Change is hard. It may seem odd to start a coaching conversation with this observation, since life coaching is awash with positivity. But we should acknowledge reality. Change is hard. Anyone who wants to make a change often finds themselves blocked, stuck, repeating the same old habits, and not knowing why. It can be incredibly frustrating.

This is where coaching can help. Transformational coaching is a relationship between coach and coachee which aims to explore these feelings of stuckness. At a bare minimum, a person can come away from a period of coaching with new insights or clarity. Sometimes we can go further, and establish new patterns or even a 180 degree pivot.


How I work

As a coach, I don’t have a specific specialism and I don’t work with set programmes. I work with a client for a period of time - anything from three to 12 sessions, often alongside or after therapy. The coachee is in control from start to finish. My role is to ask questions, challenge, and help the individual acquire the self-knowledge and psychosocial awareness to move forward.

My coaching is informed by a person-centred approach. I am influenced by existentialism, transactional analysis and narrative coaching perspectives. I hold a Diploma in Transformational Coaching from Animas, a Diploma in Counselling, and a Certificate in Positive Psychology. I am working towards ICF accreditation, and engage in ongoing professional development and supervision.

For many years I worked as an academic, mentoring students to achieve their best. Since that time, I have mentored many individuals in thought leadership. I am a journalist and writer, and sometimes pen my thoughts on some aspect of life coaching!


A client's story

“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 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."


Other testimonials


I would like to say a big thank you to Deborah. Working with her as a trainee coach myself over the past five weeks has been very productive and inspiring. She helped me to further reflect on my life, gain further clarity as well as visualise my own future goals on a step by step basis. I would definitely recommend her to potential clients. Thanks for all your help Deborah, you're awesome!

Fajah, trainee coach and mum

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