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Bristol, Somerset, BS7

About me

"Thank you to Lucy who has worked with me on my overwhelming feelings and negative thoughts to a place where I can recognise them, name them and choose to stay listening or move towards, accepting that they are there but not taking control of my life. Lucy is a great coach and I have made so much progress in a short number of sessions and without her support I would not be so far forward." Laura Postgraduate. 

Life is not straightforward or easy, and we all go through challenging times at some point. 

We may feel stuck, overwhelmed, or unsure about the 'best' next step.  Even though we want to change, it can feel scary, and our imposter thoughts and feelings get in the way.  We may falter, stagnate, and feel demoralised.  If you can relate to any of these challenges and are ready to make some changes, then I would love to hear from you!  

Hello, I'm Lucy, an accredited Transformational Coach (EMCC, EIA) with a PhD in Clinical Psychology – thanks for reading my profile.  

I work with busy professionals and postgraduates who may be struggling with these issues and want to make some changes.  I use evidence-based models to support my clients to navigate uncertainty, move forward with conviction, and to know what to do when difficult thoughts and feelings show up in the process. 

I am passionate about making psychological knowledge accessible through evidence-based coaching.  I help my clients learn simple techniques to manage the impacts of overwhelm more effectively; use strategies that help them make progress on goals that were once avoided due to fear, self-doubt or imposter feelings.

How I work

I combine science-based approaches from Psychology with Transformational Coaching techniques. My coaching style is compassionate, empathic and supportive (with a helpful dose of challenge) so that you can gradually extend your comfort zone to make longed-for changes a reality.  

Whether you are struggling to progress, suffering from imposter thoughts, overwhelmed by challenges or on the edge of burning out, I can help you to:

  • Re-establish priorities to create more balance and prevent burnout. 
  • Feel more energised and purposeful to achieve goals that matter to you;
  • Learn tools and techniques to improve your psychological wellbeing and build your resilience.
  • Understand your psychology so you can positively manage feelings of overwhelm and stress.
  • Build confidence and perspective to manage challenging situations more effectively. 

I also offer affordable and effective coaching packages for postgraduates.  My psychologically informed coaching packages can help you: 

  • Feel more grounded and in control of your studies.
  • Overcome avoidance and meet deadlines in good time.
  • Reduce procrastination to make progress on your postgraduate studies. 
  • Effectively manage feelings of overwhelm and learn techniques to work with imposter thoughts and feelings.
  • Promote shifts in your mindset to build resilience. 

Finding the 'right' coach for you is really important. 

Please email me to arrange a free 20-minute, no-obligation telephone consultation. You'll find out more about how I can help you and see if we are a good fit to work together. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am passionate about demystifying Psychology, so that you can work out what's getting in your way and become better equipped to meet your potential, harness your strengths and thrive.


EMCC Global Individual Accreditation (EIA) Practitioner.


  • Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching (Animas Centre for Coaching, ICF approved)
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology (Dclin.Psych)
  • BSc Honours in Psychology 


  • Certificates (x2) in Acceptance and Commitment Coaching
  • Certificate in Positive Psychology 


  • Member of the ICF (International Coaching Federation)
  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society 
  • Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science 

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Managing Imposter Syndrome 

Managing Overwhelm

Enhancing wellbeing

Improving resilience 


From £45.00 to £85.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I provide a free 20 minute, no obligation telephone consultation call before any coaching takes place.  This gives us the chance to get to know each other and see if we are a good fit to work together. 

My coaching packages are 6 sessions in length, arranged at a mutually convenient time = £450 (£75 per session). 

I have reduced, more affordable coaching rates for postgraduates:  package of 6 x coaching sessions = £270 (£45 per session).

Please note, I work in a coaching capacity and my coaching sessions do not involve therapy or support for mental health difficulties.

Further information

"I felt as if I was in incredibly safe hands with Lucy. She was flexible and responded immediately to my needs in any coaching session.  Always listening and responding to me in a way to encourage deep reflection, my experience has been totally positive and I would thoroughly recommend coaching with Lucy."  J.B, Teacher. 

Finding the 'right' coach for you is really important.  I offer a free 20 minute, no obligation telephone consultation so you can find out more about how I can help you, and see if we are a good fit to work together.  Whilst I have a psychology background, I work in a coaching capacity and I don't offer therapy or support for mental health difficulties.   

My coaching sessions are all online which means that we are thankfully not limited by our geography!  In my experience, online coaching sessions tend to fit more readily into the client's working day and (helpfully) cuts out any travel times. 

If you are ready to make some changes to benefit your life and want to find out more about my approach then please contact me - it would be great to hear from you. 

Bristol, Somerset, BS7

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