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A phenomenological investigation of the coaching experience : implications for counselling psychology Dhaliwal, Indira

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the subjective experience of individuals who had experienced coaching within the last year. Since coaching is a relatively new phenomenon, this study was exploratory in nature. Therefore, a qualitative phenomenological methodology was used to guide the data collection and analysis. The research question that guided this study was: "What is the lived experience of individuals who have been coached?" Data was collected through in-depth semi-structured interviews with a volunteer sample of six participants. The main criterion for recruitment of participants included those individuals who had been coached for a minimum of five months or at least 15 sessions. The interviews were audio-taped and transcribed verbatim. Using Colaizzi's (1978) method of data analysis, individual themes and themes common to all six participants were extracted. The results highlight the experiences of individuals, thereby contributing to a discussion of the comparisons and contrasts between coaching and counselling psychology.

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