Cooper Thompson


        Coaching, Counseling, and Supervision in Nürnberg


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I was born in 1950 and lived most of my life in the United States. I grew up in a suburb in New Jersey, went to Brown University in Rhode Island, then lived on a farm in Minnesota (actually a small town founded by German immigrants), moved to Colorado and eventually settled down in Massachusetts, where I thought I would live the rest of my life.

But in 2003 I moved to Germany when I married a German woman. The first two years I was living here were really difficult for me. I was scared to speak German, I didn’t think that I belonged here, and there were things about Germany that I didn’t like. I often blamed my feelings on my wife, even though it wasn’t her fault. But after 10 years of living here, I feel confident and very satisfied with my life here. I am still married, and I use German everyday in a variety of personal and professional settings.

Although my first jobs were in construction, my work in the U.S. focused on promoting diversity and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. For 30 years I worked with many different types of organizations all over the county: schools, businesses, religious groups, and community agencies. In addition to leading workshops and writing, I provided counseling, coaching, and supervision to individuals, couples, and teams who were experiencing conflicts related to differences.

In 2010, I was elected to the Nürnberg Integrationsrat, a group of 30 immigrants from 15 different countries who advocate for the 200,000 immigrants living in Nürnberg and help the city develop Immigration policy. In 2012, my book about learning German -- Losing My Voice and Finding Another: learning a second language -- was published in the United States. You can read an excerpt from the book, and many of the other articles and essays I have written over the past 30 years, here.

Tel: +49 (0)911 989 4662

Lange Zeile 30, 90419, Nürnberg