The co-created boundary: negotiating the limits of coaching

Alison Maxwell
2009 International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring  
This paper explores how business coaches experience the boundary between coaching and therapy in their practice. Using a phenomenological approach, four therapeutically trained and four non-therapeutically trained coaches were asked to describe instances when they felt they were working near the 'boundary'. Findings suggest that issues of a psychological nature are brought into coaching, and that the 'boundary' is largely a function of the willingness and ability of both coach and client to
more » ... h and client to work with personal/psychological material. Differences in working practice were noted between and within the two groups. Findings also give impetus for more rigorous coach training as well as suggesting a potentially fruitful tool for use in coach supervision.
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