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Felt sense and figurative space: Clients’ metaphors for their experiences of coaching

D Britten International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2015

This study examines coaching clients’ metaphors for their experiences of coaching. Semistructured interviews with a specific focus on metaphor were carried out with six participants who had recently completed a cycle of coaching as a client. Interview material was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The findings suggest that eliciting metaphors is an effective, though problematic, means of generating experientially-rich research material. Findings highlight the relationship between metaphor and embodied experience; the sense of having grown as a result of the coaching; and the experience of time during the coaching encounter. Implications for coaching theory, practice and research are considered.

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