About Us

Larry Dean and Lydia McIntosh are a married team who share the goal to promote nonviolent communication that will facilitate understanding and empathy when conflict arises through which individuals and communities can see beyond differences and find common values.

One of my passions in life is to empower people to respectfully care for themselves and others. I’ve been studying Nonviolent Communication for over four years and teaching for three years. I’m currently on the Trainer Certification Community Path. I bring to this work seven-plus years of professional experience in Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment, along with graduate work in psychology. I’m also a chapter co-author of the book, Relapse Prevention: Maintenance Strategies in the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors.

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.

--Alexander Smith

Larry Dean
Lydia McIntosh

Social Justice and empowering people to advocate for themselves are my passions. In 2015, I earned a master’s in public policy (MPP) and interned at the Massachusetts State House for a state representative. Recently, I testified at the State House to the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on An Act regulating the use of credit reports by employers. I’m currently, researching and writing a paper on people over 50 who are long-term unemployed or underemployed and are shut out of the labor market.