Max Rivers, This Marriage Mediator

Max Rivers has a unique ability to adapt Marshall Rosenberg’s NVC™ to different needs.

E-NVC used in Teamwork Marriage Mediation

As I focused on the issues which come up in intimate relationships, I created E-NVC: Embodied NVC.

E-NVC doesn’t require learning lists of needs or feelings.

I teach family members how to look inside themselves and learn to trust and share themselves. After all, if you can’t be yourself with your primary partner in life, when are you ever going to be who you really are?

I call this work: Teamwork Mediation.

The goal of this process is to teach everyone in the family how to speak and listen their way out of the conflict stage all the way to the loving Mature Marriage in a six session process with a Guaranteed First Session (if either person isn’t satisfied, there’s no charge for that session).

For more information, video’s of clients who have gone through the process, costs and even a place to make your own appointment, go to:

Non-Standard Relationship Mediations

Max has developed a nation-wide practice of helping LBGTX relationships, couples opening up their marriages and polyamorous relationships to learn the skills they need to mediate their own relationships under the guidance of and experienced practitioner.

We’ll help you resolve your presenting challenges, support your relationship choices, and teach you E-NVC skills so that you can maintain your own relationships.

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E-NVC Classes

Using NVC in my own life, and with hundreds of couples deepened my understanding of what Marshall Rosenberg was trying to communicate to us. So instead of using his 50 year old formulas and lists, I’ve developed a system that lets people tap into their own personal wisdom.

Click the following links for lists of classes and workshops in E-NVC that you can attend in Phila in person or use one of our  online training programs.

Max’s Book: “Loving Conflict: A New Alternative to Couples Counseling” is available on in paperback and Kindle formats, now!


What readers are saying about Max’s Book:

I’m enjoying, even savoring your book.  I read, ponder, digest, integrate and re-read… It’s a masterpiece!   -JH


We find your writing to be extremely original, insightful and useful.  It has been very valuable for us already… great appreciation I have for this amazing piece of work.  -TS

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Teamwork Marriage Mediation

To schedule an appointment or see videos about Teamwork Marriage Mediation, click here.

NVC & Poly

For information about using NVC with Poly Relationships click here.

NVC and New Culture

For info about the Network for a New Culture, click here.

I just want to thank you again for the NVC classes that I took back in 2009 … I feel like it has completely changed MY LIFE in a good way!


I keep meaning to thank you. 2010 was really a good year for me after those classes … it’s so much easier to connect with people, easier to resolve my own internal conflicts, and my friends comment on how calm and empathetic I am in a crisis and they seem to rely on me more often for someone to talk to. To be honest I haven’t been consciously “trying to use NVC” … it just affected my perspective in a very good and peaceful way.



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What initially drew me to it, I heard from my friend that it was present-focused and not a long-term therapeutic model. It’s turned out to be tools to handle things within the relationship


It’s been especially helpful considering our situation which is having new baby and so not a lot of time to devote to it right now. We wanted practical tools to help with us with the snags we get into repetitively. It’s definitely given us some tools.I like that it’s been pretty pointed and talking about actual conflicts that we had. I was wondering how working with actual conflicts would go. In fact, you highlighted these themes by just hearing what we were going through. I feel more compassionate towards him when I’m looking at it from that framework of what are his hidden need, and being interested in those getting met. Because it puts me more on the same team with him, And it feels like it something is doable.Sometimes it can be overwhelming people thinking about ongoing therapy, that they’re not ready for it, or it’s too much of a time commitment or their partner is resistant. All the reasons that we resist that but as a self-care practice and something that short-term to start out to give you real tools that you can you can use ongoing. It was the reluctant partner actually that was the driving force for finding this type model because it seem like something he would be open to. This was more in the moment and less going for all the baggage from the past and related what’s was up right now. So I think it’s been good for that. Right now, this is a good model for us. I’d definitely recommend it.
Mom with New Baby

After Doing Marriage Mediation

After Couple's First Skype Session

Thanks for thinking of me!  I have been reflecting on your wisdom! I wish all kids had NVC in their education so we could all grow up to be wise and reflective, and sensitive to everyone we encounter! Thanks for your session. I will be scheduling our next session soon.

I came back over and over again throughout the years. The one thing I want to do is go to Max’s NVC classes so much so that I was riding my bike 26 miles one-way. 

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Its been absolutely exciting for me. I hang on every word of every lesson. I’m here early and stay late. It’s given me so much insight into how to be a better person by learning these tools
Repeat NVC Student

You may not remember me, but I’m a huge fan. I “teach” NVC to everyone I meet, especially my daughter, who has adopted it as her own now. And one hypnosis session with you changed my life.


Max in particular deepens the material, He added new fresh insights that build on Marshall’s existing work.


He was able to bring it to life for me in a way that reading the book couldn’t ever do.

I think he’s an extraordinary teacher. I even hesitate to say that, he’s also a model himself, helping us to feel the way it would feel to live with this kind of life perspective on daily basis.

To me it’s been an extraordinary experience. I think everybody from all walks of life in all situations could benefit greatly from taking from taking a course like this.

NVC Student and Mediation Client

Contact Max

Rivers Manor
508 E Sedgwick Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Max and Elise Rivers

Max and Elise Rivers

Creators of E-NVC

Max and Elise Rivers. Pioneers in a completely new form of mediation with over 10 years experience helping couples learn the skills necessary to make any marriage work. But we do more than just mediate your conflicts, we teach you how to resolve your own conflicts.