Master the Art of Coaching with Neuroscience

Hone your coaching skills, boost your confidence, and deliver

outstanding results in less time

“I can create significant change in 25 minutes.”

That’s what my friend and colleague Caroline told me recently.

Caroline has been integrating neuroscience into her coaching practice for years now – and the results have been dramatic.

Caroline was already a very good coach – but now she’s even more present with her clients and her coaching process has become hyper-efficient:

“I can zero in on what the client needs. The neuroscience has helped me not go down rabbit holes. I know exactly which avenues are going to bring me where I need to go. Neuroscience helps me filter out the noise.”

In fact, Caroline’s coaching has gotten so effective that she is thinking about eliminating her hour-long sessions.

And she’s not the only one to get results like these!

April Scott

April Scott works with a company that offers 30-minute coaching sessions. At first she was nervous about getting results in such a short time – but with her neuroscience knowledge, she’s found that 30 minutes is actually plenty of time!

And Will Russell’s coaching sessions are so effective that he now enrolls 25% more clients from introductory sessions!

And more streamlined and transformative coaching sessions are just the beginning.

Coaches who incorporate neuroscience into their practice report that they feel more confident, have more control over their sessions, are able to build trust and rapport faster, and help clients achieve more profound results.

And that doesn’t even get into the business benefits of being able to coach like this:

  • Rising reputation
  • More referrals
  • More enrolments
  • Higher rates
  • Bigger contracts
  • Working less
  • Earning more

Sounds great, right?

So how do you become a sought-after coach who

produces rapid client transformation??

You’ve earned your Certificate in Applied Neuroscience – so you already have a lot of the knowledge and tools you need to elevate your coaching skills.

But I’ve heard over and over from past students that the Certificate Program is like drinking from a firehose. Students learn a lot… but they sometimes struggle to actually coach what they’ve learned.

That’s because it’s one thing to understand the neuroscience…

It’s another thing entirely to embody the neuroscience. To have integrated it so thoroughly into your coaching practice that you use it without thinking.

In other words, to achieve coaching flow.

That kind of integration takes practice – and lots of it.

I want you to have that kind of confidence and flow in your coaching practice.

And it’s why Caroline and I put our heads together to offer…



The Next Level program is an applied learning experience – open only to students like you who have completed the Certificate Program in Applied Neuroscience.

I lead this program, alongside my friend and colleague, Caroline Leroux-Boulay. Caroline is a talented coach who excels at integrating neuroscience into every aspect of her coaching. Between the two of us, you’ll know the neuroscience inside and out… and you’ll know just how to apply it in your practice.

In the Next Level program, you work at 3 levels:

  1. 1
    You dig deeper into the neuroscience concepts and their practical applications.
  2. 2
    You explore how those concepts apply to you as a coach.
  3. 3
    You explore (and practice) how they apply to your clients.

The program is designed to fully integrate neuroscience tools and insights into your coaching. It involves lots of deep practice and personalized feedback – so you can confidently coach major transformations for your clients.

Master the skills that will make you stand out as a coach

Here’s what you’ll master in the Next Level program:

  • Coaching Flow: Thoroughly integrate your neuroscience learning with your coaching practice, so you can easily access flow and enjoy heightened focus, enhanced creativity, and effortless performance during your coaching sessions.
  • Swift Problem Solving:  Hone in on the specific neuroscience concepts that apply to your coaching niche, so you use your strategies and tools with more intention and intervene more effectively.
  • Precise Interventions:  Set up yourself and clients for the shortest, fastest route to success. Avoid using incorrect information that can derail progress.
  • Overcome Client Hesitation: Develop your own powerful strategies for dissolving client resistance, so you can build a seamless pathway to open dialogue and transformative insights.
  • Hyper-Efficient Sessions: Streamline your coaching, avoiding distractions and rabbit holes, making every minute count. Forge deeper connections faster, laying the foundation for genuine, transformative conversations.
  • Get to the Heart of the Issue: Quickly and clearly identify the client’s deeper issue, so you can offer more impactful coaching in less time.
  • Confidence Boost: Emerge more self-assured in your coaching competencies.
  • Psychological Safety: Practice psychological safety with your peers, so you understand how to create it in your own sessions and transmit it to your clients.
  • Objective Coaching Excellence: Perfect the art of holding space, empowering clients without imposing biases, and ensuring they lead their own journey of change.

Experiential learning to transform your coaching practice

We've designed the program to be experiential and profoundly transformative -- so you can find your own coaching flow and routinely coach from an effortless state of mastery and competence.

Here’s what you can expect inside the program: 

  • Experiential Learning: You will go through the same steps of changes as you will later guide your clients through, so you understand the process of transformation at a deep, experiential level.
  • Personal Development: We teach the course using the actual mechanisms of neuroplastic change, so that you experience deep learning and integration in your life and your coaching practice.
  • Professional Transformation: You will work with your own coaching practice, to identify your own preferences, learning strategies, and blindspots and to help your clients identify theirs.
  • Peer Learning: Program participants are selected with great care, so that you are in a supportive environment of skilled practitioners who contribute to one another’s growth.
  • Diverse Learning Modalities: From interactive sessions to hands-on practices, case studies to participant sharing, breakout groups to guided reflections… every element of the program is a stepping stone toward practical skill mastery.
  • Aligned to ICF Competencies: The program is designed for coherence in process and material. You’ll strengthen connections between the neuroscience research, your own personal journey, and your professional development. And you’ll do it all through the lens of the ICF (International Coaching Federation) competencies.

What our students have to say about the Next Level program

James. G. Wetrich, LFACHE, PCC
Management Consultant | Executive Coach

I participated in the Fall 2022 Certificate Program in Applied Neuroscience, a program I recommend for all executive coaches. Without hesitation, I signed up to participate in the follow-on program, The Next Level program, with Irena and her coaching colleague, Caroline Leroux Boulay. The follow-on program is more fabulous than the introductory program as we dove deeply into key neuroscience concepts specifically applicable to coaches and coaching. The process of the Next Level Program required the participants to go back and review some of the key concepts from the introductory program, which was of great value and benefit to me. I HIGHLY recommend the Next Level Program to any coach looking to incorporate key neuroscience concepts into their practices.

Sylvia Becker-Hill, Certified Master Neuroplastician, PCC (ICF)
Executive Coach, Leadership Mentor, Stage Edutainer

Next Level was truly next level! Dr. Irena combined her deep neuroscience expertise with Caroline's ICF core competencies expertise and group facilitation skills to create a deeply challenging learning space in which we participants not only grew personally and professionally yet also as an intimate community. I believe it is a sign of their success that the group will keep meeting to practice what we learned! Being able to explain to clients how they are sabotaging their own goals from a neuroscience perspective, raises their motivation, deepens their understanding and ultimately shows them how to self-direct neuroplasticity in their everyday life. Thanks to Dr. Irena's certification programs 1 and Next level I was able to successfully apply and pass the exam interview for certification by the Institute for Organizational Neuroscience ION. I'm now a proud Certified Master Neuroplastician.

William P. Russell, NED, PCC, EIA
Executive 1:1 /Team Coaching

The Next Level reviews our previous learning on the Certificate Program and profoundly challenges us as coaches to stop and reflect on our assumptions, perspectives and ideas and even our coaching process that may be counter to the need of our clients. Exploring with them new concepts and context to aid the personal change assumptions of their fixed perceptions or ideas that transform their future thinking.

Every day new opportunities and solutions present themselves, which, in turn, creates immediate long-term change. It’s human nature to make assumptions, forming new untested ones daily based on how we perceive things about life.

I wholeheartedly recommend the “Next Level” program, which skilfully navigates your learning of neuroscience to thoughtfully support you and, ultimately, your client(s) in transforming their worldly view whilst exposing patterns in their thinking and behaviour.

Susan McLean Begalka

After completing Dr. O'Brien's Certificate in Applied Neuroscience program, I knew I wanted (and frankly needed!) more information and strategies on how to incorporate that knowledge into my coaching practice. The Next Level course did just that! The Next Level course has proven to be an invaluable asset in helping to increase my understanding of how the brain operates and how it impacts every aspect of our lives. Having that knowledge as a coach not only helps me understand how to approach my clients in more meaningful ways, it also allows me to give my clients science-based information that they can then use in making the changes they're seeking. Being able to talk about neuroscience in such an informed way allows for more fact-based, non-judgmental conversations that can help clients step out of "blame" mode into understanding and acceptance so they can then accomplish the goals they have developed for themselves. I would highly recommend this program to any coach looking to have a greater impact in the coaching world.

Mariel Tablan, PCC
This course provided me with an avenue to better understand and apply Neuroscience concepts on myself first and then to my coaching clients. Each session allowed me to reflect, refresh and reset. Reflecting helped me understand my own internal processes in relation to the specific focus of each session. Refreshing allowed me to review Neuroscience concepts as it applies to internal processes and Resetting paved the way to how I may apply insights from the first two R's both to myself and in my coaching practice.
Amy E Bracht

This program goes deeper into the topics of the Applied Neuroscience program, which in and of itself would be enough--but there is so much more. You actually apply the concepts in practice with partners in the program. It's a very safe environment for learning to integrate the practices. It's so effective! I've grown incredibly. Thanks, Irena!

How it works

The program runs in workshop format, calibrated for intensive learning and significant progress.

Over 10 weeks, we’ll meet for six 3-hour workshops, over Zoom, including breakout groups, case studies, participant sharing, guided reflection assignments, and supplementary - supportive materials.

Each session will deepen your understanding of the Certificate program content, giving you a chance to practice, apply, and make them an integral part of your practice.

The program runs from September 23 to December 2, 2024.

The 6 sessions run from 11 am to 2 pm (EST, Montreal) on the following Mondays:

September 23 | October  7 & 21 | November  4 & 18 | December 2

Elevate your coaching – and earn 38 CCEUs

The Next Level program is designed to be deeply transformative – and we’re proud to say that the International Coaching Federation has recognized the depth of learning we provide.

When you complete the program, you’ll earn 38 CCE (Continuing Coach Education) units – 21 Core Competency and 17 Resource Development.

Alongside ICF’s required ethics course, that’s enough to renew your 3-year certification in just 10 weeks!

So what’s the investment?

You can join the program for just $2995 or 6 payments of $575, USD

But you should know – admission to this program is by interview only. And the class is limited to just 12 participants.

So be sure to complete the form below.


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