Transforming Harm & Conflict
I weave together methods from my training in restorative justice, non-legal mediation, transformative justice, community accountability and North American indigenous peacemaking practices (Tagish/Tlingit) to address harm, always with sensitivity to the power dynamics at play. I am particularly drawn towards community-wide conflict, where complex layers of injury connect to institutional oppression. I specialize in working with cooperatives, collectives, and organizations with horizontal or flat leadership structures who may use consensus models of decision-making.
I guide clients into the fire and onto the other side: creating the environment for being seen and heard, while also open to deep listening and internal change. What's unique about my approach is the invitation to embody someone else's truth as your own. Beyond role play, I guide participants to find the place where hearts can meet, the overlap in core values and histories. I use a range of theater-based techniques (Rainbow of Desire from Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theater, Verbatim Theater, Drama Therapy, Psychodrama) to affirm our shared humanity. While we may not arrive at the ideal solution, the process deepens self-awareness and clarifies needs in moving forward. Contact me to see what may be possible for your situation.
"We learned to listen to each other fully. We learned to trust each other."
- Incarcerated Participant, Program in Restorative Justice and Healing
"Tatiana has such empathy and insight. She was very receptive to my needs, and held us through the mediation in a way that was warm and welcoming." - housing co-op member