Listed below are coaching books that have influenced my development as a practitioner, student and individual.
Bridges, W. (2001) The Way of Transition: Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments
Comment: Bridges writes a very eloquent and moving story of his own transition after the death of his wife and his own experience from the darkness of his grief.
Bridges, W. (2001 reprinted) Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes
Comment: Bridges classic book presents a logical and simple model of transitions (Endings, The Neutral Zone and The New Beginning). He explains how each change in our lives brings up both opportunities and turmoil and this is a guide to handling them better.
Rossetti, L. (2015) Women and Transition: Reinventing Work and Life
Comment: Rossetti’s own transition sparked her interest in researching the transition experiences of 300 women that are scattered throughout the book and a road-map for navigating transitions.
Schlossberg, N. K. (1989) Overwhelmed: Coping with Life’s Ups and Downs
Comment: Schlossberg is an authority in the field of transitions and has written numerous books and journal articles. Using case studies to explore the many transitions that may occur during the life-span, Schlossberg provides a method for coping and making sense of the various transitions. While not a substitute for seeking professional help may help to establish whether professional help is needed.
Spencer, S. A., & Adams, J. D. (2002) Life Changes: A Guide to the Seven Stages of Personal Growth
Comment: Spencer & Sabina offer a model of transitions, practical skills to help you through a transition and a comprehensive self-assessment tool to measure the skills required to make a positive impact on transition.