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Exploring Narrative Coaching and the Power of Stories: A Discussion With Dr. David Drake

Coaching Uncaged
Coaching Uncaged
Exploring Narrative Coaching and the Power of Stories: A Discussion With Dr. David Drake

In this fascinating episode of Coaching Uncaged Animas Centre Director Robert Stephenson is joined by coach, author and Founder of Narrative Coaching Dr. David Drake as they dive deep into the narrative coaching approach and what it brings to the coaching dynamic.

David shares how his narrative coaching approach grew out of a fascination with the hidden potential in the stories our clients tell us and a desire to move away from a linear, goal-orientated approach to coaching. He also shares what it is that makes this approach so powerful for both the coach and coachee.

Robert and David also explore the tendency to over-exert ourselves as coaches, the power of silence, the importance of building relationships and the magic that happens when we allow our client the space to do the work.

David touches on the work of Carl Rogers, Timothy Gallwey and Lev Vygotsky as well as his own work as he talks about the importance of ‘serious play’, experimentation and crossing thresholds. He also shares some fascinating ideas around rites of passage in coaching and an updated view on the Hero’s Journey.

David also shares his provocative thoughts around masculine and feminine approaches to development, the role of change in coaching, and Integrative Development, his pioneering grounded theory that underpins narrative coaching and opens up a new field of practice.

You can find out more about David and his work here: https://www.themomentinstitute.com/

We hope that you enjoy this episode!


Nick is the founder and CEO of the Animas and International Centre for Coaching Supervision. Along with his love of coaching and supervision, he is a a passionate learner with a fascination for philosophy, psychology and sociology.

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