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in adding unique Brain-Based Coaching
approaches to their repertoire.

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In our LIMBIC COACHING Certification Courses, we go beyond theoretical knowledge about how the brain works.

Instead we teach proven and innovative brain-based techniques that get your work with clients to a new level.

Because, in our experience, learning how to

  • “communicate” with the limbic system
  • utilize its involuntary responses to work for, rather than against, the client’s best interest
  • process mental blocks, stagnation and stress at their source

is prerequisite for sustainable results in coaching.

Because, in our experience, learning how to

  • “communicate” with the limbic system
  • utilize its involuntary responses to work for, rather than against, the client’s best interest
  • process mental blocks, stagnation and stress at their source

is prerequisite for sustainable results in coaching.


In our hands-on trainings we demonstrate Brain-Based Coaching components step by step, so that you can easily integrate them into the methods you are already using.

To us, it is important that you gain optimal results with your clients. That’s why our certification courses include supervision.

We also offer ongoing support beyond the training classes if you have questions about the practical application of the LIMBIC COACHING method.

To us, it is important that you gain optimal results with your clients. That’s why our certification courses include supervision.

We also offer ongoing support beyond the training classes if you have questions about the practical application of the LIMBIC COACHING method.

But, of course, only you can decide if this is a useful add-on to your repertoire of coaching tools.


As coaches, we all have experienced the following: Our clients know that taking a certain step would be useful, but something keeps them from actually doing it. What’s going on?

The answer can be found in our brain. Here, the limbic system, our emotional brain, “decides” if a plan is put into practice – or if it ends up staying just an idea.

The answer can be found in our brain. Here, the limbic system, our emotional brain, “decides” if a plan is put into practice – or if it ends up staying just an idea.

So here’s a dilemma: When we consciously decide to so something, this does not necessarily imply that our limbic system being is on board, too.

But being one of the evolutionarily oldest parts of our brain, the limbic system is only minimally accessible through language.

That’s why attempting to talk or rationalize ourselves into (or out of) a behavior typically is as futile as trying to put out a first-floor fire by using an extinguisher on the third floor.

Simply put: with language and logic, we are working on the “wrong floor” of the brain.


A clever combination

The LIMBIC COACHING approach is based on the latest findings in brain research and uniquely incorporates effective self-management mechanisms from several fields in psychology into a coaching tool.

And this combination perfectly meets our “emotional brain’s requirements” to accomplish sustainable results:

Guided eye movements
for optimal cooperation of both brain hemispheres, by making use of the brain’s processing mechanisms to deal with information, stress and emotions

Other forms of bilateral stimulation
via alternating auditory and tactile stimulation according to a particular protocol to harness clients’ innate mental self-management skills

A practical muscle response test
that works well with any type of client and guides coach and client through the coaching process like a navigation system to prevent detours or getting lost

Solution-focused communication
to enhance the clear outcome-orientation of the coaching

to ‘gift wrap’ the content of the coaching session and make it easier for the client to take the next steps.


With the LIMBIC COACHING approach, we empower coaches to:

Have even more options
to maximize their impact in coaching

Adjust to the requirements
of clients’ fast-paced and demanding work environment

Meet clients’ needs
for fast and sustainable results in a single or very few coaching sessions

their practice

new clients.


We developed the LIMBIC COACHING approach to help clients:

their stress-resilience, creativity, and overall well-being

personal and professional disappointments, setbacks, stagnation, or obstacles on the way to their goals

new behaviors

Attain and sustain
peak performance.

LIMBIC COACHING is our method of choice for clients who want to get optimal results and be prepared for any challenge. It is ideal for coaching

Top performers
such as business executives, engineers, entrepreneurs, attorneys, pilots, medical doctors, athletes, artists, and others facing today’s highly demanding world

Every individual
who wants to achieve optimum performance when it counts or overcome blocks that have kept them from being where they want to be.


Our LIMBIC COACHING Certification Training addresses:

Professional coaches


Sports psychologists

Participants who don’t have credentials in psychology need to have a minimum of 100 hours of training in either:

  • Coaching
  • NLP
  • Energy psychology or
  • Hypnotherapy


The training investment includes 30 hours intensive training with theoretical input in the form of

Brain-friendly presentations and instructive examples from past coaching cases

Live demonstrations on real issues

Hands-on exercises in small groups to experience LIMBIC COACHING as a coach and as a client

... as well as

Detailed and user-friendly handouts

Thorough feedback on two coaching cases

One hour of supervision via Skype

The opportunity for certified LIMBIC COACHING Technique Masters to appear in our coach directory free of charge.

The investment is $2680. We offer early registration and group discounts.

This training has been certified for Continuing Coach Education (CCE) by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Upon successful completion of the LIMBIC COACHING certification course, the participant receives 30 CCEUs.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are guided eye movements - and how can they be part of a coaching session?

You might have experienced the following for yourself: After a good night sleep, the next morning you’re definitely feeling better about something that had happened the previous day and caused you stress or made you feel bad.

Why is that?

This is actually a perfect example of our innate mental self-management capacity. While we’re sleeping, we’re going through the so-called REM phase during which our eyes are moving back and forth rapidly. This is thought to correlate with an optimal collaboration of both brain hemispheres. That’s why during the REM phase, our brain is processing all kinds of information, emotions, memories, and stress in a natural way. While we’re “sleeping on it,” our brain is in an optimal and solution-oriented state of creativity.

In a LIMBIC COACHING session, we’re making active use of this natural self-management competency in order to help clients to

  • assimilate whatever is bothering them and brought them into coaching in the first place
  • overcome obstacles and challenges
  • intensify positive emotions
  • enhance their skills.

Here’s what happens during guided eye movements in a LIMBIC COACHING session:

After coach and client have identified what exactly has blocked the client or caused them stress, the client focuses on this and then follows the coach’s hand movements with their eyes, thus moving their eyes in a similar way they do during REM sleep. This prompts their brain to enter that powerful mode. By processing stress-triggers in this targeted way, clients can remain focused and creative in situations that used to trigger blocks or stress.

The beauty of using guided eye movements in the LIMBIC COACHING approach is that they don’t just process previously identified stress-triggers. They also put the client’s brain into an optimal state of creativity. This is why many clients have flashes of insight during the LIMBIC COACHING session and come up with new ideas and solutions.

2. What exactly are other forms of bilateral stimulation?

To have even more options in coaching, particularly for sessions via Skype and for self-coaching, the LIMBIC COACHING protocol offers two alternatives to the guided eye movements.

  1. A set of musical pieces that were composed just for the LIMBIC COACHING method. Listening to these tracks via headphones puts the listener’s brain into the powerful processing mode.
  2. Bilateral tapping of particular points on face, torso and hands to stimulate receptors in the skin and send calming signals to the brain. This tapping part of the LIMBIC COACHING protocol has its roots in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), TFT (Thought Field Therapy) and PEP (Positive Embodiment oriented Psychology) and combines the best of the different approaches in a unique way.

Both perfectly

  • complement the LIMBIC COACHING procedure
  • transform stress-triggers
  • support the brain in “re-labeling” whatever used to trigger stress or involuntary responses.

3. What is Muscle Response Testing - and how can it be useful in a coaching session?

Muscle response testing with two fingers of the client’s hand allows coach and client to detect what exactly interferes with the client’s performance, stress-resilience, and/or sense of well-being. Once identified, this stress-trigger can be processed in a targeted way via bilateral stimulation.

Hence, in a LIMBIC COACHING session, coach and client can focus on the areas that really deserve attention and identify valuable experiences and resources that the client would not necessarily have connected to their issue.

Thanks to the Muscle Response Test, coach and client avoid unnecessary “detours” and can accomplish a lot in a single coaching session.

4. What is Solution-Focused Communication?

In LIMBIC COACHING , we use the powerful Solution-Focused Communication skills to determine what exactly the client wants to achieve rather than focus on the issue that brought them into coaching in the first place. Hence we aim to help the client establish a clearly defined goal and outline appropriate first steps to take after the session.

The essence of this outcome-oriented approach is:

  • the use of scaling questions
  • the focus on the person rather than the problem
  • an active search for resources rather than deficits
  • the exploration of possible and preferred futures
  • trust that clients are experts in all aspects of their lives

5. What is the advantage of closing a coaching session with affirmations?

Affirmations according to the LIMBIC COACHING protocol are a powerful brain-based technique for closing the coaching session. Just like a unique gift handed over at the end of the meeting, they are designed to help clients

  1. consolidate what they can take away from the challenges that were identified and addressed
  2. enhance their confidence in their skills to actually accomplish the previously defined goals
  3. actively connect 1 and 2 with the next required action steps.

6. What’s in it for me as a coach and my coaching clients?

The LIMBIC COACHING method is an additional tool for experienced professionals who want to have more choices to accomplish impactful results in coaching.

By integrating the client’s emotional brain, this unique approach works “on the correct floor of the brain” where blocks and stress originate but can’t be solved with language or logic. You can help clients effectively process

  • emotions
  • limiting beliefs
  • memories that used to inhibit performance and create stress.


  1.  LIMBIC COACHING perfectly complements “classical” coaching. By addressing blocks head-on and thus helping clients overcome self-sabotage and stagnation fast, you can attain even more sustainable results with clients in the course of a long-term coaching engagement. This clearly advances your coaching practice.
  2. By providing precisely the succinct support many people want and need, you can attract new clients whose needs are currently not met in a long-term engagement.
    As you know, coaching generally focuses on supporting high performers and individuals to accomplish long-term goals or leadership. In this form, however, coaching does not cover all areas in which clients could benefit from succinct support and pinpoint solutions when facing a challenge or an obstacle.
    Brief and Single Session Coaching with the LIMBIC COACHING method closes this gap. By matching the fast-paced life style and demanding work and sports performance environments many clients face, it opens coaching for people who normally wouldn’t even consider looking for support.
  3. On the practical side, thanks to the unique LIMBIC COACHING protocol it isn’t necessary that your clients talk about their issue in detail. Sharing a general idea of what it is that they want to address or accomplish is sufficient for a successful coaching session. LIMBIC COACHING interventions allow maximum transparency for your clients. This makes it the ideal approach to work on issues your clients don’t want to talk about or have difficulty verbalizing.
  4. Several components of the method are also very effective for self-coaching.

7. What’s in it for me as a sport psychologist and my clients?

Performance differences between equally skilled athletes are due to differences in their mental strength. That’s why state-of-the-art approaches to help your clients mentally prepare for peak performance are crucial.


With the LIMBIC COACHING method, you can clearly identify with your client what exactly has kept them from performing their best in a particular context and immediately process this challenge to increase the odds that next time they do.

Based on this, you can develop unique strategies that get the athlete “into the zone” instantaneously whenever necessary.

This approach enables the you to directly address all areas in the client’s personal, professional and sports life that have an impact on their performance.

This typically spans from stressful memories of past experiences to unhelpful emotions regarding something upcoming.

And this clearly makes your coaching even more sustainable.


  • Mentally prepare for peak performance in tournaments, competitions, and other important performances.
  • Have their mental resources ready the very fraction of a second they need them.
  • Optimize focus, composure, and confidence.
  • Overcome performance anxiety and let their mind work for, rather than against, their best interest.
  • Prepare in an optimal way for possible negative audience responses.
  • Mentally and emotionally process and overcome
    • past defeats
    • injuries
    • criticism and judgments of past performance both from the media and from their environment.

8. What’s in it for me as a hypnotherapist or psychotherapist and my clients?

The brain-based LIMBIC COACHING method perfectly complements hypnosis and most therapeutic approaches and increases your effectiveness.


Many clients want fast and succinct support. Hence, a long-term engagement does not necessarily meet their needs. By adding this Single Session and Brief Coaching approach to your repertoire, you can attract new and different types of clients and at the same time have more options to address issues with long-term clients.


Most people believe that effectively addressing certain issues requires talking about them. But thanks to the precise LIMBIC COACHING protocol it isn’t even necessary for clients to give details about their issue. Sharing a general idea of what they want to address or accomplish is sufficient for the session to provide the desired outcome.

That’s why this approach perfectly meets the needs of clients who don’t want to talk about or have difficulty verbalizing whatever is bothering them.


By making use of your clients’ natural mental self-healing capacity in order to dissolve (subliminal) blocks at their source and thanks to the clear focus on what really needs to be addressed, you can achieve amazing results, often within a single LIMBIC COACHING session.


  • Increase their sense of self-confidence
  • Restore and stabilize inner balance
  • Overcome phobias and anxieties such as
    • test anxiety
    • fear of flying
    • fear of public speaking and stage fright
    • arachnophobia
    • dental treatment anxiety
  • Reduce physical stress such as lack of sleep or jetlag
  • Handle stress, conflicts and interpersonal disappointments in their personal or professional environment
  • Transform setbacks and obstacles
  • Cope with grief after a loss or break-up
  • Handle memories of negative experiences and the subsequent emotions
  • Deal with food cravings
  • Identify limiting beliefs and turn them into positive, encouraging mottos

9. What’s in it for me as a performance coach and my clients?

With the unique LIMBIC COACHING method, you can raise your performance coaching to a higher level by meeting your clients’ unique needs even more effectively.

This brain-based approach allows the most precise mental preparation for any situation that is connected with how others perceive your client’s performance, such as:

  • Media interviews
  • Exams
  • Auditions
  • Speeches and presentations
  • Assessment centers
  • Job interviews
  • Public appearances.


With the LIMBIC COACHING approach you can mentally support creative clients very effectively for all kinds of challenges they are facing in their profession.

You will learn tried and tested techniques to help clients in a custom-fit way:

  • Overcome mental blocks and boost their creativity
  • Prepare mentally for peak performance in an audition
  • Handle negative feedback for their performance or creation by audience or media
  • Utilize stage fright in the best possible way
  • Brace themselves for potentially negative judgment of their performance or creation by audience or media to be able to optimally handle it
  • Mentally and emotionally process past stressful or suboptimal performances
  • Learn their lines effectively (for actors)


With the LIMBIC COACHING method you will have unique tools to help students:

  • Prepare for exams and tests in a goal-oriented way
  • Develop their individual learning strategy
  • Transform test anxiety into confidence in their skills
  • Employ strategies to help them feel exactly the way they want to feel during the exam (concentrated, focused, self-confident, mentally alert)
  • Mentally and emotionally process memories of past exams and mental blocks resulting from these
  • Learn to deal effectively with other people’s expectations regarding the outcome of their exam

10. Do you also offer advanced courses?

Yes, we also offer advanced courses that increase practitioners’ flexibility in applying the LIMBIC COACHING method in different contexts to help clients achieve particular goals and outcomes.

Each two-day advanced course includes supervision, introduction of new formats and detailed training handouts. Participants apply and practice the new material with supervision in small groups.

The investment for each advanced course is $850.

We currently offer LIMBIC COACHING advanced courses on the the following topics:

  • Parts Work and “the Internal Team”
  • How to Best Handle Cravings
  • Constellation Work in Individual Coaching Sessions
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Dysfunctional Beliefs and Loyalties
  • Performance and Resource Coaching

Contact us now to check if we are a good match.

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