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Personal Consultancy
A model for integrating counselling and coaching

ISBN 9780415833936
Published November 4, 2013 by Routledge
256 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Making the case for an integrated approach to the practices of counselling, psychotherapy and coaching, Personal Consultancy provides a coherent and systematic framework for working with clients. Nash Popovic and Debra Jinks use their experience in the area of integrative practice to demonstrate how this wider approach can be a more comprehensive way of helping clients than coaching or counselling on its own.

The authors explain how a range of techniques and approaches from various one-to-one practices can be brought together under the framework of Personal Consultancy, creating a method that is systematic, ethical and professional but not limited by any particular theoretical bias or preconceptions. With chapters by guest authors who discuss their perspectives on the approach and its application across various contexts, Personal Consultancy demonstrates that it is possible to combine the reparative work normally associated with counselling with the more proactive, goal-oriented approach of coaching. The result is a method that allows clients to have their counselling and their coaching needs met within one relationship and which allows the practitioner more flexibility and freedom than when using a single approach.

Personal Consultancy will be essential reading for practicing coaches and counsellors, especially those already integrating the two approaches or those looking to do so, as well as students and those in training.

Table of Contents

A Brief Overview of One-to-one Talking Practices. Psychodynamic Approaches. Behaviourism. Humanistic Movement. Coaching. Coaching and Therapy: Integration and Differentiation. Why Personal Consultancy? What is Personal Consultancy? The Model. The Stages of the Process. Where are the Boundaries? The Process. Integrating Other Concepts, Techniques and Processes. Should We Offer Personal Consultancy? An Exploratory Dialogues Between Practitioner and Organisation. Below the Surface – An Integrative Approach to Leadership Coaching. Personal Consultancy with Young People: ‘Are We Bothered?’. Personal Consultancy with Addictions. Comparing Existential Perspective on Integration with Personal Consultancy. A Postcard From Down Under: An International Perspective on Practising as an Integrative Executive Coach-Therapist. Listening to the Practitioners about Integration. Some Reflections on Personal Consultancy. Areas for Development.

Guest contributors: Linda Aspey, Sarah Baker, Ann Collins, Siobhan Dunleavy, Jayne Hildreth, Yannick Jacob, Gordon Jinks, Carolyn Mumby, Lesley Symons.

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Nash Popovic is a director of the Personal Well-Being Centre, a senior lecturer at the University of East London and a Personal Consultant in private practice. He runs the Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Coaching, the first programme of its kind in the UK, and has published and presented extensively on Personal Consultancy.

Debra Jinks has a particular interest in the interface between coaching and therapy and is a pioneer in the promotion of integration of the two disciplines. She is a freelance Personal Consultant, trainer and supervisor at Debra Jinks Consulting and the Personal Well-Being Centre, and is the founding Chair of the Association for Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals (AICTP).


"Popovic and Jinks have put together a model of Personal Consultancy that integrates core ingredients from counselling, psychotherapy and coaching. This book draws on a number of psychologies, philosophies, contexts, techniques and arguments, illustrating the practical work with case vignettes throughout. Ambitious and wide-ranging, yet focused on 21st century demographic realities, the approach could just turn out to be what the unwieldy field of personal helping theories needs for the next stage in its development." - Colin Feltham, Emeritus Professor of Critical Counselling Studies, Sheffield Hallam University

"Nash Popovic and Debra Jinks are to be congratulated for developing the Personal Consultancy model which integrates one-to-one practices and counselling approaches, literally bridging the gap between counselling and coaching." - Professor Stephen Palmer, Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit, City University London

"This book may be regarded as the seminal work on integrative coach-therapy, and therefore invaluable to its practitioners. Nash Popovic and Debra Jinks have produced an interesting, open-minded proposition of a personal consultancy paradigm, in a style that invites comment and development. Let me say immediately that it is adventurous and highly readable." - Jan Dexter, AICTP (November 2013, Issue 6)