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Handbook of Coaching Psychology
A Guide for Practitioners

ISBN 9781138775329
Published November 26, 2018 by Routledge
630 Pages

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The Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners provides a clear and extensive guide to the theory, research and practice of coaching psychology.

In this new and expanded edition, an international selection of leading coaching psychologists and coaches outlines recent developments from a broad spectrum of areas. Part One examines perspectives and research in coaching psychology, looking at both the past and the present as well as assessing future directions. Part Two presents a range of approaches to coaching psychology, including behavioural and cognitive behavioural, humanistic, existential, being-focused, constructive and systemic approaches. Part Three covers application, context and sustainability, focusing on themes including individual transitions in life and work, and complexity and system-level interventions. Finally, Part Four explores a range of topics within the professional and ethical practice of coaching psychology. The book also includes several appendices outlining the key professional bodies, publications, research centres and societies in coaching psychology, making this an indispensable resource.

Unique in its scope, this key text will be essential reading for coaching psychologists and coaches, academics and students of coaching psychology, coaching and mentoring and business psychology. It will be an important text for anyone seeking to understand the psychology underpinning their coaching practice, including human resource, learning and development and management professionals, and executives in a coaching role.

Table of Contents


List of illustrations

Notes on the editors and contributors

Foreword by Cary L. Cooper

Preface and acknowledgements

International Society for Coaching Psychology


PART 1: Perspectives and research in coaching psychology


  1. Past, present and future
  2. Alison Whybrow and Stephen Palmer

  3. Coaching and neuroscience
  4. Patricia Riddell

  5. Self-efficacy within coaching and coaching psychology: an integrated Self-efficacy Coaching Model
  6. Diana Aguiar Vieira and Stephen Palmer

  7. Goals and Coaching: an integrated evidence-based model of goal-focused coaching and coaching psychology
  8. Anthony Grant

  9. From positive psychology to the development of positive psychology coaching
  10. Sheila Panchal, Stephen Palmer and Suzy Green

  11. Research and the practitioner: getting a perspective on evidence as a coaching psychologist
  12. Annette Fillery-Travis and Sarah Corrie

  13. Understanding evidence-based coaching through the analysis of coaching psychology research methodology
  14. Yi-Ling Lai and Stephen Palmer

    PART 2: Coaching psychology approaches


    Section 1: Behavioural and cognitive behavioural approaches

  15. Behavioural coaching
  16. Jonathan Passmore

  17. Cognitive behavioural coaching: An integrative approach
  18. Stephen Palmer and Kasia Szymanskia

    Section 2: Humanistic approaches

  19. Person-centred coaching psychology
  20. Stephen Joseph and Richard Bryant-Jefferies

  21. Motivational interviewing: a specific approach for coaching psychologists
  22. Jonathan Passmore and Alison Whybrow

  23. Pluralistic coaching
  24. Zsófia Anna Utry, Stephen Palmer, John McLeod and Mick Cooper

    Section 3: Existential approaches

  25. An existential approach to coaching psychology
  26. Ernesto Spinelli and Caroline Horner

  27. Gestalt coaching
  28. Julie Allan and Alison Whybrow

  29. Mindfulness in coaching: a self-determination theory perspective
  30. Gordon B. Spence

  31. Compassion focused coaching
  32. Chis Irons, Stephen Palmer and Liz Hall

    Section 4: Being focused approaches

  33. Ontological coaching
  34. Aboodi Shabi and Alison Whybrow

  35. Somatic coaching
  36. Eunice Aquilina & Richard Strozzi-Heckler

    Section 5: Constructive approaches

  37. Coaching with personal construct psychology
  38. Kieran Duignan

  39. Narrative coaching for all (adults, children, groups and communities)
  40. Ho Law

  41. Solution-focused coaching
  42. Bill O'Connell and Stephen Palmer

  43. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and coaching
  44. Bruce Grimley

    Section 6: Systemic approaches

  45. Transactional Analysis approaches to coaching
  46. Sandra Wilson

  47. Systemic constellations approach to coaching and coaching psychology practice
  48. Jake Farr and Matt Shepheard

  49. Psychodynamic and systems-psychodynamics coaching
  50. Vega Zagier Roberts and Halina Brunning

    PART 3: Application, context and sustainability

    Section 1: Individual transitions in life and work

  51. Personal and Life-coaching psychology
  52. Ole Michael Spatan

  53. Developmental coaching across life transitions
  54. Sheila Panchal, Siobhain O'Riordan and Stephen Palmer

  55. Adult learning approaches as an approach to coaching
  56. David Lane, Marc Kahn and Lloyd Chapman

  57. Career coaching
  58. Peter Fennah

  59. Stress, resilience, health and wellbeing coaching
  60. Helen Williams, Stephen Palmer and Kristina Gyllensten

    Section 2: Coaching, complexity and system level interventions

  61. Coaching at the edge of chaos: a complexity informed approach to coaching psychology
  62. Lesley Kuhn and Alison Whybrow

  63. Developing coaching within organisations: moving towards a coaching culture
  64. Alison Whybrow and Ed Nottingham

  65. Leadership and executive coaching
  66. Vicky Ellam-Dyson, Dasha Grajfoner, Alison Whybrow and Stephen Palmer

  67. Team coaching
  68. Sandy Gordon and Doug MacKie

    PART 4: The profession and ethical practice of coaching psychology


  69. The coaching relationship: a key role in coaching processes and outcomes
  70. Alanna O’Broin and Stephen Palmer

  71. Revisiting the issues of boundaries between coaching and counselling
  72. Tatiana Bachkirova and Sarah Baker

  73. Coaching and diversity
  74. Helen Baron and Hannah Azizollah

  75. Using psychometrics in coaching
  76. Alan Bourne and Alison Whybrow

  77. The role of technology in coaching
  78. Alex Pascal; Brodie Riordan and Maggie Sass

  79. Coachee mental health: practice implications for coaching psychologists
  80. Kasia Szymanska

  81. A cognitive-developmental approach for coach development
  82. Tatiana Bachkirova and Elaine Cox

  83. Coaching psychology supervision
  84. Michael Carroll

  85. Global activity in the education and practice of coaching psychology

Siobhain O'Riordan and Stephen Palmer


Appendix 1: Coaching and coaching psychology professional bodies

Appendix 2: Coaching- and coaching psychology-related publications

Appendix 3: University-based coaching psychology units and centres

Appendix 4: International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP)



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Stephen Palmer is a leading coaching psychologist and is president of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. He is professor of practice at the Wales Institute for Work Based Learning and was the first chair of the British Psychology Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology.

Dr Alison Whybrow has been involved in the development of the coaching psychology profession since the early 2000s. A past chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology, Alison is now an honorary research fellow at the ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research. She runs her own coaching and consulting business.


"Stephen Palmer and Alison Whybrow have produced a seminal and very significant Handbook of Coaching Psychology. They have brought together leading figures in this growing and important field, highlighting the various forms of coaching and their impact. This is a 'must buy' for anybody interested in coaching psychology…it will become the coaching bible for the field." - Professor Cary L. Cooper, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, UK

"Bringing together some of the world's leading experts on coaching psychology this book provides a thorough and highly interesting exploration of the field as it stands today. Undoubtedly this is a book you must read if you're interested in the subject and want to stay up to date with its latest developments." - Per-Olof Eriksson, licensed psychologist, Sweden. Honorary Vice President of ISfCP and initiator and chair of the Swedish Association for Coaching Psychologists

"Being intimately involved in the emergence and the development of the Coaching Psychology profession in Ireland, and also in the development and teaching of the First Masters in Coaching Psychology to be delivered in an Irish University (University College Cork), the first edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology was ground-breaking and a necessary roadmap for teacher, scientist and practitioner.  This second and more comprehensive edition is timely and will inform the ongoing and necessary conversation around the further development, teaching and practice of the subject area. I welcome that." - Hugh O’Donovan CPsychol., P.s.S.I, Coaching Psychologist and Author of Mindful Walking

"The Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners is an excellent resource of psychological theories and best practice for anybody interested in coaching psychology. The second edition of this fantastic book offers an extensive overview of the latest trends in coaching, psychology and management in a VUCA world. This is a must have for coaching psychologists, coaches and those working within related fields." - Dr Anna Syrek-Kosowska, Executive Coach, Coaching Supervisor (CSA) and Honorary VP of the ISCP, Poland


"With a clear and practice-focused approach, this book provides a comprehensive and robust foundation for coaching psychology. It is essential reading for new researchers and graduate students who are interested in coaching psychology, and those who want to base their professional practice on the coaching approach." - Dr Qing Wang, Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University

"For anyone interested in the field of individual, team and organizational learning in contemporary business environments, the new edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners presents some of the most exciting developments in contemporary psychology. The expanded edition now includes chapters which highlight the fastest growing fields of today’s coaching, such as team coaching, coaching culture and the role of technology in coaching. Readers will find probably the most comprehensive answers to the questions about the research-based evidence, plurality of psychological perspectives and application contexts related to coaching. Finally, the Handbook fulfills a mission to grow the coaching profession by connecting it to the cutting edge thinking in psychological science." - Jelena Pavlovic, PhD, senior research associate at the Institute of Educational Research, founder of Koučing Centar, Serbia, and developer of ISCP recognized and ICF accredited coach training programs

"This handbook offers a comprehensive and integrative perspective over the field of coaching psychology. This new edition has significantly increased the substance and the range of contributors and contributions. It provides an overview to coaching psychology key concepts and addresses important issues relating to evidence-based knowledge in the coaching field, training, supervision and the profession of coaching. The reader is introduced to various approaches to coaching psychology, derived from both traditional psychotherapy and modern approaches in psychotherapy. The applications of coaching psychology explore features of an effective coaching practice in various contexts. An excellent resource for both students and coaching professionals seeking to understand the psychology of coaching." - Dr Oana A. David, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the International Coaching Institute at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and President of the International Association of Cognitive Behavioral Coaching


"I highly recommend this second edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology. This enormously useful update is a rigorous and complete compilation of a wide-range of models and approaches by excellent experienced professionals. Including issues such as the impact of new technologies in psychology coaching and the importance of supervision, it provides a current guide to the state-of-the-art and the latest trends of psychology coaching within an international framework." - Victòria Conesa, Psychological Coach; Board of Directors of Psychology Coaching at the Official Psychology College of Catalonia; trainer and presenter on ‘The Culture of Healthy Companies’, ‘Well-being at work’ and ‘Stress Prevention’

"As practitioner and teacher of coaching psychology I'm always looking for books that provide answer to the whys and hows of coaching. There are many "how to" coaching books on the market, but coaching psychologists deserve more. The second edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology is for us. It provides a clear overview of the most important psychological coaching theories and approaches. I’m especially enthusiastic about the pluralistic coaching approach. It gives new perspectives to the fundamental questions of coaching, including the boundaries between coaching and counselling and the success criteria of the coaching relationship. The second edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology is a must-have guide to being a coaching psychologist in today’s VUCA world, in which dealing with complexity and chaos is an unavoidable task and coaching goals could be achieved effectively when we consider bio-psycho-socio factors and their mutual interactions. The first edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology was the main reference of my university course. Now the second edition will be the first on the reference list." - Dr Vince Szekely, PhD, coaching psychologist; President, Hungarian Association for Coaching Psychology

"Looking for a framework to update your coaching practice? The long-awaited second edition of this milestone book offers inspiring ideas on how to improve the scientific foundation and enhance quality development in coaching. It holds great promise as a guide for critical evaluation and development and shows ways on how to link existing knowledge bases. The contributors highlight psychological processes and discuss perspectives to integrate approaches and techniques. This book will advance our understanding of applications and professional topics such as sustainability questions in coaching." - Dr Lisbeth Hurni, certified Coaching Psychologist, Swiss Society for Coaching Psychology; Honorary Vice President, International Society for Coaching Psychology


"A rich and exciting new text for all who are interested in expanding their knowledge, skills and vision of coaching and coaching psychology - This new edition of The Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners, builds extensively and seamlessly on the original handbook. Retaining all that was excellent in the original it shares yet further breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of theory, research and practice.  In addition, there is a section focussing on those often tricky professional and ethical issues faced by practitioners. I recommend this comprehensive handbook as a core text for practitioners, trainers and trainees." - Professor Mary Watts, PhD, CPsychol.; Emeritus Professor, City, University of London, UK; Director, Meyler Campbell Mastered (Business Coach) Programme

"The first edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners provided a momentous and valuable resource for researchers, lecturers and practitioners. As the discipline has been growing expansively since 2008 we welcome this second edition with readiness and excitement. The increase in overall chapters plus the expansion of the approaches part into six sections highlights the range of potential ways that coaching psychologists can offer innovative and evidence-based methods in their coaching practices. We are seeing a focus on new areas for coaching such as neuroscience as well as separate chapters for ontological and somatic coaching. As a positive psychology coach I welcome additional chapters on mindfulness in coaching and compassion-focussed coaching. It is indeed the significant second edition we have been waiting for." - Dr Ceri Sims. CPsychol. Programme leader for Leadership and Coaching courses and senior course lecturer on MSc Applied Positive Psychology, Buckinghamshire New University, UK; Director, Positive Minds Alliance ltd

"This is a unique publication both in terms of depth and breadth. Whether you are new to the field, or an experienced practitioner, this second edition of the Handbook of Coaching Psychology gives you thorough guidance for an evidence-based practice, and inspiring examples to take your practice as a coach and coaching psychologist to the next level. Definitely a must-read to anyone interested in a field that only grows in both academia and industry, and that can do so much to ensure the continual development of individuals and teams in our contemporary society." - Dr Gisele Dias PhD CPsychol; Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK

"The new edition is by far the most comprehensive and authoritative book on coaching psychology currently available. With 43 chapters written by prominent and respected experts in the field, the book provides rich insights and reports on new developments on different perspectives, approaches and applications in the field of coaching psychology. The book is indeed inspirational and an essential resource for both academic and coaching practitioners." - Aletta Odendaal, Professor in Industrial Psychology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Past-President, Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa, and Founding Member, Interest Group of Coaching and Consulting Psychology

"The Handbook of Coaching Psychology is an essential guide to the theory and practice of coaching, across settings. Its strength lies in the wide range of contemporary approaches described and their application to a number of contexts. The book is underpinned by evidence-based practice and research, thereby emphasising the psychology of coaching practice. This excellent book, edited by Stephen Palmer and Alison Whybrow, has contributions from leading practitioners and should be essential reading for coaching trainees and practitioners alike." - Professor Robert Bor, Consultant Clinical & Aviation Psychologist, Dynamic Change Consultants Ltd, London, UK