International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring (Feb 2024)

The Experience of an Embodied Metaphor-Based Positive Psychology Coaching Intervention for Transformation and Insight

  • Corri Beadle,
  • Julia Papworth

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 22, no. 1
pp. 109 – 129


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This research investigates an embodied metaphor-based positive psychology coaching intervention created as a method to transform perceptions and generate change. Six participants were recruited to work with the metaphor intervention; data was collected via participant journals and semi-structured interviews, with analysis completed using interpretative phenomenological analysis methodology. Results indicate that this metaphor process led to significant breakthroughs for participants under three themes: meta-position provides rationality and relieves pressure; agency prompts transformation from contractive to expansive energy; and insight is gained about one’s self and situation. This study provides evidence for using metaphor as an effective coaching or positive psychology intervention.