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Narrative Health coaching is a powerful tool for relieving suffering. Our commitment at Teleosis is to bring our unique blend of high quality education to a broad range of individuals and health professionals. To have the most impact, it’s essential that we reach into communities that may not have access to our type of programs. Our work makes a difference regardless of an individual’s economic status, race, color or gender. Our training is powerful, and we’d like to continue to be in a position to offer financial assistance in order to provide access to a diversity of students.
100% of your gift will go directly financial assistance for students wanting our training.
Our board and staff invite you to help us reach under-served communities in the United States and beyond. With your help, we can make sure that we reach beyond those who have the ability to afford care, and better touch everyone who needs healing. Please consider a gift to help us help others.
Nina Fry-Kizler, Board Chair
Joel Kreisberg, DC, PCC, Executive Director
“As a formally trained classical homeopath, I have often thought there was something missing in the intake process; I understood all the variables necessary for a good prognostic evaluation, but didn’t know if my intake format was beneficial to the client’s growth. I could send the client off with an appropriate remedy, but wondered if I’d established tools for the client to work within the remedy’s effect for emotional or mental growth. Teleosis’s Narrative Health Coach training provides the missing skills that complement my homeopathic training. Assisting a client by adopting a salutogenic mindset for wellness, and looking through one or more of the four perspectives for problem solving, has made a tremendous difference in how I conduct my intakes. Most importantly, there is more development and consensus in the clients’ participation in their healing. I see weight lifted from them in the first visit: a smile and light in their face when they realize the gravity of a situation can be managed. Whether it happens quickly or within a few visits, each client has grown with the methods I have learned from the Teleosis classes I have taken.”
Zelda worked for many years in information technology with investment banking firms in New York and the United Nations, which she considered her life’s accomplishment until she found complementary alternative medicine. She currently works as a technical communications specialist for the leading health care consulting firm for state fiscal implementations. She has an MSPH in Community Medicine and has studied classical homeopathy. Zelda is completing graduate work in cardiology and natural medicine, and enjoys traveling, reading, and foreign language movies.
“I came into the Narrative Healing class not as a professional, but as someone who wanted to heal. Since 1998 I have tried diverse therapies for bipolar. In the first session I questioned if I belonged, if I was ‘good enough’ or had anything in common with the healthcare practitioners in the class. I gradually saw that I did belong, as we are all human and we all need to heal from something at some point in our lives.
“The written forums helped me focus my mind and writing towards healing. Sharing with and getting feedback from classmates was grounding and felt safe. Writing as a medium for healing was exactly what I needed. After all, therapy for mental illness is mostly an inside job and what better way to talk or work with yourself than through writing? The benefits of reading certain assigned material, sorting through past events and the experience of my brain with bipolar via this particular class has been more useful to my understanding and managing my behavior and experience with bipolar compared to the standard practices I have tried within the psychiatric norms of treatment.
“I know that other willing persons diagnosed with a mental illness who want to help themselves to the raw material in their minds in a safe and supportive forum would benefit, on a therapeutic level, from this course. I hope parents and loved ones encourage others like me to enroll in this course. This class allowed me to open some doors that were off limits in my mind. There’s more breathing room between me and my thoughts now. There’s more peace. I’m not cured, yet healing has occurred within my mind.”
”Helping people has been my passion in life. It is a natural process to seek certification for what I have been doing already. I chose Narrative Health Coaching Certification from Teleosis due to the wisdom of the teachers and style of teaching. Story gathering has been a significant part of my healing practice. I continue to value engaging the story, and the program validates my use of story for healing. Within Teleosis, it has been a wonderful journey, learning how to present myself as a coach. The experienced instructors and fellow health coaches influence my coaching practice tremendously. Being able to apply my learning right away in my daily practice is a huge benefit. I enjoy my experience of online learning which requires efficiency and accountability in communication through technology. I am very satisfied with my development. I feel more prepared to launch my business in health coaching. I plan to replicate my learning experience creating workshops online with people all over the world”.
Njoroge Tho-Biaz is the CEO of Choice-Oasis Retreats, a consciousness research, coaching wellness, and publishing organization. In 2014, he was recognized as one of the “Santa Fe Living Treasures” for serving the community as a teacher, and as an 11-year stroke survivor.
“I want to learn how to frame healing within a growth mindset, so that the client can also see it as a process with infinite potential,” offers Jiaun Heng. “Becoming healthy is a process that requires feedback from the outside. The little things that you do for yourself make a big difference. Having a coach provides that feedback in a profound way.
“I think healing is a process of getting whole, it’s coming into more of ourselves. When we look at it as something that is wrong with somebody, we take something away from this holistic journey. I want to be able to approach a client with the vision of the very best self they can be, offering the hope of becoming more of who we are.”
“While healing is not the professional path I took, I still identify first and foremost as a healer. Teleosis’s Narrative Health Coaching program takes a truly developmental approach to healing that keeps the coach and client focused on a specific healing topic and requires us as coaches to engage our own development while learning to coach others. My learning even helps me in current work as I approach colleagues with a professional coaching, mentoring perspective.
“The classes require us to reflect on ourselves and respond to each other, and the teachers model this. I found the Narrative Healing class especially poignant in that Reggie Marra lives and breathes what he teaches – he personifies his love for writing and narrative – he’s living his purpose. In the Online Coaching Clinic Joel Kreisberg models not just coaching skill but vulnerability as he invites feedback from the students who observe his live coaching sessions.
“I get out what I put into this program, and I’m experiencing the beauty of receiving when I give.”
Jon Levin is a husband and father who currently works as a program manager at Pacific Gas and Electric managing two programs in the Supply Chain realm Contractor Safety and Vendor Risk. He is looking to change career paths moving forward. Jon had an interest in Holistic Health back in the early 80’s, didn’t pursue it, and is making his way in that direction now.
Our free monthly online conversations offer tools and perspectives to inform health coaches and health professionals working with Narrative Health Coaching and Narrative Healing. We’re not alone in our beliefs in the value of a free community space. We’ve attracted leaders in their fields who are eager to contribute. Teachers such as Robert Kegan, PhD, Meg Jordan, PhD, and Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD continue to contribute. Ongoing psychological development, integrative wellness, narrative medicine are all necessary for meeting the demands of modern life.
With your support we can continue to give back to our growing community through our Conversation on the Future of Health Coaching program. While we have the best in their fields presenting with us on various topics that pertain to the coaching community, we still need your help with keeping the program free. Conversations on the Future of Health Coaching requires staff, web-hosting, conferencing programs and marketing materials, and we rely on your help to sustain it.
When you donate $100 or more we’ll send you a copy of Coaching and Healing: Transcending the Illness Narrative, written by Joel Kreisberg, Reggie Marra, Lois MacNaugton and seven of our Integral Coaching® colleagues.
“The book Coaching and Healing pioneers a new area of research and practice, namely, the application of Integral Coaching to the process of healing. It’s a natural match in many ways, and yet remains sadly under-applied at this time. Coaching and Healing aims to redress that lack by directly approaching the topic through the lens of Integral Theory and Integral Coaching itself.”
-Ken Wilber, author of Integral Spirituality and Grace and Grit
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