Margaret Yates

Margaret Yates

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Kingston Upon Thames

07477 589832

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Kingston Upon Thames

07477 589832

About me

It may not have been your choice to start the divorce process; however, you can choose how you approach it. You can choose to plan your decisions rather than feel you are are being forced into a situation that’s out of control.

Having survived an acrimonious divorce myself, I trained as a legal executive, specialising in family law, with the express thought of giving my clients the emotional support and practical help which was not available to me and yet I so needed at the time.

I became more focussed on the emotional and practical side of the process and trained as life coach and master NLP practitioner.  Although I now no longer practise family law, I use my legal background and knowledge to de-mystify the legal process and organise paperwork, complementing the solicitor’s expertise and service.

I founded Zen Divorce Coaching to provide a safe, confidential space for to those who are thinking about divorce, in the middle of it, or who have just come through it. As well as emotional support, I provide tools and exercises for clients to learn how to keep calm, get clear on their objectives; value themselves and re-build their confidence; get back in control of their situation and construct a new life after divorce.

Divorce is not a failure. It's another chapter or phase of your life if you like. As one phase ends, another one starts and do you know what's so exciting about that? You can make it just how you want it to be.

Here's how I can help you:

  • A safe, non-judgmental space in which you can openly discuss your feelings.
  • Emotional help and practical support at each stage of the divorce process, complementing your solicitor’s service and expertise.
  • Get clear on your objectives and devise a plan for your new life after divorce.
  • Guidance and strategies to help you remain credible in your communications.
  • Manage and de-mystify the maze of paperwork.
  • Techniques that enable you to respond to provocation with integrity
  • Lessen the impact of divorce on your children
  • Make informed decisions and choices, rather than feeling you’ve been forced into it.


“I have come away from my sessions with Margaret a much more positive person. I have learned to cope better with my stressful situations and I'm beginning to value myself again. Although I still have difficult moments at times, I've learned from my sessions with Margaret to deal with them in a more positive and productive way. I would highly recommend Margaret as a life coach. She is very caring, calming, sincere person who can also ask the difficult questions too!” Janet, Buckinghamshire

"I was lucky enough to meet Margaret at a business networking event. I had been separated from my husband for years and wanted to get divorced so I could move on with my life. I had tried to deal with the divorce petition myself, but it had been returned by the Court because I hadn’t completed it correctly. I was really stressed and trying to find out which bits I needed to sort out was a nightmare.   Then I met Margaret. What a relief that was! She guided me through the maze of paperwork, corrected the sections that I had got wrong, made sure I had everything I needed to send the documents off to the court again. As I hadn’t been in contact with my husband since he left me over five years ago and wasn’t sure I had the right address for him, she went through the options that I might have to take if he didn’t acknowledge the petition. It was such a relief to know that I had Margaret to help me and she's guided me through the whole process. We’ve just made the application for Decree Absolute and I’ll soon be free and able to move on.   I would absolutely recommend Margaret. She’s warm, friendly and helpful and knows her stuff". Jenny, South-west London

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Personal Transformation Coaching Programme approved by the International Coaching Federation, Association for Coaching and Complementary Therapists Association - Animas Centre for Coaching
Group Coach and Facilitator - Animas Centre for Coaching
Coach Mentor at Animas Centre for Coaching

Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - NLP Life Training

Committed to Continuing Professional Development (Coaching, NLP)

Other areas of coaching I deal with

  • Building Confidence and Self-esteem
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Managing time effectively to suit your lifestyle and support you
  • Planning and moving into the next phase of your life
  • Get unstuck and breakthroughs
  • Balancing your lifestyle to suit you
  • Small Business Coaching
  • New direction


You are unique and it doesn't matter what stage you're at. What really matters is that you have set your intention to take action to start creating a new life for yourself. You just don't know where to begin - and that's ok.

The strategies, tools and techniques I use will enable you to get back in the driving seat again and move forward positively and purposefully to create the next phase of your life.

Do get in touch to arrange a complementary session and we'll work out together the best way to support you. It's important to me that we are a good match and that I am the right person to help you. If we find out that you need something else, that's fine. What I want is for you to get the best possible help.

Coaching with me can range from a one-off session of 1-3 hours to a package that offers continual support.

So whether you choose a one off session to get you back on track, or ongoing support, we can tailor coaching to suit you.

Kingston Upon Thames, KT2

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


Day, evening and weekend sessions

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