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

Britten, David (2015) Felt sense and figurative space: Clients' metaphors for their experiences of coaching. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. pp. 14-29.

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Abstract

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.
Keywords: coaching; metaphor; experience; embodiment; space, time

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue 9, June 2015
Status: Published
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: School of Psychological & Social Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1140

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