Coaching and therapeutic relationships: How do similarities and differences matter in practice
As part of the impetus for investigating the ‘active ingredients’ of coaching (De Haan et al., 2016), the ongoing debate on the functional similarity of coaching and therapy has extended to include the question of the coaching and therapeutic relationships (McKenna & Davis, 2009; O’Broin, 2016).
How do the relationships in these allied helping domains overlap and differ, and what are the implications for their respective processes and outcomes?
This paper addresses this question, arguing that both similarities and differences, including the attitudes of both participants in the dyad, and the practitioner’s use of self and skills exist, and play a meaningful part in creating and maintaining individual coaching and therapeutic relationships respectively. Implications for research, and for practice at the general and specific levels are discussed which are relevant for those practitioners working with either coachee or therapy clients, and those who work in both domains.
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Biography DR ALANNA O’BROIN PHD CPSYCHOL AFBPsS MISCP ACCRED
Alanna is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and an International Society for Coaching Psychology Accredited Coaching Psychologist.
Previously an investment analyst and Fund Manager for leading international Investment manager 3i Group, Alanna is an experienced practicing coaching psychologist, working primarily with executives in achieving their developmental and performance goals.
Her doctoral research was on coachee and coach experiences of forming the coaching relationship and how the coach may adapt to the coachee. She has written 8 peer reviewed articles, and authored and co-authored 8 book and e-book chapters, mainly on the topic of the coaching relationship. Additional research interests include the boundaries of coaching and allied domains such as therapy; integrative coaching approaches, and cognitive behavioural approaches in coaching.
Alanna was Co-Editor of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice until January 2016, is a Consulting Editor of The Coaching Psychologist, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of High Performance Coaching and Consulting.