Who is calling the shots?

Can psychodynamic coaching solve the power struggle between coach and client? Examines the evidence Janet Laffin Coaching conversations are often about change but, for the client, change can be painful and is often associated with loss. Psychodynamic coaching views the coach/client relationship as the main motivation and vehicle for change. The new insights generated by coaching can challenge the client to confront long-established behaviours, assumptions, attitudes or values, and assist them to change behaviour. However, these challenges may lead to intense emotions in the client, which can undermine their intention to change, leading to unconscious power struggles in the coaching […]

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