About me

I'm an AC-qualified coach and positive psychology practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in adult education, coaching and outdoor leadership.

I'm passionate about helping people gain self-insight, grow, find direction and make changes that feel authentic and sustainable.  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 I'm the right 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 English teacher, adventure leader and journalist.

In my 30s, I founded and directed a language institute for international professionals and academics visiting Scotland before transitioning into coaching and psycho-social education.

Now in my 40s, I am doing a postgraduate degree (my fourth!) in counselling, and in early 2020 I founded the Good Life School in Edinburgh, helping curious minds and questioning souls do the learning, connecting and reflecting we need to figure out what a life well-lived means to each of us.

I especially 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 big into film (my undergrad was Film & Literature).

You're probably wondering what I'm like as a person - I'm dynamic, animated and humorous, reflective, thoughtful and sensitive.  As a coach, I'm an empathic and astute listener who challenges your thinking, helps you connect the dots, keeps you on track, and helps you realise just how much you have going for you:)

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Coaching Certificate (Association for Coaching)
  • Postgraduate Certificate Positive Psychology
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • MSc Counselling (current)
  • MSc Social Anthropology
  • MSc Social Research (with Sociology)


Member organisations


Association for Coaching

The Association for Coaching is one of the leading professional bodies for Coaches and Organisations.

The Association is made up of a number of different membership categories, e.g. Associate Member (AMAC), Member (MAC), Accredited Member (AC Accred), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Accredited Members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

The Association has a Code of Ethics & Good Practice and a Complaints Procedure.

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

Photos & videos


Additional information

Free Initial Consultation - book here

Let's chat to get to know each other, ask questions and see if you'd like to work with me:)

Coaching Prices

I offer a sliding scale of fees because I want my clients to choose what they can afford instead of worrying about over-stretching.  That way, we can have a wholehearted human connection rather than a provider-consumer interaction and can get on with the transformative process of coaching:)

Full waged – £65/hour
Moderate waged – £49/hour
Low waged – £37/hour


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

Further information

Client Testimonials:

"Working with Lorna has made such a big difference to my life. My stress levels are lower, work takes up less of my headspace, and I have much more time for the stuff that matters. Friends have even said they can see the difference.  Lorna has a great ability to help you see the wood for the trees and get going on finding the solutions you need. It is great to have someone who can help you see things in a different light, or point you to where you might find your own solutions" - Geraldine

"Before I started working with Lorna I was feeling overwhelmed and stuck with my new business venture. I knew where I wanted to be going but just didn’t feel confident or clear about it. And then I started working with Lorna and I’ve never looked back since. Could not recommend her coaching services enough as she has helped give me the confidence to really start trusting in my dreams. To have somebody to listen to you and then remind you of what your goals are when you first started was invaluable. She kept me on track and helped me to achieve so much in a short space of time" - Joanna

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

Type of session

In person
Lorna Lythgoe

Lorna Lythgoe