Julia Gutgsell - Yellow Wood Coaching

Julia Gutgsell - Yellow Wood Coaching


07512 263361

About me

I am Julia, I am a transition coach and the owner of Yellow Wood Coaching. Thanks for exploring my profile!

As a transition coach, I help busy individuals press pause and create space for newness to emerge. We all go through life transitions on a regular basis, yet we rarely take the time to sit still, reflect and prepare for these transitions.

Let me help you take a pause and create the future you truly want.

I offer 1:2:1 coaching session in persons, as well as coaching sessions via teleconference/phone. Most of my sessions take place outdoors and utilise nature's ability to foster creativity, reflection, problem-solving, emotional well-being.

Change can feel scary and overwhelming, having someone on your side whose entire focus rests on helping you to maximise your opportunities and minimise challenges can provide the necessary support and encouragement to think outside the box and dream big.

Some examples of transitions I have assisted people with in the past are:

  • Leaving unhealthy relationships/ building healthy relationships
  • Moving abroad and expat life
  • Young people (leaving parental home, starting university, first job)
  • Employment (finding a job that matches values, being self-employed, changing careers)
  • Making a multi-passionate life work

If your transition isn't listed here, don't worry, I can probably still help! Just get in touch to discuss.


Julia is a very insightful and encouraging coach. She has listened carefully and considerately to my thoughts about my business and how I'd like to go forward to expand and develop. She has challenged any thoughts that may pop up and helped to drill down to find out what they may mean and the possible barriers they may produce. She is highly professional with a clear understanding of me as her client and allowed me to become much more solution focused and to use my time more wisely. Thank you, Julia.

Karl Macrae

Julia is an amazing coach! Before starting I thought she was going to give me the answer to my problems. Instead, she made me think about my own questions, she taught me to divide big tasks into small ones, to see the positive outcome I would get from those nasty tasks you have to do, to look inside me to find out what I really want. She also gave me some other tools that could help me after the sessions. I went from anxiety and depression to being able to get out and ask for help, do things and be social and self-sufficient. I can't be grateful enough.


Julia is working with me to help me achieve my personal life goals. She has the skills and temperament to bring out what you feel you need to improve your life, no matter how scary this might be! Working with Julia, I am able to look forward to the next stage of my life and the potential it has to offer. Thank you Julia for everything so far, I am really enjoying the journey.


Training, qualifications & experience

From an early age, I held a deep curiosity and fascination for people, the way they lived, the opportunities they had and the choices they made. My interest in human nature and psychology first led me to study Criminology. It was during my studies that my passion for supporting people to achieve positive transformational change first originated.

Before working as a coach, I worked as a support worker for several not-for-profit organisations and public services. I assisted individuals in life transitions ranging from rough sleeping and homelessness to housing (Streetwork), leaving and re-building lives after domestic abuse (Women’s Aid; Abused Men in Scotland) and preparing long-term female prisoners for release (SPS Cornton Vale). Additionally, I have spent the last three years researching, writing and teaching about high-control groups, commonly known as cults.

I completed my coaching training (Certificate in Professional Coaching Practice) with Full Circle in Edinburgh, in 2018.

I have also undertaken advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with the Centre of Therapy. While CBT does influence my work, please note that I am not a qualified therapist and do not offer therapy services.

Formal qualifications:

  • MSc in Criminology (Free University of Brussels)
  • BSc in Criminology (Free University of Brussels)
  • Certificate of Professional Coaching Practice (Full Circle Edinburgh)

Other areas of coaching I deal with

I offer coaching to university students, around time management, study skills and exploring career ideas and prospects

I offer coaching to expats and anyone relocating to a new city or country

I offer coaching for people who are multi-passionate (have a multitude of interests)


Free initial consultation call (15 min)

Outdoor coaching session (60 min) £60

Online/phone coaching session (60 min) £60

Intensive coaching session (4 hours + 2 hours follow up session) £250

Further information

These are some of my values that guide me as a person and a coach. I hope they allow you to get a better sense of who I am and whether we might be a good match for working together.


Creativity is all about seeing the everyday in new ways. To achieve transformational change, we need to think and do things differently. After all, if nothing changes, nothing changes.


Curiosity helps us to discover more about ourselves, lead healthier and more satisfying relationships with ourselves and others and provides the key to creativity and innovation. Coaching sessions with me will support you in looking at everyday life from a fresh perspective and an attitude of curiosity.


One of the key reasons why people struggle to make changes, is because change feels scary. We are creatures of habit. Familiarity and certainty feel safe, this holds true even when the situation we find ourselves in isn’t healthy or doesn’t make us feel fulfilled. Courage helps us to overcome this fear and the good news is that courage is like a muscle, it becomes stronger the more we use and practice it.


Honesty in coaching enables conversations that are focused on the heart of the matter. Honesty requires a willingness to lean into discomfort and to embrace vulnerability.


Simplicity is harmony. Simplicity helps us to see what is essential and to limit or eliminate the things in life that lead to stress, costs or wasted time. Coaching sessions with me will help you to focus on what really matters to you to achieve more balance and harmony.

Lifelong learning

A big part of being a coach is to engage in personal development and ongoing learning. I continuously strive to improve upon the value I offer clients. I do this through attending regular training events, supervision, having personal coaching, as well as engaging with research and client feedback.

Edinburgh, EH3

Type of session

Online life coaching: Yes
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Evening sessions and weekend sessions are available upon request.