Future of Health Coaching Online Library

Using Coaching at End of Life: A Converation with Dr. Don Eisenhauer, PCC

Interview with Lois MacNaughton, BA, ACC

March 2017

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End-of-Life Coaching is a process of being with people who are dying and those who are grieving.  This process recognizes the person who is dying or who is grieving as the expert of his/her life.  An End-of-Life Coach is responsible for creating a ‘safe place’ in which the person feels free to share without self-censorship. The End-of-Life Coach asks powerful questions: questions that are born out of the coach’s deep listening.  These questions invite the person to look within to find the answers that are already there yet have gone unacknowledged.  The coach affirms the normalcy of the process of dying and the process of grieving. This particular form of being with another offers a person someone to walk alongside them without offering advice, fixing them, or assuming to know what is right for them. End-of-Life Coaching honors the person’s wisdom and explores ways for them to live from it.  Transformation occurs when the person is seen and heard in this deep way.


Dr. Don Eisenhauer, PCC is the founder of Coaching at End of Life, LLC, providing end of life training, resources, and coach certification. He is a Professional Certified Coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation, and in addition to doing end-of-life coaching and leading grief support groups, he serves as a Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator for a hospice in Pennsylvania. Don is author of the book, Coach Yourself Through Grief. Other publications include the eBook, “Life Lessons from Dragonflies: Helping Us Face the Inevitable End of Life Issues,” and the textbook, Coaching at End of Life: A Coach Approach to Ministering to the Dying and the Grieving.  Don has a passion to help people live fully until they die, and to equip individuals to journey with the dying and the grieving.


Coaching and Healing: A Conversation with The Authors

Interviewed by Reggie Marra

February 2017

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In what ways can we be in greater service in the relief of suffering? What initiatives might we Enact to bring our ideas and our gifts into the world with greater power and grace? How can we move from a personal to a global perspective? The Authors, all certified Integral Master coaches are engaged in a journey to better understand healing from the inside emphasizing the salutogenic (health-creating) approach. An essential aspect of the group’s collective process is the cultivation of healing narratives that highlight the unique resources available to everyone who is engaged in the healing process. Reggie Marra will interview his coauthors as they explore the connection between Coaching and Healing and lead us on what promises to be an informative, insightful and enlightening journey into the nature of healing and our own person healing narratives.


Coaching and Healing is the product of a group of 10 Health Coaches from across North America who share a desire to explore the role that coaching can play in healing. They sought to deepen, strengthen and hone the natural connection between coaching and healing in their lives and coaching practices while providing physicians, healthcare practitioners and their patients with an intimate understanding of the powerful tool coaching is  in supporting treatment and helping to chart a healing path through illness. The Authors of Coaching and Healing offer this work as testament to the spark of transformation that resides within each individual.

Coaching Chronic Pain: A Conversation with Shelly Jackson, ACC

Interviewed by Dr. Joel Kreisberg

January 2017


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More and more we are learning to manage our chronic pain with less medication. Shelly Jackson will share her experience coaching people with chronic pain in a conversation with Dr. Kreisberg and the coaching community. Shelly is on a mission to bring together healers and those suffering with chronic pain. She is working to introduce health coaching as an important healing modality for individuals whose chronic pain has not been addressed through mainstream methods.


Shelly Jackson Buffington is a certified professional coach, specializing in using mindful pain management to support people living with pain and illness.  She’s lived with chronic pain for over a decade due to a debilitating spinal injury and congenital bilateral hip dysplasia. Shelly’s also the host of  the popular show, Painiac the Podcast for Mindful Pain Management. Learn more about Shelly’s work at

Poetry, Motion and the Art of Noticing with Janet E. Aalfs

Interviewed By Reggie Marra

December 2016

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The place of deepening – where we must keep going to discover the next silence and word, the next still-point and gesture – forms the core of the poem, of the dance. The act of noticing with all of our senses, our whole heart-mind, body, and spirit, creates an open path for clear words and motion to arise, create momentum, and transform. Through movement meditation, spoken word, writing, and sharing our work, we encourage deepening into the next level of healing practice, and of freedom. As Toni Morrison has said, “The function of freedom is to free somebody else.” Any creative spark with which one takes the positive risk to become more free is truly a gift.


Janet E. Aalfs, poet laureate emeritus of Northampton, MA (2003-2005), a Jian Mei branch chief instructor of Tai Chi and Qigong, a 7th degree black belt in Shuri-ryu Karate, and a 6th degree black belt in Arnis Filipino Stick Arts, has been sharing her poetic movement weavings locally, nationally, and internationally for almost 40 years. Founder and director of Lotus Peace Arts at Valley Women’s Martial Arts, a non-profit community school since 1977, Janet is dedicated to helping create sites for revelation, creative understanding, and healing. She enjoys the ongoing process of learning through cultural exchange, and the “You-I-We” of this collaborative work. In 2013, Janet was inducted into the International Modern Arnis Black Belt Hall of Fame and received a Pioneer Award. Recipient of the 2013 Leadership and Advocacy in the Arts Award from the Center for Women and Community, UMass/Amherst, the 2016 National Women’s Martial Arts Federation Founders Award, and prizes for her poetry, Janet practices peace-building through arts activism in an everyday way. She has been a Dodge Festival Poet and presenter/performer at numerous events and conferences. Her poetry is widely published in journals and anthologies, and her most recent book is Bird of a Thousand Eyes, from Levellers Press.

Health Coaching and Functional Medicine with Sandra Scheinbaum, Ph D

Interviewed by Dr. Joel Kreisberg

November 2016

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Join us in a lively introduction to Functional Medicine Health Coaching.  Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD, the CEO and Program Director of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, discusses with Dr. Kreisberg the emerging working relationship between health coaches and Functional Medicine practitioners.  Learn how Dr. Scheinbaum integrates the principles of Functional Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, nutrition, positive psychology as part of her comprehensive training program.


Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum is the founder and CEO of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, a program established in collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine.  An Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and licensed clinical psychologist with a Masters degree in learning disabilities, Dr. Scheinbaum has specialized in blending mind-body medicine with positive psychology and taught stress management to both children and adults for over 40 years. She established a clinic for diagnosing and treating attention deficit disorders and also ran a clinic for treating panic and anxiety.  Dr. Scheinbaum is a board-certified senior fellow in biofeedback, certified health coach and registered yoga instructor She taught graduate level courses in the psychology of eating, mind-body medicine,and the psychology of well-being.  Dr. Scheinbaum is the author of Stop Panic Attacks in 10 Easy Steps and How to Give Clients the Skills to Stop Panic Attacks, and conducted one of the first controlled studies of neurofeedback for the treatment of ADD.

Heart Based Business Transformation with Leslie Nipps

Interviewed by Dr. Joel Kreisberg

October 2016 

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In Leslie’s search for guidance when she founded her change work practice in 2008, she discovered a dizzying array of business growth offerings. As useful as many of them were, they were often poor matches for her as someone who wanted to build a successful business while maintaining deep integrity. Seeking to find “a better way,” she developed a method for working through business challenges while maintaining integrity. The result is her training approach for new and struggling practitioners to learn what they need to know about business, and be successful and joyful in their practice, so they can bring their good work to clients whom they want to serve. For more information about her services, go to
Leslie Nipps has been supporting people through deep transformation for over twenty years, first as an ordained Episcopal priest (ordained in 1994), and as a Masters certified NLP and Family Constellations practitioner. She has a private healing, coaching and training practice in Oakland, CA. She’s trained with leaders in many fields, including Bert & Sophie Hellinger, founders of Family Constellation work, and Carol Erickson, daughter of Milton Erickson. Most of her business knowledge comes from working for many  years with coaches at Heart of Business, especially its founder Mark Silver.

Embodied Spirituality and the Continuum of Addiction with Jay Stearns, Th.M.

Interviewed by Reggie Marra

September 2016

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We tend to know more than we can live – and if we could fully embody and live all that we know, our lives might be healthier, more peaceful and more fruitful. Listen in to Jay Stearns and Teleosis Creative Director, Reggie Marra, as they explore what we (think we) know, what we embody and live, and what we do in order to escape from discomfort in our lives. Jay believes that he receives more from the people with addictions with whom he works than he is able to give them, that each of us holds a place along a continuum of addiction, and that we are more or less healthy and fortunate according to the content and intensity of our particular place thereon, and our ability to embody and live fully into what we know.

Jay Stearns, Th.M. Jay calls forth our poetic imagination through his use of poetry in his practice as a personal and group consultant, and workshop and seminar leader. He serves as Director of Spiritual Care at the Pathways Treatment Center for Addictions in Annapolis, Maryland, and is a co-founder of the Creative Conversations organization that brought David Whyte, Angeles Arrien, Danna Faulds and Mark Nepo to the Annapolis area in recent years. Because he loves exploring the endless possibilities for participating in relationships with nature, Native American wisdom and the traditions of nature-based spirituality have become his primary teachers.


Health Coaching and Nutrition Professionals, Partnering for a Better Future:
A Conversation with Nicole Hodson

Interviewed by Dr. Joel Kreisberg

August 2016

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Since health coaches work with diet and nutrition, we’ve asked Nicole Hodson, the Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals to discuss the role of nutrition professionals in the growing health and wellness perspectives in modern health care. Nicole will share topics including the difference between a Natural Chef and a Nutritional Consultant, the educational requirements to become a Nutritional Consultant, the role of certification in the holistic nutrition industry, and how nutritional professionals serve as a key resource for health coaches and health professionals in general. Join Teleosis’ Joel Kreisberg in this conversation with Nicole Hodson.


Nicole Hodson is a Nutrition Consultant graduate of Bauman College, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, and the Executive Director of the NANP. After healing herself and her husband from several chronic health conditions through whole foods nutrition, Nicole left the managed “healthcare” industry to pursue a career where she could affect more positive change. She has been with the NANP since 2007. Her passion for the industry is infectious, and she has made it her life’s mission to promote whole foods nutrition and those who teach it, in every way possible.

Nicole is wholly dedicated to putting holistic nutrition professionals to work, and to protecting their right to practice. Nicole is grateful to have found a career where she can meld her fifteen years of experience in the managed care arena with her education and enthusiasm for the holistic approach to health and wellness. She is a freelance nutrition writer, and dedicated ‘foodie’ who loves living in the Salinas Valley, also known as “the salad bowl.”

Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria

Clear your mind, open your heart, embrace your soul and heal your life

Interviewed by Reggie Marra

July 2016

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Michael wants to move the ongoing conversation from mind-body-soul-spirit to intentionally name the role of heart as the central missing dynamic in our human experience and current cultural struggles. By returning to the centrality of living from and through the heart, we can experience the true nature of reality that is grounded in flow, process, and a deep interconnectedness among all phenomena.

For over 30 years Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria has been guiding others on their life journeys. As an author, yoga/meditation instructor, and 4-time Grammy® nominated recording artist he brings an integrative, holistic approach to helping the whole person throughout the life journey. Michael is known for combining eastern, western and indigenous approaches in his healing work – bridging the worlds of depth psychology, mindfulness practice and expressive arts in a unique, dynamic and accessible way.

In his latest book, Peace Within, he discusses his journey through his own dark night of the soul, which inspired him to write this companionable workbook for integrative wellness. The book is also the basis for his new training program – Peace Within: Process for Integrative Wellness.

Dr. Joel Kreisberg, DC, ACC

Why Narrative Health Coaching? Why Now?
The power of upgrading your story

Interviewed by Reggie Marra

May 2016 

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Join Dr. Joel Kreisberg in a conversation about Narrative Healing and how you can apply it to your everday life and/or coaching practice. Narrative healing invites us to ask, what’s really happening right now – what’s true in this moment? and then provides space to interpret this ‘truth,’ telling our story in a way that supports and nurtures us. This healing interpretation differs significantly from the conventional Western medicine concept of curing — when something is wrong we want it to be right again – to be fixed, gone, cured. Narrative healing embraces what Aaron Antonovsky calls a “sense of coherence” about our situation, where coherence includes the extent to which we feel we can comprehend, manage and find meaning in what we face.

Dr. Joel Kreisberg, DC,ACC, received his doctorate from New York Chiropractic College, a Masters of Arts from Prescott College, AZ, and a Bachelors of Arts from Wesleyan University, CT.  He is an Integral Master Coach ™ through Integral Coaching Canada Inc. “My commitment is help you recognize the potential for healing in our everyday aches and pains.  By listening to your body, your feelings, and the power of nature, healing can be mastered naturally and powerfully.  My passion for natural healing and healthy living supports this simplicity and allows for the flourishing of body, mind and soul.”

Karen Wyatt, MD

The 7 Lessons Wisdom Path

Interviewed by Dr. Joel Kreisberg

April 2016 

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Join physician Karen Wyatt in a conversation about the Wisdom Path- a transformational program based on the lessons learned through Dr. Wyatt’s experiences with end-of –life patients. We will discuss Dr. Wyatt’s teachings including how to use her 7 lessons model in your professional practice as well as ways in which to utilize her teachings for personal growth and development.

Dr. Karen Wyatt is the author of the book What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Livingfrom the Stories of the Dying, which contains stories of patients she cared for as a hospicedoctor and the spiritual lessons she learned from them at the end of their lives.Dr. Wyatt also hosts End-of-Life University, an online interview series that featuresconversations with experts who work in all aspects of end-of-life care. She is widelyregarded as a thought-leader in the effort to transform the way we care for our dying inthe U.S. In addition, she is valued for her application of spiritual principles to illness andhealthcare and teaches that in order to live life fully we must each overcome our fear ofdeath and embrace the difficulties that life brings us.

Tom Janisse, MD, MBA

Narrative Healing & Poetry

With Gary Huffaker, MD & Reggie Marra, MA

March 2016 

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Join board member Gary Huffaker and poet Reggie Marra, as they explore narrative healing with special guest physician Tom Janisse. Dr. Janisse will present original work for interpretation and conversation in this unique opportunity to listen and learn. Following a series of readings and discussions, participants will join the call with question and answer about the use of poetry and narrative in healing.

Tom Janisse, MD, MBA, is the founding editor-in-chief of The Permanente Journal – an international PubMed-indexed, medical and social science journal, in which is embedded a literary and arts journal, leaflet. He is also a publisher of Soul of the Healer: Art & Stories, and the forthcoming Narrative Medicine Anthology, both from The Permanente Press. During his nine years as associate medical director of Northwest Permanente Medical Group in Portland, Oregon, he conducted relationship research with physicians with the highest patient satisfaction. He sponsors Narrative Medicine writing workshops for doctors and health professionals and publishes their Quick Writes, and co-sponsors the annual Taos Writing Retreat for Health Professionals.


Ruth Wolever, PhD

Becoming a Certified Health Coach: The Journey Forward

Interviewed by Reggie Marra

February 2016 

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For six years, the coaching leadership through the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches ( has worked towards a standard for professional health and wellness coaching. In 2015, programs have been accredited in anticipation of a 2016 launch of a health and wellness coach certification. “While over 350 articles in the peer-reviewed literature describe health or wellness coaching interventions, careful scrutiny reveals enormous heterogeneity in use of the terms ‘health’ or ‘wellness’ coach.” Join Dr. Wolever in our next Vital Conversation discussing how these changes will impact the health coaching profession. Participants will have a chance to ask questions at the end of the discussion.

Ruth Wolever, PhD serves as the Director of Health: Education, Research & Practice Coaching and as an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Trained as a clinical health psychologist, she is a national leader in the study of mindfulness-based approaches to self-regulation and lifestyle change. Dr. Wolever is the Founding Research Director for Duke Integrative Medicine and the Chief Scientific Officer for eMindful. She is a nationally recognized expert on Health and Wellness Coaching and one of the elected leaders of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (

Helayne Waldman, EdD

The Transition from Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor

Interviewed by Dr. Joel Kreisberg

January 2016

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Have you successfully “beaten” cancer in your life? Do you know someone or are you with someone who has? Good chance you have. Cancer survivors are expected to return to their “normal” life without much thought by the medical system that geared up to beat the illness. With 10 million survivors in the US and growing, Helayne Waldman, author of Whole Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors is implementing a program that works with each person to help them move into the next phase of their cancer journey: Survivorship, as originally proposed by the Nat’l Institutes of Medicine in 2006.

Thank you for all that you do to make this world a healthier and more educated one. Your webinars and websites are so informative! I send much appreciation for all of your helpful and encouraging contributions in the health field.” – Beverly S.

In this Vital Conversation Helayne will tell us about her new program Renew: Care and Support for Cancer Survivors, that offers a complete approach- summarizing information critical to the individual’s long-term care, including remediating short and long term treatment side effects and developing proactive, productive strategies in the areas of nutrition and lifestyle. As a specialist in oncology nutrition Helayne will focus on recurrence prevention, addressing both fundamental topics such as hydration, physical activity and stress management as well as specific nutritional strategies designed to create an anti-cancer lifestyle.

Dr. Helayne Waldman, EdD, CNE is passionate about empowering cancer survivors to take charge of their health.  An expert nutritionist and co-author of the Whole Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors, she brings you cutting-edge survivorship wisdom honed as an acclaimed lecturer for Hawthorn University, the University of Western States and the Cancer Support Community. She is an active blogger for health sites such as and


Robert Kegan, PhD

Right Weight, Right Mind:
The Immunity-to-Change  Approach to Sustained Weight-Loss

Interviewed by Dr. Joel Kreisberg

December 2016

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If you ask any group of people, “Raise your hand if you’d like to lose some weight,” it is always the same-­‐ -­‐ a majority of hands will instantly reach for the sky. Losing weight is actually not that hard. Most of those who raise their hands have lost weight, some of them many times. You, yourself, have lost weight, haven’t you? Probably many times. The big uncracked problem with weight is not really about how to lose it—but how to keep it off. The average dieter regains 107% of the weight they take off!

Being able to do what you intend is not primarily a matter of having a big enough pay-­‐off, or a great enough sense of urgency. It is primarily about uncovering a hidden mechanism in your mind, which this book will teach you about. Once you know it—and can make concrete, practical use of it-­‐-­‐you will see before you the bridge from what you want to do to what you can do, and you will be able to walk across this bridge as often as you like.

[startaccordion title=”Robert Kegan”]Robert Kegan, is the Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, his thirty years of research and writing on adult development have contributed to the recognition that ongoing psychological development is at once possible and necessary to meet the demands of modern life.  His seminal books, The Evolving Self and In Over Our Heads, have been published in several languages throughout the world.  With long-time colleague, Lisa Lahey, he is also the author of How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work, and, most recently, Immunity to Change, which has now been published in seven languages.[endaccordion]

Lewis Mehl-Madrona

Healing the Mind through the Power of Story

Interviewed by Dr. Joel Kreisberg

November 2015

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“My personal goals include the furthering of a paradigm shift within medicine, psychiatry, and psychology toward aligning with indigenous knowledge systems and providing healing activities more in line with what traditional cultures have offered.  I am interested in our creating new science that is not the same old, same old linear boredom of Newton and conventional statistics, but that uses complexity theory and quantum physics concepts to explore our world, and, more importantly, to find ways to help each other to heal and to grow and change.”

[startaccordion title=”Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD”]Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what Native culture has to offer the modern world. He has also written Narrative Medicine, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry, and, his most recent book with Barbara Mainguy, Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story.[endaccordion]

Jeremy Youst

Transforming Stress, Anxiety, and Resistance into Relaxation and Focus

Interviewed by Reggie Marra

October 2015

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The Physiology of Breathwork: Transforming Stress, Anxiety, and Resistance, into Relaxation and Focus
What does it mean to really take a deep breath? How does bringing our awareness to our breath regulate our autonomic nervous system, and how can breathing be a useful tool in regulating stressful situations? These are some of the questions master of somatic breath therapist, Jeremy Youst, will discuss with us in our next chapter of Vital Conversations. Jeremy will take us on a journey of open, healthy breathwork including experiential exercises you can use yourself and with clients.  Join us as Jeremy shares his wisdom bringing this simple and powerful intervention to life as a therapeutic tool for healing.

Jeremy Youst is the Founder of the Power of Breath Institute. A Master Somatic Breath Therapy Practitioner.[endaccordion]

Meg Jordan

The Essence of Health Coaching: Nourishing the National Dialogue

Interviewed by Dr. Joel Kreisberg

September 2015

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The vision of a National Certification for health and wellness coaches will officially begin in the next  month representing a consensus drawn by leaders through the National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC).  Dr. Meg Jordan, author of How to Be a Health Coach: An Integrative Wellness Approach has been instrumental in leading this dialogue, building consensus and demonstrating integrative leadership.  Join Meg as she shares the latest news about the process as well as her vision of the opportunities that lie ahead for health and wellness coaches


[startaccordion title=”The Essence of Health Coaching”]Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP, is Department Chair of Integrative Health Studies and Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where her focus is preparing graduate students as catalysts for positive change in health care, wellness and health promotion. As a medical anthropologist, holistic RN specializing in integrative health and behavioral medicine, and journalist, Meg has traveled the world and realized that good medicine is the one that works for you, no matter if it’s alternative, complementary or conventional. With over 25 years experience in the health field, she is committed to finding the safest, most reliable and scientifically valid approaches.[endaccordion]

The Future of Health Coaching is a free monthly online conversation offering tools and perspectives to revitalize and inform health coaches and health professionals working with Integrative Health.  Registered participants will receive  access to current 60-minute conversation hosted by Teleosis’ Directors, Dr. Joel Kreisberg and Reggie Marra. The dialogues are available for  24 hour access.  Enrolled participants will have ongoing access to the archives of previous conversations.

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