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Coaching with the Emotional Brain

  • May 27, 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Riverbend Church


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Reminder – New location is Riverbend Church (address below) and meetings are now the last Tuesday of the month! 

Coaching with the Emotional Brain

Have you ever thought about the particular neurological processes that inhibit people from changing? In our coaching work with clients, many of us have experienced the following frustrating scenario: As a result of the coaching, our client has developed a clear strategy and defined the next steps to take to achieve their goal. But something blocks him/her from putting that hard-won new strategy into actual

Very often these blocks are non-conscious. Learn exactly what’s behind those blocks and other unpleasant and dysfunctional emotional responses. In this presentation and live demonstration, you will hear about the specific part of the brain that creates these blocks and how we can “speak its language” to achieve lasting results in coaching.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why is it impossible to “talk ourselves out of” an emotion?
  • The limbic system and its important role in our behavior
  • Methods of “communicating” with the limbic system to use our brain and mind to work for, rather than against, our best interest
  • Why talking about the client’s issues often isn’t enough to achieve the desired result (and what our brains have to do with this).
  • You will have a strategy to enhance positive emotional states and two strategies to calm down anunpleasant emotional response.
You will leave with a new understanding on what often inhibits people from changing, and some new tools to calm down the limbic system and enhance pleasant emotional states in coaching.

Your Presenter...Sylvia Kurpanek

Sylvia Kurpanek is the founder of the Palo Alto Institute for Systemic Coaching in Palo Alto, California. An organizational psychologist, lawyer, NLP Master Practitioner, mediator and certified systemic coach, she is trained in Ericksonian hypnosis and Systemic Constellation work. Based on her experience with a variety of very effective European coaching approaches, Sylvia developed the Limbic Coaching® method, a coaching technique that combines alternating bilateral brain hemisphere stimulation with muscle response testing and elements from NLP and solution-focused communication. She works with corporate and private clients all over the world and helps them mentally prepare for peak performance, overcome obstacles on the way to their goals as well as increase their creativity, stress-resilience, and overall well being. Her other passion is teaching Limbic Coaching® certification trainings in Palo Alto and at various renowned coaching institutes in Europe in different languages.


Riverbend Church

4214 Capital of Texas Hwy N.

Austin, TX 78746

(512) 327-3540

Plenty of free parking!


Whether a coach or not, everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. The following fees cover activities and meeting costs:

  • Austin ICF Chapter members – Free
  • Non-local, but National ICF Chapter members -- $10
  • Non-members and Guests -- $15

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