Welcome to Dérive Life Coaching. I’m so glad you’ve landed on my site and hope you will take some time to read on.

I want to tell you a bit about life coaching – what it can do and what’s unique about my approach.

Transformational life coaching is a time-limited, future-focused and fairly structured relationship between coach and coachee which creatively uses perspectives and tools to remove blocks, renegotiate boundaries, gain clarity, manage change and enhance creativity, to name a few dilemmas I’ve worked with.

What’s different about my approach? Well, to begin with, I don’t make big promises. For me, change is possible, but it is hard work and we have to acknowledge the very real limitations we find ourselves in – if we don’t, we just end up feeling like we aren’t good enough.

What else? I’m an integrative coach, which means I’m not bound by any one perspective or a set programme; every client relationship is bespoke. For those familiar with coaching, I’ve used CBT, NLP, humanistic/existential, transactional analysis, attachment, narrative, positive psychology methods in my coaching and am dedicated to ongoing professional development.

I’ve had a lot of life, educational and professional experience, so I’m open-minded and accepting of whatever goals or aspirations you want to achieve. I don’t believe there is one right way of being human; the point is (hopefully) to be authentically and courageously you, whether that means being honest about the compromises we end up making or striving for something more.

If you feel you’d like to give coaching a try, I offer a free one-hour consultation to talk about what has brought you to coaching and to get a flavour of what it is like. Click on this link to book your session.


About me


My professional background began as an artist (I still draw and paint) and all-round cultural experimenter. I then studied philosophy, social theory and urban studies all the way to PhD level.

I worked for fifteen years as a social science academic and ethnographic researcher, publishing books on nightlife and social exclusion in cities. I then worked in journalism and communications, specialising in thought leadership. Now, I'm an editor, and write articles and books alongside my coaching practice. In my professional journey, I have mentored many students, artists and writers along the way.

I hold a Diploma in Integrative Transformational Coaching with Animas, a Diploma in Counselling Skills and a Certificate in Positive Psychology. I draw on a wide range of resources in my coaching, from philosophy and psychology to film and literature. I have a countercultural history, which has influenced how I think about the world. I read a lot. I’m well-versed in the dilemmas for those experiencing chronic illness.



Creativity Coaching

I work with creatives on issues such as removing creative blocks, confidence and enhancing creative output and can work with anyone seeking ways to be more creative in their life and work.

Managing life and work with a chronic illness

Everything changes when you have a chronic illness. I help you to reflect on your best way to manage work and life as well as the emotional blocks standing in the way of you achieving a good balance. This process holds many lessons for life/work balance in general.


How I work

If you are interested in finding out about life coaching with me, please get in touch below or book your introductory session via this link. Currently I am only working remotely, which means I will see you over Zoom or FaceTime (or whatever platform you prefer).

Each session is an hour long, and if we decide to work together we can schedule these weekly or every two weeks to begin with.

I offer a free one hour coaching session to begin with, so that you can experience coaching and to see if we are a good fit.

Sessions are between £50 to £90, depending on your income. Sessions are paid for in advance, and you can either pay for single sessions or a block booking.

We will tend to work together for anything from three to twelve sessions, and possibly occasional accountability sessions after this.




When I first reached out to Deborah I was exploring a new approach to my private practice and I was curious about accessing coaching support along the way.  I am so glad I did.  Meeting with Deborah brought such inspiration and vitality which has given me a clearer sense of direction in my private practice. Coaching sessions helped me become more aware of self-limiting beliefs and tended to my challenges and creative blocks, offering new ways of seeing and being in the world.

I love the space for spontaneity and laughter that Deborah holds. It was great to be able to feel free to express a range of emotions and have fun too, while working on overall goals as well as matters of the moment. The creative explorations and tasks offered, gave me opportunities to challenge myself and try new things, inspiring me to take action between coaching sessions. 

What I really valued was the way Deborah acknowledged both what I was saying with my words and body (posture and gestures). I had mentioned to her that I find it helpful to process things with my body and movement, something I encourage clients to do in my private practice.  After sessions I’d get up and move spontaneously, giving space for new insights to shift how I hold things in my body too and uncovering further insights.  I am so grateful that there was space for this to be supported and incorporated in reflections between coaching sessions. 

I would highly recommend working with Deborah.  I am so grateful for the incredibly valuable opportunities of shift and momentum Deborah offered to the stuckness and resistance I was experiencing.  Working with her has helped me notice parts of me and the world that I’d not paid attention to before and I know and my life and private practice are much richer for it.

Katie, Psychotherapist


Frequently Asked Questions


What makes a good life coach?

For me, being a good life coach means developing an empathetic and trusting working relationship with you, the client, and to work hard to evolve the right coaching approach for your needs.

What is the difference between life coaching and counselling?

Counselling tends to focus more on resolving past influences. While coaching does delve into the past in so far as it remains influential, it is more focused on addressing issues in the present and planning for the future.

Coaching is also more likely to be short term, and be more direct and action focused, using tools to not just understand but remove blocks, inculcate a different mindset, and instigate change.

Will life coaching solve my problems?

Life coaching is a partnership between coach and client. It is as much your responsibility to do the work to develop self-awareness and create change as it is the coach’s responsibility to do their job well.

Many coaches charge £120 or more per session. Why are you cheaper?

I am currently working towards ICF accreditation and it is normal to reduce prices. I also want to make the transformational benefits of life coaching accessible to those on lower or average incomes.

Do you offer pro bono coaching?

In recognition of the fact that many people desperately need support but may have no income, I can take on one low fee client at a time. If that space is occupied, I can put you on a waiting list.

What happens if I can’t make a session I have booked?

I will need 48 hours’ notice to cancel or rearrange a session (rearranging a session depends on availability), otherwise you will still be liable for your fee. I will make an exception for one-off emergencies.

Contact me

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