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Positive Psychology Coach

About me

I’m an Association for Coaching-certified coach and positive psychology practitioner with advanced training in psychotherapy and over 20 years’ experience in adult learning and development.   

I’m passionate about helping people gain self-insight, grow, find direction and make changes that feel authentic and sustainable in life, work and entrepreneurship.

I'm an empathic and astute listener who gently challenges your thinking, helps you connect the dots, keeps you on track, and points out your strengths and successes.  I use my knowledge from positive psychology and psychotherapy to help you develop the psycho-emotional insights and skills to live well.

I believe everyone should be able to access support, so I offer coaching fees on a sliding scale:)

Let's start by having a conversation about what you're looking for and whether we're a good fit - there's no charge for an initial consultation.

Book a free initial consultation here.

Curious to know more about me? 

Well, I spent my 20s living all over the world - in Japan, New Zealand, Ecuador, Canada and the US - as an adult educator, adventure leader and journalist.

In my 30s, I founded and directed a language institute for international professionals and academics visiting Scotland and contracted as an assistant professor at Heriot-Watt University while training in psychology, coaching and counselling.

These days, I'm working towards BACP-accreditation in pluralistic psychotherapy while coaching and teaching at the Good Life School in Edinburgh, which I founded in early 2020 to help people develop psycho-emotional understanding and support them through change and challenge.

I love skiing, hiking and camping, and have done some amazing treks in places like the Andes, Iceland and the Dolomites!  I’m a massive reader and lifelong learner and I enjoy singing, film and performance.  

As a personality, I'm dynamic, animated and humorous, reflective, thoughtful and sensitive.   Get in touch for a chat to see for yourself!

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc Pluralistic Counselling (current)
  • PG Cert Applied Positive Psychology
  • Association for Coaching Advanced Coaching Certificate
  • MSc Social Research (with Sociology)
  • MSc Social Anthropology
  • BA (Hons) Film and Literature


Member organisations


Association for Coaching (AC)

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Other areas of coaching I deal with

Key areas of interest: mental health and wellbeing, emotional literacy, depression and anxiety, work/life balance, fulfilment, flourishing, self actualisation, living in alignment with core self, values-driven entrepreneurship, sustainable personal change, self-value, self-belief, self-acceptance

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From £30.00 to £80.00
Free initial online session

Additional information

Free Initial Consultation - book here

I offer a sliding scale of fees because I want my clients to choose what they can afford instead of worrying about over-stretching.  

My approach is based on a pay-it-forward philosophy: give what you can, take what you need.  Those who can afford more make it possible for me to offer reduced rates to those who can afford less.  

I won't ask you to disclose your income or justify the rate you choose.  You can use this fee scale as a guide:

Lower income - £30-40 per hour

Moderate income - £45-60 per hour

Higher income - £65-80 per hour

When I work

By arrangement, Monday to Friday 8.30am-6.00pm.

Further information

Client Testimonials:

"It has truly changed my life. I wish I had known Lorna 10 years ago but it’s never too late to make positive changes" - John

"Lorna’s depth of understanding of the human mind and her uplifting personality make her such a joy to work and grow with" - Rachel

"Lorna has a great ability to help you see the wood for the trees and get going on finding the solutions you need" - Geraldine

"I honestly can't emphasise enough how transformative and wonderful this was…. A brave, open and constructive space" - Kat

Good Life School, At Tribe Porty, 19 Windsor Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH15 2AJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client


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