Mediation, Reconciliation, & Conflict Coaching


The first step is to email me about your situation and we set up an information call. See below.

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

How does this approach to mediation and conflict transformation work?

I facilitate a mediation process in which parties in conflict hear and understand each other empathically, and then move towards cooperative and creative problem-solving and agreements. My approach is based in a form of empathic communication called Nonviolent Communication (NVC), an international body of work proven over decades around the world to be powerfully effective and transformational. I have been doing conflict transformation and reconciliation work for over 20 years.

My approach to mediation focuses on first developing empathic understanding and connection, and then supporting people to work together towards creative possibilities to meet everyone's needs.

My approach also includes a restorative Reconciliation & Healing Process [link] for unresolved emotional hurt and pain – broken trust and connection, ruptured relationship, perceived harm or damage – when this is the source of the conflict or an aspect of it.

A lot of my experience is with organizations and mediating with families (with issues such financial matters, sibling relationships, in-law and extended family relations, and care for aging parents). This work includes family businesses and conflict between business partners.

I am also an associate of John Ford & Associates [link], specializing in workplace mediation. John Ford is a well known and respected mediator and leader in the professional mediation community in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

Also, my father Richard Kinyon and I work together as Kinyon Mediation Services (KMS), working with wealthy families and family businesses in conflict over financial and estate disputes. Richard is a highly respected and distinguished California trust and estate attorney for over 50 years.

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“John Kinyon is one of our trainers of Nonviolent Communication and someone in whom I have a great deal of trust and confidence. John in my experience has a special gift for facilitating empathic understanding and communication between people. I highly endorse John's skills and abilities with Nonviolent Communication, and I strongly recommend him to anyone needing help resolving a conflict situation.”
— Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D., creator of Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

"I highly recommend John Kinyon. In my session with him I had a wonderful healing and gained great relief. John gave me unconditional kindness and empathy. I gained compassion for my former spouse and the pain she suffered since childhood. I also gained compassion for myself, and I was able to become aware of my triggers and my part in the problems in our relationship. After the session, I felt like there had been chains holding me down, and now they were cut and I was free. That shift inside me led me to email my former spouse. She responded to me and we connected for the first time in 45 years! We had some resolution of our issues around our divorce many years ago. That resolution has affected our children and has brought relief and peace to the whole family." – Charles P