I have been a teacher/coach my entire life. As a full-time musician I was continually reading about psychology, philosophy and self-help. On tour my fellow musicians would ask what school I was attending, as I was highlighting books and taking notes. Since I have a natural inclination to share what I learn, I became a private teacher at an early age. I noticed from the beginning how people learned optimally. I became aware that I was coaching, and was more interested in helping people learn than merely teaching.
After suffering from a neck injury due to bad posture, I started studying the Alexander Technique to get rid of the pain. Through the Alexander Technique I was able to cure my neck problem and avoid surgery. After studying the technique diligently for some years, I enrolled in the three-year training course to become a certified Alexander Technique teacher. I graduated from The American Center For The Alexander Technique (ACAT) and was certified by The American Society For The Alexander Technique (AmSAT) in 2003. During my training I was introduced to the work of Marshall Rosenberg and Non- Violent Communication.
It was also during my training that I was diagnosed with diabetes. I’ll never forget that day, or the ensuing weeks when some of the symptoms started. It was a hard time. Once I figured out how to control my diabetes, I started helping friends, and friends of friends. People have different ways of dealing with their diabetes, including denial. I was able to help people without just ‘telling them what to do.’ I was coaching.
I received a call from a life coach asking me if I would like to do an exchange of Alexander Technique lessons for general coaching sessions. Since I had known about life coaching (or general coaching) for years, this seemed like an intriguing idea. It turned out far better than I expected. I loved my coaching sessions for a myriad of reasons. It is an amazing experience to be truly listened to on a deep level. Life coaching is incredibly logical and practical, and it helped clarify what was really important to me. In addition, I had a non-judgmental accountability partner. It was, and continues to be, truly invaluable.
From my coaching sessions I realized that I wanted to become a certified as a diabetes coach, since I had been coaching diabetics since 2002. Although it is still not required for coaches to be certified (and most aren’t) I wanted the formal education, training and certification. After much research I found a coaching school with a rigorous program in New York City (Coaching For Transformation). I am Certified Professional Coach (CPC) dedicated to coaching diabetics like me.
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Mark Josefsberg, Certified Coach for Diabetics