What happens in a coaching session and why does it work? As the only coaching text available to take this perspective, Coaching Understood does so by building an understanding of how all the basic elements present in the coaching interaction work and exposes the mystery underlying coaching's success as a personal and professional development intervention. Each element of the coaching encounter is examined in detail to verify and justify its effectiveness as part of the coaching process. Evidence based and well referenced, Coaching Understood draws primarily on research and theory from the fields of philosophy, cognitive and humanistic psychology, neuroscience, education and management. Written in a straightforward style it provides a thorough exposition of relevant background theory and research. This book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students encountering coaching and mentoring as part of their studies or as an area to be explored later on in working life.