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Presence-Based® Coaching

Pragmatic leadership development for tomorrow’s challenges.


High touch. High value. Deeply human. Organized towards what matters most.

Presence-Based® Coaching Training - Level 1 ACC

Our Fall PBC course will start in September and will be held in-person. Registration is open!

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Living in Presence Coaching Course - Level 2 PCC

Our advanced course will start in October and is open to PBC Alumni. Now accepting applications.

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Explore Presence-Based Coaching

Join us for a free live webinar on Tuesday, July 30 at noon EDT

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Integrative Tools for Leaders and Coaches


Leaders, and their coaches, need integrative tools and approaches to help us become what the world is asking us to be.

Presence-Based Coaching draws from the fields of mindfulness, somatics, developmental psychology, complexity theory, leadership, and interpersonal neurobiology to offer an emergent synthesis of the most potent approaches to developing leaders on the planet.

  • three influential books on leadership & coaching
  • ICF-accredited coach training and certification program
  • recognized thought leadership
  • evidence-based embodied development and leadership practices
  • experiential learning at leading companies, universities, and international conferences
  • individual coaching support in developmental challenges
  • leading edge, Creative Commons-licensed tools and resources
  • virtual courses and webinars

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Upcoming Course Dates

Presence-Based Coaching Course (Level 1)

Fall 2024 – in person

  • PBC I – September 9-11
  • PBC II – October 28-31
  • Mentor Coaching begins Nov 18

Living in Presence Coaching Course (Level 2) is offered once per year

Our 6-month advanced certification course

Living in Presence Coaching Course (LIPCC) 2024

Now accepting applications

  • Initial retreat – October 21-24, 2024
  • Closing retreat – April 7-10, 2025

Training and Certification in Presence-Based Coaching

Discover our innovative and ICF-accredited certification program. Groundbreaking tools for developmental coaching.

The Presence-Based® Coaching Course provides coaching professionals a pragmatic toolkit for accelerating not only their own development, but also that of their clients. Learn to extend your own presence, and practice specific coaching moves that support long term efficacy in your clients.

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Presence-Based® Coaching Course of Study

You’re Invited to a Free Intro Call

An introduction to the fundamentals of Presence Based Coaching.

Hop on one of our upcoming calls, or listen to one of our prerecorded introductory sessions to get a sense if The Presence-Based® Coaching Course is right for you. You’ll be able to ask the faculty questions, and be a part of a live coaching demo.

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Free Resilience Practices!

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Arthur M. Blank

Success in business is predicated on eliciting the best from people. The Mindful Coach clearly articulates the essentials of how to do this. As someone who believes deeply in the potential of all people, I found Silsbee’s approach both practical and profound.

Arthur M. Blank, Philanthropist Co-founder, The Home Depot; Owner & CEO, Atlanta Falcons

Pam McLean

Your work was profound, important, and interspersed with plenty of psychological stirring of the right sort — beautifully done. I appreciate the great combination of your smarts, humility and strength — a perfect combination!

Pam McLean CEO, Hudson Institute of Coaching

Richard Barrett

Presence-Based Coaching is a masterful treatise on coaching in the consciousness age. This book brings structure and strategy to accelerating the evolution of leaders.

Richard Barrett Author, Liberating the Corporate Soul

Steve Heller, PCC

The Presence-Based Coaching program is a powerful and generative learning experience. The integration of Doug Silsbee’s unique and expansive concepts and models, his powerful personal presence, and his ability to convey sophisticated ideas in a manner that makes them readily understood and easily integrated combine to make the program profound and impactful.

Steve Heller, PCC, Program Director Leadership Coaching Certificate Program Institute for Transformational Leadership; Georgetown University

Dr. Ross Ungerleider, M.D.

Bebe’s unflagging commitment to teaching Presence-Based Coaching, and to mentoring and developing coaches, is both precise and loving. Her laser feedback is deeply insightful while her inviting presence is encouraging and supportive. Bebe’s gifts are integral to this exceptional learning experience, which goes far beyond how to coach.

Dr. Ross Ungerleider, M.D. Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon and Author


Presence-Based Coaching draws from multiple streams.

Explore the stones below to sample a few lineages integrated into this leading edge approach.

  • Resilience
  • Somatics
  • Mindfulness
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Complexity
  • Presence
  • Trauma-Informed

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Presence leads to resilience: the capacity to be creative and resourceful and to take optimal action, no matter what’s going on around us.

“Reality does not take breaks.”

– AH Almaas


Whole person learning and practices produce embodiment, a compelling leadership presence, and physiologically supported change.

“We are what we have practiced. What we practice now is what we will become.”

– Gautama Buddha


Rigorous attention on present-moment experience enables choice and awareness. Inhibiting automatic behaviors opens new possibilities.

“My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.”

– William James

Developmental Psychology

As humans grow, the arc trends towards more flexible and complex thinking, holding multiple perspectives, and an ever larger circle of care and concern. Seeing this arc accelerates its unfolding.

“The fewer perspectives you have, the more certain you can be that you’re right.”

– Randy Chittum

Interpersonal Neurobiology

Human connectedness takes place below the level of language, one nervous system to another. Knowledgeable self-regulation leads to authentic and trusting relationships.

“You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.”

– Vironika Tugaleva


A world that is increasingly complex requires new and sometimes counterintuitive leadership. Relying on what has worked in the past often makes matters worse.

“In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”

– Eric Hoffer


We describe presence as a meta-competency-- a capability that underpins everything else that we do. It becomes deeply woven into the fabric of who we are and how we organize and respond to our world. A meta-competency includes and enables other competencies. It is a way of being as much as a way of doing.

“Presence is an internal state: the inclusive awareness of stillness, possibility, and immediacy.”

– Doug Silsbee


The Presence-Based Coaching methodology is inherently trauma-informed. We work with the wholeness of our clients, including their embodiment, nervous system regulation and ability to mindfully center into the present in the moment.

“Trauma is not what happens to us; trauma is what happens inside you, the wound that you sustained, the meaning you made of it, that way you then came to believe certain things about yourself, the world or other people…a disconnection from your authentic self, that can be restored at any moment.”

– Gabor Mate