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Providing safe passage into a larger life: supporting clients’ transformational change through coaching

E Hanssmann International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2014

This paper reports coaches’ experiences of supporting clients undergoing transformational change. Qualitative research was carried out using semi-structured interviews with six coaches and these were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). The findings suggest clearly identifiable ingredients for creating a transformational space and reveal how coaches can open up a larger life for clients while helping them overcome their fears. New insights were identified into the role of coaches’ spirituality and client readiness blended with the ability to take a long term view for retrospectively emerging transformations.

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