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Coaching and Trauma: From Surviving to Thriving

By Helen Isacke|16.10.2019

Why do coaches need to understand trauma? This book highlights the role coaches must play – and how it differs to psychotherapists – in supporting clients with trauma. A role that both enhances the coach’s skills and supports their clients’ personal development.

Coaching and Trauma: From Surviving to Thriving

by Julia Vaughan Smith

Written for practitioners, this important text raises trauma awareness, addresses the ‘what if?’ questions many coaches have and provides a clear framework for implementation. Rarely do coaching or organisational development books address the very prevalent issue of trauma and yet this is something every coach will come across in their practice.

“This book busts the myth that trauma has nothing to do with coaching, while underlining clearly how coaches can maintain appropriate boundaries. A real gift to the profession and absolutely essential reading for any coaching supervisor.” Paul Heardman, Leadership Coach and Coaching Supervisor

“A clear, enlightening, practical book that is well-grounded in theory.” Carolyn Mumby, Executive and Personal Coach-Therapist, Supervisor and Facilitator, Chair BACP Coaching Division
“This is a book that coaching has been missing. From the first pages it’s clear that we are in safe hands as Julia guides us through a topic that is sadly still taboo for many coaches.” Helen Sieroda, Director Wise Goose School of Coaching

“Necessary reading for anyone serious about coaching. It’s a profound book, and because it goes deep, it reveals fertile possibilities. It touches, evokes and – with great care – honours our necessary inventiveness.” Jonathan Gosling, Emeritus Professor of Leadership, Exeter University and co-founder of

About the Author
Julia Vaughan Smith has been an organisational development consultant, executive coach and supervisor, as well as an integrative psychotherapist. She has worked with Professor Franz Ruppert over the last 10 years, working with his theory and practice. In her early career she was a nurse and then a teacher/trainer before taking on roles concerned with the education and training in the NHS in England and Wales.


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