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About me

“His insight and humanity, together with an honest lack of certainty, make him a companionable guide.” Sunday Express (reviewing Adrift in Caledonia, serialised as BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week)

"I hadn’t expected to laugh so much, alongside the tears... I have really appreciated Nick's energy and enthusiasm." RT, client, Edinburgh

At a time in my life when I felt personally and professionally stuck, a conversation with a life coach helped me radically to rethink my approach and set me on the liberating journey described in my book Urban Worrier: Adventures in the Lost Art of Letting Go.

A decade later I'm passionate about coaching as a powerful agent of change, both for the wonderful clients I meet in my personal practice, and students at Animas Coaching Scotland, where I am trainer.

I have particular experience in:

  • life-stage or career transition
  • parenting & adoption
  • men’s issues & fatherhood
  • writing and the creative process
  • spiritual searching

Whether you’re struggling with work or relationship issues, feeling trapped in old habits or patterns, affected by loss or change, or seeking to deepen your enjoyment of life, we will explore your particular needs and goals together in a time-frame that works for you.

Sessions are either in person in Edinburgh EH6 (outdoor walking sessions are also available), or online using Skype or similar technology from anywhere in the world. Anything we share is confidential.

COACHING TESTIMONIALS: “A powerful experience” / "Insightful, intuitive, personable & warm" / “Really liberating insights” / “A deeply affirming experience” / “Positive steps in changing my working world” / MORE@ www.nickthorpe.co.uk/coaching/testimonials

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF) with more than 600 hours of coaching experience. I have an ICF-accredited diploma in Transformational Coaching, and an EMCC/ICF-accredited Diploma in Coaching Supervision. I have also completed a year-long foundation course in process-oriented psychology, and various leadership development training modules with the Mankind Project.

Member organisations


UK International Coach Federation

The International Coach Federation is the professional association for personal and business coaches worldwide.

Coaches can become accredited by the ICF, who have three grades of membership: Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Master Certified Coach (MCC), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Master Certified Coach's have achieved a substantial level of training and experience.

Members of ICF are accountable to a professional code of ethics.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Adoption, Fatherhood, Home-schooling, Creativity, Writer's block, Masculinity, Men's Issues, Rite of passage

Photos & videos


From £60.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

A 20-minute consultation call is free. Hour-long sessions are £70 each, or £360 for a block of six paid in advance.  


For availability and booking, check my online calendar at: https://calendly.com/nickthorpe

Further information

Speaking/workshops (www.nickthorpe.co.uk/events/speaker-testimonials)

Combining stories from my adventures with personal development opportunities, my motivational talks and workshops have proved popular with audiences ranging from third sector & corporate teams to book festival crowds and a 1000-strong TEDx conference (see www.nickthorpe.co.uk/events)

I also have many years of experience working in schools, where my nautical adventures to Easter Island - chronicled in Eight Men and a Duck - form the basis for motivational talks or creative writing workshops with pupils aged 9-18. (see www.nickthorpe.co.uk/schools)

Books (www.nickthorpe.co.uk/books)

Urban Worrier: Adventures in the Lost Art of Letting Go (Abacus, 2012) “Thorpe’s epiphany is profound and affecting... utterly life-affirming.” The Scotsman

Adrift in Caledonia: Boat-hitching for the Unenlightened (Abacus, 2007) “A lovely, humorous, fluid book that anchors itself in the heart” The Times

Eight Men and a Duck: An Improbable Voyage to Easter Island (Abacus, 2003) “A most extraordinary story” – Libby Purves, BBC Radio 4 Midweek


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a life coach's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the life coach to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


In coaching supervision I provide a safe space for your in-depth reflection on your practice and wellbeing as a coach. 

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Nick Thorpe - Coach, Supervisor, Author

Nick Thorpe - Coach, Supervisor, Author