have contributed to these things by how you coached me to communicate differently and model the qualities and ways of relating I wanted to see with my staff. You have a great ability to support people being honest and authentic with each other in ways that bring them together. You have helped us communicate and resolve conflicts in a way that everyone felt heard and understood that then led to finding mutually satisfying solutions. Particularly helpful was when you mediated between two employees with long standing and complex problems - it was truly amazing to watch as they found the common ground of understanding and found the basis for being able to work together again with a growing sense of respect and mutuality.”
— Suzan Steinberg, Business Owner

“At a time of escalated tensions and unexpressed concerns, John's experience and inspirational style with NVC helped to facilitate a reconnection between the principles of the business. After the breakdown in communication, his skills helped create a stronger foundation of trust and empathy, where each person could be heard. This enabled us to move ahead into a creative dynamic process of strategies and goal setting for the company.”
— Selma Aslin and Tehra Braren, business owner and company director

“Nonviolent communication sounds like a political thing, but to me NVC is a communications approach that I value in personal and business relationships. John Kinyon is an expert and highly trained NVC facilitator, and is superlative at resolving hard, entrenched conflicts. He has the courage and competence to tackle even situations where people hate one another, and can lead them to find a common ground. John gets to the heart of an issue, and, in the kindest possible way, airs every stake-holder's point of view. His practical judgment, life experience and quiet style earn the respect of the participants, as he calmly draws them to lasting clarity and closure. Any organization--any relationship--could benefit from John Kinyon's teaching and facilitation.”
— Ed Niehaus, organizational consultant