Coaching in the grey space, exploring boundaries, ethics and complexity

DProf thesis

Cundy, L. 2023. Coaching in the grey space, exploring boundaries, ethics and complexity. DProf thesis Middlesex University Business and Law
TypeDProf thesis
TitleCoaching in the grey space, exploring boundaries, ethics and complexity
AuthorsCundy, L.

How can I and other coaches improve our practice whilst working ethically and managing boundaries in the grey space as we work with clients?

This thesis explores the boundaries of coaching and therapy, and the moments when they intersect.

This study aims to seek understanding of the lived experience, collaboratively exploring the differences and similarities of how I, and other coaches of various levels, expertise and competency, navigate this grey space. Furthermore, aiming to gain a deeper understanding of how we as coaches can negotiate this complex terrain, to improve the management of boundaries and ethics, both for coaches within the practice and to safeguard coachees/clients. The enquiry considers the experiences when working with coachees/clients on stress management, resilience and personal development, particularly focusing on moments where the boundaries between therapy and coaching may intersect.

An action research enquiry was used whereby a process of cycles of action and enquiry took place, and data was analysed using Constructionist Thematic Analysis (CTA).

Additionally, a self-study, drawing on a first-person action enquiry, was incorporated consisting of a retrospective critical reflection and drawing on personal narrative enquiry informed by an autoethnography approach into myself as practitioner and researcher.

Output mediacoaching
coaching psychology
Sustainable Development Goals4 Quality education
3 Good health and well-being
Middlesex University ThemeHealth & Wellbeing
Department nameBusiness and Law
Institution nameMiddlesex University
PublisherMiddlesex University Research Repository
Publication dates
Online19 Mar 2024
Publication process dates
Accepted25 Jul 2023
Deposited19 Mar 2024
Output statusPublished
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