Neuroscience, Coaching and Relational Trauma

Using neuroscience to help our clients heal from the traumatic impact of toxic personalities in their family, workplace and/or intimate relationships

About the Course

A Coaching Approach to Relational Trauma

Why work with relational trauma? Short answer, because it’s everywhere. In our clients’ workplaces, families, intimate relationships and even sometimes friendships. The impact of not being safe, seen, valued, understood and cared for in places where we most need and expect it—well, it’s profound. And at BEabove, we have come to see that traditional coaching practices, tools and methodologies often are not the most effective for people in these relationships or recovering from them. As coaches, we need different and expanded understanding and approaches in order to best serve our clients. This program, based on years of work in the fields of neuroscience and consciousness, as well as deep study and personal experience in working with relational trauma, is designed to increase coaches’ knowledge and toolkit in the area of relational trauma as it impacts our clients.

NOTE: For some coaches, this may push the edges of what you have previously deemed appropriate in coaching. If you feel strongly that working with aspects of the human experience, including deep emotions and past history, is out of bounds for coaching, we recommend you do not participate in this program. That having been said, you can count on that we will take a coaching approach—both in terms of mindset and skillset—throughout, and that all tools and approaches are based on the most up-to-date research on trauma and recovery. Additionally, we will look very thoroughly at when and how coaching is appropriate and when it is not.

Like all our work, this will be an “inside-out” process, with participants bringing their own experience to the table. We ask that you be far enough in your own healing journey already that you can access a strong “observer mind” as you explore your personal experience—however, it will always be by choice and NO ONE will be forced or even encouraged to share anything they are not ready to. Additionally, we will hold confidentiality, with sessions being recorded ONLY for the participants and leaders involved, and not available for any future use.

program cost

Pay in full:

Payment plan:
$510/month for six months

Approved for 33 ICF CCEUs
20 Core Competency; 13 Resource Development



Who is this program for?

Coaches who have completed at least classroom experience with an ICF-accredited coaching school (credential is not necessary) who want to expand their knowledge and tools to helping clients with trauma.

when and where

Program Logistics

WHAT: Three large group sessions (two hours each) and 1 small group discussion session (1 hour) with questions each month. Final module will complete with large group celebration instead of small group session.


WHO: Maximum 12 people

HOW LONGSix months/six modules

WHEN: upcoming dates are listed at the bottom of this page


General Notes

About the Content

Designed for coaches and will address the who, the when and the how of coaching in this area (and how to determine when client needs referral—also see Direct and Indirect Work, below).

Designed as an “inside-out” process—training includes safe opportunities for participants to share and explore the past and present (if applicable) impact of toxic personalities in their own lives.

Somatic work and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness will be included throughout.

Neuroscience will provide the rationale and grounding.

Designed for coach to do both what we call “Direct Work” when client has a strong observer capacity and is not re-traumatized by going into things, and “Indirect Work” when client is earlier on in the healing process and needs to build general emotional resilience, reduce stress, etc. Direct Work might be thought of as being on the playing field, in the game, while Indirect Work might be thought of as being in the gym or even physical therapy. We will address the issue of the “window of tolerance” for the client.

There is one required text for this class (chapters will be assigned by Module), and various videos and articles as well, which will be assigned by class. The text to purchase is:

7 ½ Lessons About the Brain, by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Program Content

What You’ll Learn


Module One:

The Client


  1. When, Why and How to work with Trauma
  2. What causes trauma/the neuroscience of trauma
  3. How to recognize symptoms of trauma

Module Two:

The Environment


  1. Cluster B personalities
  2. The impact of toxic personalities
  3. Where and how our clients encounter these personalities

Module Three:

Working with Trauma Part One


  1. The Seven Wheels Model—the mind, body, spirit approach
  2. Wheel One: Belonging and Relationship

Module Four:

Working with Trauma Part Two


  1. Wheel Two: Creativity and Creation
  2. Wheel Three: Self Love; Reclaiming Self
  3. Wheel Four: Service and Contribution

Module Five:

Working with Trauma Part Three


  1. Wheel Five: Self-Expression and Boundaries
  2. Wheel Six: Wisdom and Learning
  3. Wheel Seven: Connection to Spirit, the Strange Perfection of it All

Module Six:

Bringing it All Together


  1. Healing Fields overview and process
  2. Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome; resiliency
  3. Case Studies and Recommendations
  4. Completion and Celebration (1 hour)
Additional Info

Homework: readings and videos prior to each Module, written assignment due at the end of each module. Final written quiz for certification.

Join Us!

Bauxite Pod
Mondays, October 4, 2021 – March 21, 2022

Main Group meets 4-6 pm US-EST first three Mondays each month;
Discussion Groups meet 4-5 pm US-EST on fourth Monday each month

October 4, 11, 18 // discussion group October 25
November 1, 8, 15 // discussion group November 22
December 6, 13, 20 // discussion group December 27
January 3, 10, 17 // discussion group January 24
February 7, 14, 21 // discussion group February 28
March 7, 14, 21 // completion March 28

Pay in Full: $2,995

Payment Plan: $510/month for six months

Amethyst Pod
Tuesdays, June 1 – November 23, 2021

Main Group meets 2-4 pm US-EST first three Tuesdays each month;
Discussion Groups meet 2-3 pm US-EST on the fourth Tuesday each month

June 1, 8, 15 // discussion group June 22
July 6, 13, 20 // discussion group July 27
August 3, 10, 17 // discussion group August 24
September 7, 14, 21 // discussion group September 28
October 5, 12, 19 // discussion group October 26
November 2, 9, 16 // completion November 23

Optional 3-Day Retreat (Covid permitting) October 21-23, 2021. Further details to come.