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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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chapter TWENTY-EIGHT

A Narrative Approach to Coaching

David B. Drake

Our lives are in many ways defined by the stories we tell about them. The stories themselves are drawn from a rich tapestry of historical, contextual, cultural, and mythical narratives. However, in this time of what often feels like an ever-accelerating now, many people experience a strong need to continuously recalibrate their personal stories and social narratives in order to grow, relate well to others, and express themselves.

In part as a response to these demands, narrative coaching has emerged over the past ten years as a holistic approach to help people shift their stories about themselves, about others, and about life itself. Working this way helps people to (1) ...

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