Paul Laughlin was recently published in the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) June issue of “The Coaching Psychologist“.

This eminent coaching publication is the official publication of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology within the BPS, of which Paul is a member.

For this issue, Paul wrote a detailed review of the book “Contact and Context: New Directions in Gestalt Coaching“. As well as recommending this collection of chapters from experts and practitioners, Paul shares some of its relevance to his own mentoring practice with executives.

Working with mentoring both data leaders and senior executives, Paul has seen the benefits of a Gestalt approach. Considering the whole person, their context/environment and creative ways to explore how they might become more self-aware and flourish. All these have helped leaders with their development and effectiveness. It has also helped create an effective & fluid blend of mentoring and coaching that suits Paul’s clients.

More details on this very helpful book for coaches are available here:

Contact and Context

This collection brings together some leading figures in Gestalt coaching to take stock of the field and consider how it might move forward. It covers the principles of Gestalt coaching and encourages practitioners to rethink the application of Gestalt in new ways and new settings – e.g. leadership, management and team development.

More details on the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology are available here:

Special Group in Coaching Psychology

The Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) aims to provide psychologists with a means of sharing research as well as practical experiences that relate to the psychology of coaching. The SGCP definition of coaching psychology is ‘the scientific study and application of behaviour, cognition and emotion to deepen our understanding of individuals’ and groups’ performance, achievement and wellbeing, and to enhance practice within coaching’.