“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 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.
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.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Adoption, Fatherhood, Home-schooling, Creativity, Writer's block, Masculinity, Men's Issues, Rite of passage
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.
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)
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