A curated reading list for the Senior Practitioner in Coaching course

It’s impossible to find a top five or ten books on coaching, as there is such a huge and diverse range. Here you will find the books that are used on the programme that will help you with your journey from Therapist to Coach. Please note, reading these books is not obligatory; read what you find supports your learning and brings you joy.

If you have any feedback about the books listed here, or would like to recommend any new books, please do let me know. Clicking on the link will take you through to the listing on the Amazon page (for which I receive a 1% affiliate fee, should you purchase the book from the link). If you have any trouble accessing the links on this page, please call me on 07729 332 174 or email

NB: Newer versions of these books may be available, however older versions are often cheaper to purchase. (NB: Some participants have found using Perlego a useful and cheaper way of accessing these books via an online subscription, though I do not use it myself).

Core texts

Downey, M. (2003) Effective Coaching. Texere Publishing: Cheshire

Morgan, K. (2020) Thirty Great Coaching Tools. Barefoot Coaching

Passmore, J. (2014) Mastery in Coaching: A Complete Psychological Toolkit for Advanced Coaching Paperback.  London: Kogan Page

Peltier, B. (2010) The Psychology of Executive Coaching: Theory and Application. New York, East Sussex:  Routledge.

Shah, S. (2022) Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in Coaching: A Practical Guide. London: Kogan Page

Vaughan Smith, J. (2007) Therapist into Coach. Maidenhead: Open University Press McGraw Hill Education.

Recommended texts


Brown, P. & Brown, V. Neuropsychology for Coaches: Understanding the basics.  New York: Open University Press.

Clutterbuck, D. & Megginson, D. (2009) Further Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann

Covey, S. (2004) Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. London: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.

Hawkins, P. & Turner, E. (2020) Systemic Coaching: Delivering Value Beyond the Individual. Routledge: Abingdon.

Kline, N. (2002) Time to think: listening to ignite the human mind.  London: Cassell Illustrated

Rogers, J. (2016). Coaching Skills. 4th Ed.  Berkshire and New York: Open University Press McGraw-Hill Education.

Rogers, J. (2006) Developing a Coaching Business. Maidenhead: Open University Press McGraw Hill Education.

Tee, D & Passmore, J. (2022) Coaching Practiced (BPS Textbooks in Psychology). Chichester: Wiley

Whitmore, J. (2009) Coaching for Performance. 4th Ed. London and Boston: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

Whitmore, J (2020) Systemic Coaching & Constellations. 3rd Ed. London: Kogan Page

Handbooks (individual chapters on theories and approaches)

Palmer, S & Whybrow, A (2018) Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners. Hove: Routledge

Passmore, J. (2020). The Coaches’ Handbook: The Complete Practitioner Guide for Professional Coaches. Abingdon: Routledge

Passmore, J. (2010) (ed.) Excellence in Coaching: The Industry Guide. London: Kogan Page.

Theory specific

Cavacchia, S & Gilbert, M (2019) The Theory and Practice of Relational Coaching: Complexity, Paradox and Integration.  Routledge: Abingdon

Egan, G. (2010) The Skilled Helper. USA: Books/Cole

Hill, J & Oliver, J. (2019) Acceptance and Commitment Coaching. Abingdon: Routledge

Howard, A (2020) Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching: A Psychology of Being for a Time of Crisis. Abingdon: Routledge

Lapworth, C & Sills, C. (2011) An Introduction to Transactional Analysis: Helping People Change. London:Sage

Leary-Joyce, J (2014) The Fertile Void: Gestalt Coaching at Work. St Albans: Academy of Executive Coaching

Popovic, N. & Jinks, D. (2014) Personal Consultancy: A model for integrating counselling and coaching. London: Routledge.

Pratt, K. (2021) Transactional Analysis: Distinctive Features. Abingdon: Routledge

Tool specific

Jones, G. & Gorell, R. (2009) 50 Top Tools for Coaching.  London and Philadelphia. Kogan Page.

Passmore et. al. (ed) (2021) Coaching Tools Volume 1. Faringdon: Libri Publishing

Passmore et. al. (ed) (2022) Coaching Tools Volume 2. Faringdon: Libri Publishing

Passmore et. al. (ed) (20213) Coaching Tools Volume 3. Faringdon: Libri Publishing

Rogers, J. (2015) The Art of Coaching: An Handbook of Tips and Tools. Abingdon: Routledge

Mentioned books from the T2C library

Boyatzis, R, & Smith, M L. (2019) Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth. Brighton, Massachusettes: Harvard Business Review Press

De Haan, E. (2008) Relational Coaching. Towards Mastering One-To-One Learning. Chichester: Wiley

De Haan, E. (2019) Critical Moments in Executive Coaching. Understanding the Coaching Process through Research and Evidence-Based Theory. Abingdon: Routledge

Morgan, K. (2015) The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering the Twelve Traits That Trap Us. Inspect & Adapt Ltd.

Morgan, K. (2019 ) The Coach’s Survival Guide. London: Open University Press

Iveson, C. George, E. Ratner, H. (2012) Brief Coaching: A Solution Focused Approach (Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge)

Passmore, J. (2020) Leadership Coaching. Working with Leaders to Develop Elite Performance. London: Kogan Page

Starr, J. (2023). Brilliant Coaching. Harlow: Pearson

Strozzi-Heckler, R. (2014) The Art of Somatic Coaching. Embodying Skilful Action, Wisdom and Compassion. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books

Vaughan Smith, J. (2019) Coaching and Trauma. London: Open University Press

Downloads for key documents:

EMCC Competency Framework

EMCC Global Code of Ethics

Glossary for the EMCC Competency Framework

Coaching Alliance Climate change statement

EMCC Diversity and Inclusion statement

BACP Coaching Competency Framework

BACP Coaching Training Curriculum

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