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Navigating Problematic Emotions (Leisa Peterson)

  • Episode #4

Using money as a context, Dr. O’Brien and Leisa Peterson discuss problematic emotions, the activation of the amygdala, and how these can feed into self-sabotage. But good news: There are a couple of simple tools we can all use to navigate these feelings.

Welcome to Neuroscience of Coaching. In each episode, host Dr. Irena O’Brien explains the science-based insights behind a particular concept and interviews a coach to discuss how these apply in the real world. Just as she does in her professional programs, Irena “un-complicates” neuroscience and teaches practical evidence-based tools and strategies that listeners can use in their coaching practices.

Leisa Peterson brings a three-decade tenure in finance to her work as a strategic advisor and financial intuitive. She also hosts two podcasts and is the author of The Mindful Millionaire.

“I got really fascinated with why some people are great with money and other people struggle their whole life with it. Sometimes people have money and still worry all the time. Or people don’t have any money and don’t worry about it.”

— Leisa Peterson

Leisa Peterson is a visionary dedicated to transforming millions of lives through heightened financial consciousness. As a financial intuitive, strategic advisor, author of The Mindful Millionaire (St. Martin’s Press), and seeker of knowledge, Leisa’s journey is marked by an unwavering commitment to personal growth.

Central to her philosophy is the conviction that abundance is an attainable reality for all.

Recognized by Forbes as one of the pioneering “10 Women Driving Growth in Wealth Management and Investing,” Leisa spearheads The Mindful Millionaire and Art of Abundance podcasts.

Awarded the 2023 “Women Who Roar” Illuminator award by SRQ Magazine, Leisa empowers her clients through online workshops and transformative in-person retreats. Her insights can be found on Gaia Media Network, Wall Street JournalFastCompanyThe Week, and Huffington Post.

With a three-decade tenure in finance, Leisa stands for leaders, entrepreneurs, and teams as they navigate the sometimes thorny intersection of money, identity, and vision, particularly during pivotal crossroads.

Dr. Irena O’Brien teaches coaches and care professionals how to achieve better results for their clients through neuroscience.

She is the founder of Neuroscience School, which helps practitioners understand and apply insights from cutting-edge neuroscience research. She loves seeing her students gain confidence in their ability to evaluate neuroscience findings and use them successfully in their own practices. Her Certificate Program in Neuroscience is certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) for Continuing Coaching Education credit.

Dr. O’Brien has studied neuroscience for 25 years and holds a Ph.D. in the field from the Université du Quebec à Montréal (UQAM), where she did brain-imaging studies. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Language, Mind, and Brain at McGill University.

Resources mentioned in this episode:
Dr. Irena O’Brien website: The Neuroscience School
Leisa’s website and special offer:

Host: Dr. Irena O’Brien
Producer: Cynthia Lamb
Audio Editor: Marvin del Rosario
Executive Producer: Danny Iny
Music Soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

Music credits:
Track Title: Sneaker Smeaker
Artist: Avocado Junkie
Writer: Sander Kalmeijer

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist: Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: In This Light
Artist: Sounds Like Sander
Writer: Sander Kalmeijer

Special effects credits:

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Neuroscience of Coaching

If you're a coach and you want to understand how the brain works, this is the podcast for you. Host Dr. Irena O’Brien explains the science-based insights behind a particular concept and interviews a coach to discuss how these apply in the real world. Irena “un-complicates” neuroscience and teaches practical, evidence-based tools and strategies that listeners can use in their coaching practices.