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Developing Emotional Intelligence for Personal Growth and Healing

Training & Speaking Engagements with Melinda Velasquez

Hello, I'm Melinda Velasquez

Trauma-Informed Trainer, Speaker, Writer & Life Coach

I am a Trainer, Speaker, Writer and a Master Certified Life Coach (MCLC), with an advanced degree in Organization Development. I am a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner, and I have a working knowledge of the Enneagram system typology. The MBTI and Enneagram are both well regarded personality type assessment tools that I use when appropriate in conjunction with my workshops and coaching practice.

My work in Organization Development guided me toward focusing on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work, where I also spent a number of years as a Qualified Administrator working with the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment. The bulk of my post graduate career was spent developing and delivering trauma-informed training programs for staff and caregivers while working in mental health and foster care.

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What I Specialize In



Emotional Intelligence Workshops

Speaking Engagements

Addiction, Codependence and Family Dynamics

Writer and Blogger

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For more information on trainings or speaking engagements, please use the contact form, and I will respond to you within two business days.

Speaking Engagements

Each of us has a unique story to tell, and although sharing our stories can be a great source of healing, it can also be incredibly difficult to do. Growing up in a family being silently destroyed by addiction, and feeling the crushing pressure to keep the family secret kept me stuck in a cycle of toxic codependence for over three decades.

Even when I initially broke free from my family's emotional prison, I was terrified to tell my story. As I began writing my memoir, the more I talked about the emerging themes with people, the more I realized how so many of us share different versions of the same struggles. My own healing journey has been a long, iterative process, but a worthwhile one I now feel compelled to share in an effort to help others find what works for them in the search for their authentic self.

My goal is to use my story to help my audience feel connected, and to realize they are not alone.

I create a safe space where individuals feel validated and understood, while honoring their own personal experiences.

*If you would be interested in hiring me to speak at an event or conference, please contact me for availability and pricing

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Experiential Workshops

Available Virtually or In-Person

New Year 2024 Special ~ $25 off in February!

Book a Live Virtual Series Starting in February and Receive a $25 Discount!

  • Live Virtual modules will be via Zoom ~ see Bookings tab or click the "Book Now" button for dates/times

  • Use coupon code NEWYEAR$25 - one discount per person, applies to any of the series starting in February

  • Discount only applies to individual participants for my Live Virtual Series available via Zoom


*Please contact me directly for pricing and availability of in-person workshops at your site*

Emotional Intelligence Training Series: 

(Consists of four, two hour modules)

Emotional Intelligence (E.Q.) is an important aspect of how we show up in the world and function in the workplace, in social situations and in intimate relationships. If you are at a place in your life where you find yourself  feeling stuck, frustrated or simply wanting more from your career or relationships, this workshop series if for you. The main goals of this workshop series are to dive into the four domains of E.Q., based on Daniel Goleman's model with the purpose of helping individuals:

1) clarify career and relationship goals

2) identify and remove barriers keeping them from achieving their goals

3) learn to regulate their emotions and begin to create a sustainable self-care plan

4) enhance their ability to manage conflict and enhance communication skills

Click here for full descriptions of each module and scroll down for participant testimonials

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Angeles Arrien, Ph.D.
Living the Four-Fold Way:
1. Show up,
or choose to be present.
2. Pay attention
to what has heart & meaning.
3. Tell the truth
without blame or judgment.
4. Be open to outcome,
not attached to outcome.
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