Nick Thorpe - Life Coach & Author

Nick Thorpe - Life Coach & Author

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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@

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an Animas Diploma in Transformational Coaching, which is certified by the Association for Coaching and International Coach Federation, with which I am also carry the professional credential of Associate Certified Coach (ACC). I have also completed a year-long foundation course in process-oriented psychology, and various leadership development training modules with the Mankind Project.

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Other areas of coaching I deal with

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

Photos & videos

  • Nick Thorpe on the Animas Podcast
  • On Meaningful Risk
  • Books by Nick Thorpe
  • Nick Thorpe motivational speaker


A first exploratory consultation call is free. Subsequent hour-long sessions are available for £70 each, or £360 for a block of six when paid in advance.

Further information

Speaking/workshops (

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

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

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

Edinburgh, EH6

Type of session

Online life coaching: Yes
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


A range of weekday appointments available on request, both daytime and some evening; in person or by Skype/phone.