Neuroscience to aid a coaching conversation

Neuroscience teaches us about the brain mechanisms that influence the mind, the driving force behind every thought, memory, emotion and behaviour that people have, and as coaches we need to learn to work with both.

This workshop covers


  • Latest thinking on neuroscientific research.
  • Brain mechanises associated with triggering stress and anxiety.
  • Mind-body-behaviour connection.


  • Practical ‘in workshop’ application.
  • How to integrate into your practice from the perspective of both the coach and the coachee.

Reasons to enrol

A reduction in manpower, increased workload, tight deadlines, too much pressure and responsibility, coupled with a lack of managerial support are often cited as the main causes of work related stress, which during 2016/17 resulted in 45% of all working days lost due to ill health (Health and Safety Executive, 2018). However, a more worrying trend is the increase in presenteeisum which has more than tripled since 2010 (CIPD 2018). It is therefore unsurprising that the topic of stress and anxiety is becoming a common denominator in coaching conversation, with many coachee’s narratives corroborating the statistical evidence.

This two-day workshop will provide you with an understanding of the brain-body mechanisms associated with stress and anxiety and how they are triggered. From that you will practice implementing into a coaching conversation to help you better support your coachee with their work-related stress.

This two-day workshop will provide a Certificate of Attendance including 13 CPD hours.

Who is this course for?

Practicing coaches of all levels/ HR OD professionals.

Previous presentation feedback:

“As I had no previous knowledge of neuroscience, I found that Sheila managed to make the topic really accessible to a non-specialist audience, by using clear language and excellent visuals including the video”

“Firstly it gives a great self-awareness of when one’s own amygdala is being hijacked and that self-awareness is invaluable. I will be really interested to find ways to include in my coaching”

Client feedback:

“It has given me a real focus on how to reflect on situations effectively and to take control when under severe pressure. I am able to control my reaction and behaviour when I have high levels of stress to my advantage.”

“I feel much more in control. I understand the flight, fight, freeze brain reactions which make complete sense and being able to identify and influence these reactions and subsequent behaviour is a really useful skill. This coaching also taught me techniques to relax out with work to de-stress.”

Course Faculty

Sheila Campbell-Lloyd
Sheila Campbell-LloydLeadership Coach | Team and Group Coach | Coach supervisor
Sheila is an AoEC graduate and has an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change. Her research interests are in the application of neuroscience in coaching and the development of ‘self’ as a coach. Sheila would describe herself as an eclectic coach, who will use anything in that moment to help serve the client.

Upcoming Course Details

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Gina West

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