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The Work Coach – Heinz Meisnitzer


In my work as certified facilitator and as coach and teaching coach, I follow the ethic guidelines of the ITW (Institute for The Work) and of the vtw (Verband für The Work of Byron Katie)

Heinz Meisnitzer

About me

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I got to know The Work in 2001 through my wife Anyma. Her enthusiasm also spread to me. Since I use The Work in daily practice, my quality of life has improved radically.

The differentiation between my business and that of others has helped me enormously – in my work as an artist , sculptor and owner of a small company for stone restoration and also in my marriage and in the relationships with other people. On of the many outcomes of the daily practice with The Work for me is that I allow myself more and more to be me and to feel sincere love towards myself and other human beings.

The power of The Work became especially visible for me as my wife Anyma was given the diagnosis of lung cancer a few years ago and I had the privilege to accompany her during the last few months of her life. During this process it became obvious to me that my mind had already experienced so much education through the four questions of The Work that I could meet the decay of her body and her suffering with an open heart, without refusing any of it or wanting to change anything. For me this was an experience of total submission. This occurance has changed me very much and I am very grateful that the four questions of The Work have found their way into my life.

Since 2001 I have used The Work in my life and I am happy to pass on this experience. I offer individual facilitation, seminars and training. The Work is not therapy or counselling. It is about your own answers and it is your truth that counts. You decide how far the process should go.

I myself have worked intensively with the following themes: work, money, relationship, spirituality, sexuality, abuse, creativity, illness, and death. I also have, walked the way of Zen meditation for ten years, have experience in different types of breath and bodywork and have led a male group for several years.

Tribute to Anyma

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My wife Anyma has brought The Work to my life and the lives of many other people. She left her body in July 2010.

The following interview was made by the journalist Teresa Arrieta with Anyma when she became ill with lung cancer. The interview was broadcast on Radio Ö1 in February 2010 on the radio progamme “Radiokolleg”.

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After Anyma’s death Teresa Arrieta held an interview with me, which you can see / hear there. Some photos of Anyma are also there.

Code of Ethics of the vtw
(Verband für The Work of Byron Katie)

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Each client who takes advantage of services from a coach (vtw) or a teaching coach (vtw), can expect that the coach recognises the guidelines and adheres to them accordingly.

Duties towards the client:

  1. I respect the value and dignity of each human being as well as their right to self determination.
  2. I use the coach-client relationship in no way to my personal advantage.
  3. I keep to the agreements that I have made with my client at the beginning of the cooperation.
  4. I treat all concerns of my clients, as well as all information that I receive during the coaching process about him and third persons as strictly confidential.
  5. I put forward my qualifications as a coach/teaching coach of The Work of Byron Katie (vtw) truthfully to the best of my knowledge and conscience.
  6. Without the express agreement of the clients, I do not name any clients as references.
  7. I realise the inner wisdom of my clients and I do not give advice.
  8. I make sure that my client understands the way The Work proceeds and the attitude connected thereto. It deals with examining and questioning one’s thoughts – it is not psychotherapy.
  9. I try to avoid conflict of interest, which would disturb the process between my client and me. Thoughts that cause me stress, that occur in me in this connection, I work on with The Work before I have a further sitting with my client. If necessary, I turn to a teaching coach (vtw).
  10. If a disturbance continues in the process between my client and me, that would be a disadvantage to my client, then I will conclude my cooperation and will recommend another coach/teaching coach (vtw).
  11. I respect the right of the client to conclude the coaching process at any time.

Duties towards the Association for The Work of Byron Katie and their members:

  1. I present The Work as a professional and effective method to examine thoughts that bring stress.
  2. I do not express myself negatively towards clients about the Association or their coaches and teaching coaches.
  3. I conduct myself in accordance with the statutory aims of the Association.
  4. I consider the community of the coaches and teaching coaches, belonging to the Association, as supporting network, not as competitive The Work suppliers. I meet them with openness, respect, and approval.
  5. If I have reasonable doubt of the ethical tenability, of the professionalism or the offer of a coach/teaching coach (vtw), then I will turn to the headquarters of the Association.

Code of Ethics of the ITW
(Institute for The Work)

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The Institute for The Work adheres to a process of facilitating The Work of Byron Katie that honors the client as the expert in his or her life and Work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. For the purposes of this Code of Ethics, a client is any person who has contacted a Certified Facilitator to engage him or her to do The Work of Byron Katie.

Standing on this foundation, the facilitator’s responsibility when facilitating is to:

  • hold the space for the client’s answers to the four questions, turnarounds, and examples;
  • encourage client self-discovery;
  • elicit client-generated solutions and strategies;
  • hold the client responsible and accountable when he or she moves away from inquiry and into the “old way.”

Facilitating The Work of Byron Katie can produce extraordinary effects on clients’ lives, careers, businesses, or organizations. Through facilitation of The Work, clients deepen their self-discovery, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. In each session, the client chooses the focus of The Work while the facilitator listens and keeps the client focused on The Work. This interaction creates clarity.

Facilitators of The Work of Byron Katie recognize that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices, and actions, supported by the facilitator’s efforts and application of The Work.

Professional Conduct At Large

As a facilitator:

  1. I will conduct myself in a manner that reflects positively upon the Institute for The Work and The Work of Byron Katie, and I will refrain from engaging in conduct or making statements that may negatively affect the public’s understanding or acceptance of The Work and/or facilitation of The Work.
  2. I will not knowingly make any public statements that are untrue or misleading or make false claims in any written documents relating to the Institute and The Work.
  3. I will respect The Work of Byron Katie. I will honor the efforts and contributions of The Work and not misrepresent it as my own.
  4. I will at all times strive to recognize personal issues that may impair, conflict, or interfere with my facilitation or my professional relationships. Whenever the facts and circumstances necessitate, I will promptly seek professional assistance from Byron Katie to determine the action to be taken, including whether it is appropriate to suspend or terminate my facilitation relationship(s).
  5. As a facilitator and/or mentor, I will conduct myself in accordance with the Institute’s Code of Ethics in all training and supervisory situations.
  6. I will use the Institute’s member contact information (e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, etc.) only in the manner and to the extent authorized by Byron Katie and the Institute.

Professional Conduct With Clients

  1. I will be responsible for setting clear, appropriate, and culturally sensitive boundaries that govern any physical contact that I may have with my clients.
  2. I will not become sexually involved with any of my current or former clients for a period of one year following our last professional contact.
  3. I will honor all agreements made with my clients.
  4. I will ensure that, prior to or at the initial session, my client understands the nature of The Work, the nature of confidentiality, and any financial arrangements.
  5. I will accurately identify my qualifications, expertise, and experience as a facilitator.
  6. I will not charge any client who is currently enrolled in the certification program unless that person was a paying client prior to entering the program.
  7. I will not intentionally mislead or make false claims about what my client will receive from The Work or from me as his or her facilitator.
  8. I will give my clients and prospective clients the pure Work, without advice or therapy.
  9. I will not knowingly exploit any aspect of the facilitator-client relationship for my personal, professional, or financial benefit.
  10. I will respect the client’s right to terminate our facilitator-client relationship at any point during the process. I will be alert to indications that the client is no longer doing The Work and benefiting from our facilitation relationship.
  11. If I believe the client would be better served by another facilitator or by another resource, I will encourage the client to make a change.
  12. I will suggest that my clients participate in the nine-day School for The Work and/or seek the services of other professionals when deemed appropriate or necessary.

Confidentiality / Privacy

  1. I will respect the confidentiality of my client’s information, except as otherwise authorized by my client. I am aware of US federal HIPAA legislation (if I am working in the USA), which concerns confidentiality of medical information, and I agree to abide by it if it applies. I will inform the client, prior to our first session, that as a facilitator I am not required by law to report an illegal act, and if I am uncomfortable with this, I will talk to Katie immediately. If I am under obligation to report certain issues to authorities because of other licensure or professional obligations, I will disclose these specific issues to every client prior to my working with them.
  2. I will obtain written permission from my clients before releasing their names as clients or references or any other client-identifying information.

Conflicts of Interest

  1. I will seek to avoid conflicts between my interests and the interests of my clients.
  2. Whenever any actual conflict of interest or the potential for a conflict of interest arises, I will discuss it with Byron Katie. I will disclose and fully discuss it with both Katie and my client as to how to deal with it in whatever way best serves my client.

Facilitator Pledge

As a facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, I acknowledge and agree to honor my ethical obligations to The Work, to my clients and colleagues, and to the public at large. I pledge to comply with the Institute for The Work’s Code of Ethics, to treat people with love and dignity as independent and equal human beings, and to model these standards with those whom I facilitate. If I breach this Pledge of Ethics or any part of the Institute’s Code of Ethics, I agree that Byron Katie in her sole discretion may hold me accountable for so doing. I further agree that my accountability to the Institute for any breach may include loss of my licensed facilitation privileges and/or my certification credentials.

Principles for Facilitators

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I agree to:
  1. hold the space with the four questions and turnarounds, and use the questions effectively and appropriately.
  2. listen authentically to the thoughts, vulnerability, and selfawareness of my client and of myself.
  3. know that each person who comes to me is wise, and will find their own answers, the ones that are true for them.
  4. bring my client and myself back to the one-liner any time they (or I) wander away from the questions, and to remind us that The Work stops working any time they or I move into “because,” “but,” justification, or defense.
  5. refrain from interfering with my client’s Work by teaching, pushing, or moving away from the four questions and turnarounds through advice or therapy.
  6. work with my own thoughts whenever I possibly can; by myself and/or with a facilitator.
  7. serve myself by sharing The Work with others.