Testimonials for Communication Games
Facilitating in a way that is authentic, intentional, and inspiring can be challenging work, but Dr. Tartaro does it with ease. She navigates the group in a way that feels fluid and natural by allowing participants to take and receive what they need. I’ve attended her events to learn more about myself and others, but always leave with more than I could have imagined. Humanity needs more of Dr. Tartaro’s work.
~Sabrina Caverly, Life Span Doula & Coach
I went to my first SpeakUP session last night and I am so glad I did. Jessica Tartaro, your presence exuded healing. The evening felt like a perfect blend of gravity and levity, nurture and challenge. I kept thinking how the experience of two whole hours of meaningful human interaction is something almost no one engages in anymore. I happened to arrive to the session feeling on the brink of a panic attack after a very challenging week. So, it took a while for me to settle in. But as soon as I got deep into the process of what it means to speak honestly, especially in front of people I didn’t know, my focus drew away from what was bothering me and into the present moment–which was a lot calmer. Thank you. The work you do is so important. Everyone who gets the opportunity to work with you is a better person for it, I know I am!
~Bonnie Obremski, Founder, Storyborne
Until i joined Speak Up, i didn’t know how deeply i yearned for deep human connectedness, how little i had, and how my practice of keeping safe isolated me from others and myself…Now, it’s been 3 months in SpeakUP and a new desire, stronger than the long arm of trauma and fear, has rooted in me…i desire to be known by others, to be REAL, to show my feelings, my needs, my insecurities, my best…for the two hours in SpeakUP, i live inside a world where safety in human connectedness comes from behaviors exactly the opposite of those i have been using to keep me safe! Now, being vulnerable, not hidden…speaking from my emotions and intuition, not covering them up…being truthful, following curiosity to ask questions,feeling unsure but, saying ‘it’ anyway, and, speaking passionately about me and my life, that’s what makes me feel alive and safe!
Jessica Tartaro, our facilitator is unique in my experience of groups, because, she is a vulnerable participant as well as facilitator…i get to witness her vulnerability and see how, being truthful and exposed is strong, how, vulnerable and unsure brings out kindness and caring in others…by her actions, she is a reminder to speak what is true in the moment, to stay present and take care of myself, to speak from “i”, to check out my assumptions, and to follow what feels most ALIVE in me…i feel like a kid learning a new way to walk and talk
~Elisabet Skyhawk, Port Townsend