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How do coaches work with clients showing signs of burnout?

A Geraghty International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2021

This paper explores approaches coaches are undertaking with ‘burnout’ clients and uses constructivist grounded theory to help address a paucity of coaching related literature. Analysis of interviews with six coaches, with a range of different qualifications, identified categories which were strengthened with other academic literature. The findings emphasise how supervision is central to the ‘burnout’ self-care of the coach and client. In addition, the way in which coaches are tailoring the coaching contract as they diagnose burnout is incorporated. It is proposed that a coaching approach to burnout is respectful of professional boundaries and can complement counselling and/or psychotherapy.

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