Debra Thorpe MNCP

Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 07779 469290 07779 469290
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15
07779 469290 07779 469290

About me

Debra Thorpe MNCP

Please watch my 90 second video below for an overview of what coaching is about.

I offer a number of programmes: Winning Women Life Coaching (to address a broad spectrum of issues), Dating Confidence, and Moving Forwards after Divorce or Relationship Breakdown. I also offer hypnotherapy and NLP to deal with phobias, smoking cessation, weight loss mindset etc.

I am collaborating with Select Personal Introductions as their in-house dating coach, and with Maple Dental in Sale, Manchester to help patients with needle and dentist phobias.

My clients are almost exclusively women, of all ages, who are often at a transition point or facing a significant life change. Or they are feeling 'stuck', lacking motivation and direction. Often a fear or phobia can be holding them back in life or they want support to reduce anxiety and increase confidence.  Does this resonate with you?

Perhaps you know you want a richer life experience but there are so many demands on your time and attention that what you want from life often languishes at the bottom of your To Do list.

When did someone last listen to your needs, your struggles, your dreams, your aspirations - I mean really listen, in a non-judgmental way? Is there someone in your life who helps you clarify your thoughts, discover your gifts, notices your strengths and helps you to the destination you truly desire in life, without personal agenda? If not, I can help you to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be, to get forward-focussed, seeing possibilities to make the changes you want to see. I'll partner with you, be your cheerleader, and I'll also challenge your thinking and hold you accountable.

I can help you if you:

  • find yourself with children now grown or needing less of your time and you're unsure what to do next
  • have a life-limiting phobia, or a fear that's inconvenient and restrictive
  • are in a job that isn't making you leap out of bed on a Monday morning
  • are already dynamic and in control of your life but want to focus on the next stage
  • need support to face the future after divorce or relationship breakdown
  • want to stop smoking or lose weight
  • have an idea for how to move your life forwards but need to move from contemplation to action
  • want to return to work outside the home but don't know where to start
  • are feeling flat and without direction, that life is passing you by
  • want a richer, more fulfilling life experience but lack clarity of vision and how to create it
  • need an injection of confidence
  • feel you lack identity after committing yourself to family responsibilities
  • are single and not loving it but the dating world is new and alien
  • are part of the sandwich generation, your needs squashed between those of ageing parents and still-dependent children

Please do get in touch for a free 30 minute discovery session for us to chat about what you want to achieve from coaching and to see if we are the right fit to work together.

Is it time for change for you?

Training, qualifications & experience

I'm a professional transformational coach holding a Diploma in Performance Coaching with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists. I've also studied psychology at degree level and completed The Breakthrough System training programme with the (Anthony) Robbins-Madanes Training Centre. I've mentored secondary school students and I'm a 'Firework' trained career transition coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation. I have undertaken further training in NLP and hypnotherapy with world-renowned coach, NLP specialist and hypnotherapist, Ali Campbell who is currently my mentor.

After being widowed over 20 years ago I've brought up 2 now-adult children. I've done that sometimes confusing and scary dating thing in later life where all the rules seem to have changed and no-one tipped you off. I've successfully transitioned from one career to another and I've enjoyed travelling abroad alone many times, often to acquire new skills such as learning a language, photography and sailing.

With a career spanning many years in Human Resource Management I've observed at close hand a range of often challenging, surprising, but always interesting human behaviour. This followed a portfolio career encompassing self-employment in a creative field including TV presenting, interior design, tutoring and consulting in decorative paint effects.

Do I have life sewn up? Do I have all the answers? No, absolutely not! Of course there are times when life throws me a curveball and things go a bit pear-shaped. But what I do have are the tools to help me recognise what I'm experiencing and to work my way through the challenges. I can help you too.

Member organisations


The National Council of Psychotherapists

National Council of Psychotherapists

Other areas of coaching I deal with

  • phobia therapy
  • hypnotherapy
  • smoking cessation
  • confidence
  • anxiety
  • moving forwards after divorce or relationship breakdown
  • dating confidence
  • dating profile support

Photos & videos


I offer a number of services including life coaching, phobia therapy and hypnotherapy. Please visit my website for details.

Further information

We can work together face-to-face in Hale (WA15) or via Skype.


Thank you SO much for all your patience and help over the past couple of months. You've really made a big difference to my wellbeing. Thanks for being awesome and keeping me awesome!

It been around 6 years since I developed my fear. It’s lead to panic attacks and anxiety, which has caused me to cancel plans and avoid going out with friends amongst many other things. When a friend suggested I speak to Debra, I was definitely skeptical at first as I thought I was beyond help and thought it was too good to be true. I had my session with Debra on a Monday, and on the Wednesday, I was able to go out for drinks with friends without any worry or fear, which is something I haven’t been able to do for a long time! So, thank you Debra, for giving me my life back!

I have enjoyed it immensely - it was like having a new very wise best friend to listen and chat about me. The sessions did make me realise how little time I actually spend focussing on myself and considering matters. You have helped to show me the way by breaking things down and looking at specific areas I need to focus on, and an ingenious method of neutralising certain awkward moments. In the last few years I have understood the importance of balance in my life and your work, I feel, is so much connected to that. What do they say - 'it's good to talk'. It's been invaluable!

I went to see Debra for help with a needle phobia, which I have had for many years. As I need to be able to do finger tip blood testing as part of my job, this was something that I needed to now overcome. She set me at ease straight away and asked me some relevant questions before we started the session. She was flexible with her approach and used a couple of different techniques with me, to find what would work best. I felt very relaxed and although I am not sure how it works I have subsequently been able to do blood testing on friends and family...including Debra! I would highly recommend this non invasive therapy and Debra’s calm and positive approach.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started coaching with Debra. She helped me identify some key areas to focus on and encouraged me to give further thought outside our sessions. Just by 'allowing' myself some timeout to think about these very important issues has made a huge difference as I have begun to realise they were actually holding me back.

Debra provided just the right environment for this type of self development, she was warm and friendly and very professional throughout. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to others.

I really didn't know what to expect from our coaching sessions and I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about it! However you immediately made me feel at ease and I quickly realised this was something that could help me. You made me question myself and managed to get me to voice and admit things to myself that I suppose I always knew were there but hadn't previously felt able to face up to. More importantly to realise that there was something I could do to improve my situation.

I'm very hard on myself ... but with your kind words you have made me look at my achievements rather than the failures, so thank you for that! In the last session we discussed many ways in which to enrich my life and I have already started to look into a few of these, so watch this space! Thank you so much, Debra.


Type of session

Online life coaching
Telephone life coaching
Face to face life coaching
Home visits

Practical details

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I am able to offer some evening and Saturday morning appointments as well as during the daytime.


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