Who’s Who of the Jerusalem Coaching Institute

DR. LEAH GNIWESCH, Founder and Director, Jerusalem Coaching Institute. Dr. Leah teaches life-coaching, couples’ coaching and NLP. She is a certified life coach and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1998 from Yeshiva University. Dr. Leah currently resides with her family in Jerusalem, Israel and enjoys traveling, scuba diving and singing.

DR. HAROLD KONING, Senior Supervisor and Program Advisor. Dr. Koning is the founder of Dynamic Wellness Strategies and mentored Dr. Leah in coaching in 2002. He is a Life, Wellness and Career Coach based in Plantation Florida and has worked with thousands of clients around the world.

Dr. Koning holds a PhD degree in Social Psychology, a Master of Social Work degree, Master of Educational Technology, Master of Clinical Rational Hypnotherapy and Certification in Medical Hypnosis.  Dr. Koning also completed postgraduate training at the Harvard Medical School Mind/Body Institute. Dr. Koning developed “Potential Based Coaching Systems,” a Mind/Body healing approach.

Dr. Koning has an extensive work/research history in Europe, South America and the Caribbean. Having lived in South Florida for the last 21 years, he served a seven-year tenure as a Research Associate at the University of Miami School of Education and was an adjunct faculty member at St. Thomas University/Miami for three years.

He has developed and conducted many motivational speaking engagements and seminars over the years related to the Mind Body Connection for Pritikin Longevity Center, Florida Association of School Social Workers, Spa Atlantis, Gilda’s Club (South Florida Chapter) and the National Center for Communication and Justice just to name a few. Dr. Koning is featured in the book titled, Turning Dreams Into Success by Bunny and Larry Holman.
His motto: “I practice what I teach”.

In addition, Dr. Koning has taught and practiced Qi Gong for 25 years, is an instructor of Indonesian Martial Arts and a Master Drummer in the Afro-Caribbean tradition. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch, French and Surinamese Creole.

Dr. Koning’s work style is an integration of Mind-Body Medicine, NLP, Humanistic Psychology, Trans-personal Psychology, Guided Affective Imagery, Kinesiology, and humor.


BEN GOLDFARB, NLP Instructor. Ben was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to Israel in 1988. Before starting his corporate coaching business, Paradigm Shift Communications, he worked as a technical writer and editor for 10 years. Some of the companies he has worked for include Amdocs, Telrad, and Galileo/Marvell. As a corporate coach, he has given seminars and training sessions at Israel Aircraft Industry and Philips Medical Systems. Ben has helped clients overcome phobias, create and attain goals, and recreate their personal and professional lives. His books, Take Two: Nostalgic Futures” and “Take Two: Directing Your Life for a Change” are available on Amazon. He lives with his wife and children in Jerusalem.

NATHALIE GARSONMarketing Instructor. Nathalie has over 15 years of experience in the US, France and Israel as a Business Development and Marketing Director, Business Coach and Consultant in Strategy and Business Development.  She is the Founder and CEO of Yazamut Israel.
Nathalie is passionate about empowering businesses and individuals to be the best at what they do by defining their specific value proposition based on a holistic approach, building bridges between business performance and personal aspirations.