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Revisiting the issue of boundaries between coaching and counselling


At an early stage of the literature on this issue some voices were already explicit about the complexity of establishing clear boundaries between coaching and counselling ( Bachkirova & Cox, 2004 ; Simons, 2006 ; Bachkirova, 2007 ). Recent research in the last decade has added more substance to this position through exploring the views of practitioners. Although there is some evidence that potential clients, sponsors of coaching and practitioners deal with this issue in a pragmatic way (Maxwell, 2009; Baker, 2015 ), many coaches and particularly newcomers to the field of coaching, counselling and coaching psychology are still left in confusion. (We will use the term ‘coachee’ when referring to individual coaching clients and the term ‘client’ when relevant to both practices: coaching and counselling). In this chapter we will explore a changed state of knowledge about the issue of boundaries between coaching and counselling/therapy, highlighting the nature of this confusion and typical ways of dealing with it in practice. Potential reasons for this confusion will then be discussed together with implications for the current situation in research and practice.

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Bachkirova, Tatiana
Baker, Sarah

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Business\Department of Business and Management


Year of publication: 2018
Date of RADAR deposit: 2017-11-03

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This RADAR resource is the Accepted Manuscript of Revisiting the issue of boundaries between coaching and counselling
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