Holistic Coaching – A-Z of Coaching & Mentoring

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A – Z Coaching and Mentoring – This week’s extract highlights Holistic coaching and how it involves taking into account how you as a coach work differently with each individual client.

Don’t forget if you have a special request for a definition of a coaching term or principle, just let us know! Perfect for anyone studying for an ILM Coaching & Mentoring qualification, or as a refresher for experienced coaches.


Holistic coaching is about working with the mind, body and energy system of the client. Tools, techniques and strategies are an important part of coaching and many are described briefly in Clare’s A-Z book. Holistic coaching is much more than this and takes into account how the coach works differently with each individual client. At the start of the coaching relationship there will be a process of contracting, based on the individual needs of the client. This might take into account past history, future goals, personality type, the agreed focus for the coaching and the type of coaching relationship that both parties wish to establish. Taking a holistic approach will enable the coach to be client centred, plus the flexibility to draw upon tools and techniques
that are fit for purpose in each individual coaching relationship.

A holistic coach will pay attention to the client’s whole experience in life and will be:

  • Working with the mind
  • Working with the body – diet, nutrition, exercise, hydration, yoga
  • Working with energy & the spirit – connection with self, connection with the client and connection with the bigger picture, sometimes described as purpose or spirituality.
Another approach of holistic coaching, is to examine the benefits of coaching not just for the goals achieved, but for the wider benefit of the individual and the systems in which they are a part (such as their family or their organisation).

Taken from the A-Z Coaching Handbook by Clare Smale where you will find a comprehensive A-Z, plus a full list of references.

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