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Pluralistic coaching? An exploration of the potential for a pluralistic approach to coaching

A Pendle International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2015

The pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy (Cooper & McLeod, 2011) has created controversy in the therapy world but has yet to be explored as a coaching approach. This paper examines coaches' attitudes towards its potential for coaching. Practicing coaches were given a stepped introduction to the approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five participants. Transcripts of the interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Smith, Flowers & Larkin, 2009). Findings suggested that there is a case to be made for the introduction of pluralistic coaching but that a number of modifications should be considered in how the approach is presented

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