Directive coaching: Structuring with an objective
In fact, the directive approach has the longest history of all, because an age-old tradition of restraint, disciplining conversations and hypnosis of psychiatric patients is entirely in keeping with this approach. For an introduction to the field of modern directive therapeutic techniques, see Hawton et al. (1989). Otherwise, the description ‘cognitive and behavioural’ is a more common description, at least in psychotherapy, than ‘directive’. This also highlights the distinction with the systemic and paradoxical approaches (see Chapter 9), which are also directive. We retain the word ‘directive’, nevertheless, because it appears more frequently in the coaching literature.
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