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My Story

My expertise is in helping high-achieving adults to balance our drive for accomplishment, with Calm Certainty, Rewarding Relationships, Self Belonging, and the sense of Homecoming that we crave at our core. First with ourself. Then with family. Then with creation.

I help adult clients relieve - or avoid - much chronic pain, disease, and emotional distress that has its origins in what I refer to as “SD-TTC Experiences” from our childhood, youth, or adolescence (Sustained Distress resulting from Trauma, Tribulation, or deep Confusion). I began this journey in the 1980s, and have benefited much by applying the practices in my own life.

I'd love to share, "Dare to be calm, the new path," with you. It’s my hope that you, too, can flow with calm certainty and grace, and thus multiply the effectiveness of your gifts and expertise along your path.

I'm not a coach or a therapist in the traditional sense; however, I am informed and skilled with several widely accepted models and techniques. My work is primarily rooted in Internal Family Systems (IFS), the brainchild of Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. and his many colleagues; and the teachings of Gabor Maté, M.D. regarding trauma, addiction, and chronic disease. I'm also skilled with Psych-K Facilitation, the work of therapist Rob Williams, M.S. and biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.; Nonviolent Communication (NVC), the legacy of psychologist Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.; and Polyvagal Theory, the neurological insight of researcher Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

Flowing forward from my degree in biology and love for helping people, my careers in technology and engineering eventually led me in 2013 to transform my decades-long journey of self-improvement and relationship building, into a profession of its own. Returning to my roots, I developed my facilitation skills on a present-day bedrock of neuroscience, psychology, deep listening, somatics (the integration of mind, body, and spirit), self-regulation, attachment theory, identity development, trauma research, systems theory, group dynamics, philosophy, loss and grief support, and other related subjects.

Along the way, I have also been a student of PTSD expert psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, M.D, author of "The Body Keeps the Score"; the brain research of Lisa F. Barrett, Ph.D., author of "How Emotions Are Made"; and the insightful writings of sociologist Brené Brown, Ph.D.

Are you ready to join us on this essential journey? Please reach out. I look forward to sharing a personalized discovery conversation!

Respectfully yours,

- Richard Tashma, Facilitator and Coach

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