COACHING AND HEALING Offers Help with Illness, Loss, or Trauma

COACHING AND HEALING Offers Help with Illness, Loss, or Trauma

Coaching and healing offers a robust approach to working with illness, trauma and loss. Coaches - executive, life and health - often have to work with serious illness, loss or trauma. Whether coaches have the relevant training or not, life events insert themselves into the lives of individuals working with coaches. The recently published book, Coaching and Healing: Transcending the Illness Narrative, co-authored by ten diverse coaches, articulates a compassionate method for alleviating suffering through skillful coaching. By gently honoring the experience of pain, and bringing awareness to the healing story, coaches have the opportunity to significantly impact clients and reduce suffering.

Coaching and Healing covers the philosophical distinction between healing and curing, the use of healing narratives, a detailed introduction to the Integral Coaching method when applied to healing, and six case studies of real clients who have worked with the principles offered in the book. The most compelling and moving elements of the book are the healing narratives presented by each of the co-authors. These first-person stories bring to life the healing possibilities coaching can access. "As coaches, our presence, our hearts, and our skills are offered in support of healing for those who make the commitment to working with a coach. Our work is to deepen our ability to be present with the full range of the human condition and to skillfully support the emergence of healing," says co-author Reggie Marra.

Key ingredients for working with Coaching and Healing include:

  • Embodying an understanding of the potential sense of 'groundlessness' that illness and loss create
  • Shedding inflated ambitions for the client to get better
  • Engaging the client's competency for healing as well as his or her capacity for healing
  • Attuning to the boundary between coaching and other healing disciplines

"The remarkable individuals who compiled this volume bring their personal experiences, combined wisdom and the insights of their Integral Coaching discipline to distinguish between disease and illness, cure and healing. They point a way to the alchemical transformation of suffering into peace and health," writes Gabor Maté MD, the author of When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress.

About the Authors:

Joel Kreisberg DC, ACC is Executive Director of the Teleosis Institute and maintains a private practice in Integrative Homeopathic Medicine.

Alex Douds, MSW, ACC possesses more than 35 years of corporate experience in leadership roles.

Amy Phillips is a business consultant and Integral Master Coach based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jill Lang Ward (1952 - 2016) Soon after retiring from a successful career in the Canadian civil service, Jill was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which set her on a profound path of healing.

John Stoddart is a health coach, educator, and advocate, based in Ottawa and Vancouver, Canada.

Julie Flaherty, JD provides counsel and coaching to clients ranging from nonprofits to Fortune 50 companies.

Karin Hempel, MA is a seasoned technology executive working in the Financial Services industry.

Leslie Williams, MS, MCC is President of LeaderShift Consulting, a Washington DC based executive coaching firm.

Lois MacNaughton, ACC is a life coach and Core Faculty member at Teleosis Institute.

Reggie Marra, MA, ACC is the author of three poetry and three nonfiction books, including the 2016 release, And Now, Still. In addition to his poetry and coaching work, Reggie is the Creative Director at the Teleosis Institute.

About Teleosis Institute
The Teleosis Institute is an educational non-profit organization devoted coaching and narrative healing. The vision of Teleosis, is to support a community of health professionals who engage the skills of narrative healing, promoting deep lasting change in individuals, organizations and the communities.

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