Karen Leafe

Personal Development & Life Coach

Emotion Coaching

Emotions are inter-connected with thoughts and drive our behaviours, both consciously and unconsciously.

As humans we all have the same basic emotions, often we learn how to deal with these emotions during our childhood and then carry these patterns into adulthood.

Dr John Gottman has studied human interactions over many years and discovered what makes the most effective relationships. Emotion Coaching helps us become more conscious of our own emotional “landscape”; increasing awareness of our own as well as others’ emotions and learning how to handle them with confidence and compassion.

Gottman has created “Emotion Coaching Tools”, providing us with effective ways to work with emotions in all types of relationships; partners, family, friends, school and work. The tools are simple and don’t take a lot of extra time (phew!), but do require us to communicate and interact much more consciously and less reactively.

There is much evidence emerging which shows that the use of Emotion Coaching helps to reduce conflict, reduce problems children experience in school, improve all types of relationships, and improve mental health and wellbeing.

If you are curious and would like to find out more about Emotion Coaching then please follow the links below which provide further information and a number of video clips.

Building Children’s Brains – Schools Presentation


Parent Presentation


EHCAP  – a link to Mindful Emotion Coaching and resources in Somerset