I am a long-time student of Transactional Analysis and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). I’ve studied with Marshall Rosenberg, author of Non-Violent Communication, and was mentored for many years by Stan Dale, the founder of Human Awareness Institute (HAI). I have a certification in hypnotherapy. I am also a certified instructor of Parent Effectiveness Training (PET) and I offer training and conflict resolution for parents. I’ve designed and led hundreds of workshops, support groups, and leadership trainings worldwide. I am available to support you in person, by telephone, or in online video sessions.
chasaugust has written 58 posts for Intimacy, Relationship, Life Counseling

Studying Love Scientifically

Here’s an article about John and Julie Gottman and their attempt to actually mine data to learn how to make long-term relationship grow and thrive. Continue reading


Many of us wondered if we would live to see this day, the day the US Government would support what has come to be called marriage equality – the idea that two people of the same gender, who choose to embrace all that marriage entails, have the same right to marry as two people who happen to be a man and a woman. Friday last, June 26, 2015…the Supreme Court, stated same gender couples deserve “equal dignity in the eyes of the law.” Continue reading

The Great Underwear Paradigm Shift or I See London, I See France…

I’m not sure I’ve ever actually had that thought about any guy I was looking at in real life – hey fella, your underwear is really sexy. And, because that censor that lives inside of us keeping us from blurting out every fool thought that comes to mind is defective in me, I said something like “Damn, that underwear is really sexy! What kind is it?” Continue reading

Can we be lovers and not have sex?

Brentan Schellenbach, posted by, “For me, sharing sex with someone requires a certain alignment, and I do not take that lightly. My sex requires that I can possibly foresee living with a person and combining all my stuff with all of their stuff (and I mean physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual stuff—the stuff that just feels heavy if it’s not the right … Continue reading

The Healing Power of Touch

Today, June 8, is the anniversary of the passing of my favorite teacher – Stan Dale.  Stan was the founder of the Human Awareness Institute and the originator of the Love, Intimacy and Sexuality workshops.  Stan and his workshops changed my life (and the lives of tens of thousands of people, worldwide).   As I read this article -It’s … Continue reading

What I Wanted My Father To Say

By Chas August In my memories, my relationship with my father was always tempestuous.   I am the third of his five offspring, the second of three boys, the middle child.  For as long as I can remember, Dad was a drunk.  (I used to say he was an alcoholic, but it always felt like I … Continue reading

To Live in the World and be Happy

As Abe Lincoln famously said: “People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  Happiness is a choice, a habit of mind, and a skill that can be cultivated.  Like most skills, some people seem to be born with more of it than other people.  And like most skills, with practice, … Continue reading

10 Beautiful Words About Love That Don’t Exist in English

Here’s a great reminder that there are so many flavors of love, and so much to appreciate 10 Beautiful Words About Love That Don’t Exist in English.

We Must Stop Adapting to a Culture of Rape

The subject of rape has been in the news quite a bit this past year or so, and I am having lots of feelings about what some are calling our “rape culture” . “Legitimate Rape” A year ago, March 2012, Todd Akin, Missouri Republican candidate for the US Senate, when asked about allowing abortions when … Continue reading

What is the Purpose of Marriage?

Marriage inequality is already enshrined in our laws. State Governments (here in the USA), in fact, restrict who can get married.  None allow polygamy; none allow brother-sister, mother-son, and father-daughter unions.   Four States require both parties to “pass” a blood test, proving you are not infected with one or more STI’s (usually syphilis and gonorrhea).  … Continue reading

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