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Very Brief Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (VBCBC)

1st Edition

By Windy Dryden


172 pages

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In Very Brief Cognitive Behavioural Coaching Windy Dryden presents VBCBC: a unique approach to coaching from a cognitive behavioural perspective which takes place over the course of one to three sessions. The approach is designed to help coachees identify at least one major objective, discuss and select ways to achieve it and, if necessary, deal with obstacles that they experience in pursuing it.

The book presents the basic assumptions of the Very Brief Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (VBCBC) approach, how it can be understood from the perspective of working alliance theory and recommendations concerning when it can be used and when not. Dryden begins by defining coaching and explaining the aims of VBCBC, before examining the input factors which can increase its effectiveness and concluding with a seven-stage process view. The book also includes a transcript of a real VBCBC session, with commentary.

Written clearly and accessibly, this will be essential reading for coaches of all backgrounds interested in brief approaches, including those in training, coaching psychologists and coach supervisors.


'A masterly account by a master coach of how to kick-start in 1-3 sessions the change process which clients will then self-manage. A must have book for all coaches who are challenged by their clients or themselves to cut to the chase.' - Michael Neenan, in private practice and author of Developing Resilience: A Cognitive Behavioural Approach (Routledge).

"Dryden is masterful at keeping a tight focus in his sessions, something which a less experienced practitioner such as I can aspire to. (…) it's a great introduction to an innovative approach that may re-energise the way you work." - Sally Brown, integrative counsellor and personal development coach in private practice, and Executive Specialist for Communication for BACP Coaching.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1.What is Coaching? 2. What is Cognitive-Behavioural Coaching? Part 2: What is Very Brief Cognitive-Behavioural Coaching 3. Some Basic Assumptions 4. VBCBC and the Coaching Alliance Part 3: Indications and Contraindications For VBCBC 5. Indications and Contraindications for VBCBC 6. Coach and Coachee Skills and Charachteristics that are Helpful for VBCBC Part 4: The Process if VBCBC 7. Stage 1: Getting the Fit Right 8. Stage 2: Laying the Foundations 9. Stage 3: (DF-VBCBC): Setting the Coaching Objective 10. Stage 3: (PF-VBCBC): Identifying the Problem and Setting the Goal 11. Stage 4: (DF-VBCBC): Devising and Implementing the Action Plan 12. Stage 4: (PF-VBCBC): Addressing the Problem and Implementing the Solution 13. Stage 5: Identifying and Dealing with Obstacles 14. Stage 6: Ending 15. Stage 7: Following-up Appendix 1

About the Author

Windy Dryden is in full-time clinical and consultative practice and is an international authority on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). He is Honorary Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, was granted honorary membership in the International Association of Cognitive Behavioral Coaching in 2014 and is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London. He has worked in the helping professions for more than 40 years and is the author and editor of over 215 books.

About the Series

Coaching Psychology

Coaching psychology is a distinct branch of academic and applied psychology that focuses on enhancement of performance, development and wellbeing in the broader population. Written by leading experts, the Coaching Psychology series will highlight innovations in the field, linking theory, research and practice. These books will interest professionals from psychology, coaching, mentoring, business, health, human resources and management as well as those interested in the psychology underpinning their coaching and mentoring practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health