Lorna Lythgoe

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Positive Psychology Coach & Psychotherapist(MBACP, MSc, MAC)
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Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH15 2AJ
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Getting Started...

Book a video call to get to know each other.  It lasts 20 minutes or so and there’s no charge.

Book a free initial consultation here.

We’ll talk about what’s going on for you and what you feel you need, and answer your questions about how we’d work together towards making positive life changes and healing what’s gone before.

After that, you decide if you’d like to go ahead and arrange our first session.

About Lorna

I’m a BACP qualified pluralistic psychotherapist and an Association for Coaching (MAC) certified life coach with specialised training in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP).

I help you explore and process difficult experiences and support you in building a more satisfying life that fits who you are.

I work eclectically with people in various areas of life, including career changes, neurodivergence, developing confidence and self-worth, finding meaning and direction, stress, low mood and relationships.

I integrate a broad range of approaches from the psychodynamic, humanistic, CBT and somatic therapeutic orientations and blend these with positive psychology, coaching psychology and neuroscience.

I also draw from my academic training in sociology and anthropology to help clients consider their lives in their broader contexts and as parts of social and political systems.

I’m warm, dynamic and authentic, and bring both empathy and humour.

Curious to know more? 

I haven’t always been a therapist and coach.

I began adulthood with a desire to go everywhere, learn everything and experience life completely. I delved into human expression, politics, culture and psychology with a degree in Film and Literature and two Master’s in Anthropology and Sociology. I also trained to be a journalist and adult educator.

In my 20s, I spent summers as an outdoor guide and instructor in Europe and the US, several years as an English teacher and journalist in Japan, New Zealand and Canada, and months solo backpacking across Latin America and SE Asia.

In my 30s, I founded an educational business and started teaching at universities while training in psychology, coaching and psychotherapy, gradually shifting my career.

These days, I'm teaching at Aberdeen University while seeing therapeutic coaching clients at the Good Life School in Edinburgh, which I founded to help support people 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.  

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc Pluralistic Counselling
  • MSc Social Research with Sociology
  • MSc Social Anthropology
  • PG Cert Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP)
  • Advanced Coaching (Association for Coaching)
  • COSCA Counselling Skills


Member organisations

Association for Coaching (AC)

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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

I’ve helped clients with…

  • developing confidence and self-worth
  • career changes and values-driven entrepreneurship
  • ADHD
  • LGBTQ+ experiences
  • anxiety
  • sadness and depression
  • stress and burnout
  • relationships and sex
  • friendship problems and loneliness
  • finding meaning and direction
  • facing change and loss
  • family dynamics
  • childhood experiences and trauma
  • addiction
  • long-covid/chronic fatigue
  • exploring existential questions
  • coping with university pressures

My key areas of interest:

  • mental health and wellbeing
  • emotional literacy
  • work/life balance
  • fulfilment/flourishing/self actualisation
  • living in alignment with core self
  • meaningful work
  • sustainable personal change
  • self-value/self-belief/self-acceptance

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£60.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

Free Initial Consultation - book here

£60 per hour

(Concessions available for low income clients, depending on availability - talk to me about it)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

By arrangement:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am-6.00pm

Wednesday 3pm-8.30pm

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, 19 Windsor Place, Portobello, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH15 2AJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

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Online platforms

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Lorna Lythgoe
Lorna Lythgoe