Meet Karen Barbee
Hello! I want to offer you an overview of who I am and what has led me
to own this business, Steadfast Communication, LLC; a business that holds
the intention of helping people live from the fulcrum point of their own
I strive to live from a foundation of values, being true to mine and honoring
others’. My work’s purpose is to help people to thrive in their own lives.
There is a deep satisfaction seeing my clients deepen into their own lives,
strengthening and nourishing the relationship they have with themselves
and with others.
The foundation I speak of began when I was young. We were a white family
living in the deep south during the 60’s, a time of civil unrest. My father
was a man who saw people for who they were, not for the color of skin,
and treated all with respect and dignity. Yet, there can be no doubt that Karen Barbee
the tension surrounding race and the color of skin was palpable and my
father was questioned when his acts of kindness reached beyond the barrier of color. Through his actions and his model, I was left with a deep care for people, simply people. My family also held a curiosity about how others saw and made sense of the world. Out of this curiosity came an openness to others. In my childhood years, people of many different faiths came through our front door sharing who they were and my family sharing who we were. Through it all, I learned that we are each unique. It is no accident that our fingerprints are one of a kind and the mark we make on this world is also one of a kind.
This foundation led me to a career path that has been devoted to helping others learn how to thrive in their own lives; helping others to learn how to strengthen relationships so they are resilient and respectful; and, helping creat a world that holds safe the children.
I taught in public schools for 21 years, committed to the fact that each child’s life is precious, and utterly important. There were many joyful moments as well as heartbreaking ones. While working as a classroom teacher, I took an interest in how the adults handled problems and conflict, creating a toxic or a safe environment for the children. This interest led me to study conflict and how we humans are wired to deal with it and either move through it or become stuck in it. This interest led me to become a Nationally Certified and Colorado State Appointed Mediator.
Along the way I found Compassionate/Nonviolent Communication (NVC). As its founder, Marshall Rosenberg, describes it, Compassionate Communication (NVC) is a “consciousness, language, communication skills, and use of power that enable us to maintain a perspective of empathy for ourselves and others, even under trying conditions." Through NVC, we have an understanding as to the reason we do what we do and it offers the tools to make substantial changes in our lives. I was so drawn to the power of this language that I dedicated myself to becoming an NVC Certified Trainer, completing the study in 2015.
Along the way, I also I learned of Neuro-Lingistic Programing (NLP), another powerful system of skills and knowledge that allows a person to live from a solid foundation of self-empowerment. It was clear to me that NLP complemented Compassionate Communication, indeed enhanced and strengthened it. With that I earned the certification as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistics Programing.
Along the way I have also earned certification as a Life Coach and a Social/Emotional Coach. I am honored to work with Youth Zone as a facilitator in Restorative Justice. I have developed a restorative systems/justice program called Building a Circle - A Culture of Belonging for Schools and have had the delight of bringing it to schools in Colorado.
It has been and will continue to be an honor to offer workshops and to work with individuals and couples who want to be firmly rooted in the power of their own lives. I am in awe of the beauty in the people I meet. They are each a gift in my world.
I live in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA. It is an area that nourishes my soul with beauty.
I am married and understand the commitment it takes to make a relationship stay healthy and alive. I have two adult children, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren. Joy also is found in my home in the form of two dogs!