"Two years of hard work and Maria as a support, what a discovery! You have been the ferment that has enabled me to find new paths of discovery in my on-going self- development. You have this special touch that prompts the other to think harder, whilst letting him or her decide the right course, still offering support in the process; you have this capacity to bring yin and yang together to help the other find his or her own unity. Many thanks."
Martin de W.
"I wanted to have Voice Dialogue sessions with Maria, but live on the other side of the ocean in the US. So we use Skype as well as the phone for our sessions. Maria excels at feeling the energy I am in and grasping the core issues. Because of the use of the internet, I feel very fortunate to have a voice dialogue session in my house with Maria as facilitator living on a different continent. I can access a great coach, while living thousands of miles apart. The video is useful to connect at the beginning and the end of the session and then the image becomes no longer important and the energy of the voice takes over. That remains, for me, the most important. I would recommend Maria as facilitator and coach to anyone. She has mastered the art of being in tune and connecting with her client's energy of selves despite the physical distance. Warm regards,"
"Four times a year, I drive to Bergen. Sometimes full of ideas that I want to share, or abundant with questions that I want to inquire into. Sometimes hesitating whe-
ther it makes sense to go, as there are 'no issues at all'. The sessions are always surprising because of their con-tent and depth. Always, even when I hesitated before,
I drive home enriched. Maria knows, like no other, how to be with what is. She asks questions and persists with those questions, and yet, most of all she is silently and attentively present. She has the remarkable gift to connect to what is present in me as a person at that moment. She gives space to express the things I find difficult in my work, and the things that anger or frighten me in my life. Through her interventions I discovered many things about myself. Hidden sensitivities and concerns that unconsciously drive my actions. But also new dimensions of my strength, vitality and spirituality.
I consider it a privilege to have Maria as my coach, and I can wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone!"
"In the deep-seated difficulties between my husband and me, Maria pulled us out of our conflict routines, by letting us switch chairs, at a well-chosen moment during a multi-day session, and to let us move into the energy of the other. It was a breathtaking experience to suddenly feel what my husband had felt all those years. There were no words for it, but that single ex- perience, that one moment, let me, in whatever way, completely feel what it is to be him. Since then it goes well between me and my husband. Thank you a thou- sand times, Maria!"
I experience it as a relief to be in Maria's presence. I do not know why that is so, but I can describe that relief. When I, as a colleague or friend, have a conversation with Maria, then everything gets a wider perspective. What I personally wrestle with gets depth and becomes connected with universally human inner processes and developments. Then I suddenly feel space; I relax and get connected with myself, and also with that wider general human context. Suddenly it is not so unbearable and I no longer stand alone.
It is not the words she says that evoke this. Maria carries a field with her in which this just happens. That is no longer a matter of choice of words, intervention, method, or professionalism. It is the condensation of generations of struggle and pain in her family and having emerged as a richer person.
When Maria works with a group, the collective intelligence of that group is activated. By that I mean, that members of that group get oriented to the wider meaning of the group in broader contexts. Then there is space; then everybody is connected with something as yet unformed, that is not yet there, but you can already sense it. Then the group begins to move in unexpected directions, no longer only oriented to ideas that were already there, but also to the new the unformed that wants to be expressed in that group, but what is not yet manifest. Because the movement emerges from the group itself, it binds the group together in that new direction.
What more can I say about the way Maria works. After more than two decades as a Voice Dialogue trainer, and a decade as a trainer in "Inner Leadership from Vision", those are her most important approaches and philosophies. Her personal effectiveness as a facilitator of individual- and group processes, therefore rests also on a sound foundation.