Solution-Focused Practitioner

“SIMPLY going beyond” speaks of a journey to go beyond to

develop the best version of yourself as simply as possible

Solution-Focused Coaching with Debra Thurtell

Solution-Focused Coaching is defined as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process using a Solution-Focused Brief approach to bring clients from where they are to where they want to be. It is forward looking, with the focus on future desired hopes, goals, dreams and visions, and designing actionable strategies for achieving these in one’s professional and personal life. It has also proven to be a coaching approach that helps the clients achieve a positive outcome in a shorter amount of time.

ICF PCC Credential member ID: 009064825I (2019 – 2025)

EMCC Accredited Coach at Senior Practitioner Level EIA20220302 (coaching and mentoring 2022 – 2027)

EMCC ESIA  Coach Supervisor ESIA2023003 (2023 – 2028)

EMCC ITCA Team Coach at Practioner Level (2023 – 2028)


Leadership, Individual employee and Team Coaching 

Co-creating a coaching culture within organizations combining  Solution-Focused Brief Framework and Agile methodology, have very similar concepts, values, principles and ways of working. Agility is a way of thinking and working, while the Solution-Focused approach is about solution building one small step at a time. 


Personal Development Coaching

  • The Solution-Focused approach is future oriented inspiring hope for what could be better and increases confidence and motivation as we expand the discussion to create awareness of what is possible for the client. 


Solution-Focused Interactive Facilitations within organizations


  • It is within trusting and courageous conversations that the best solutions are usually discovered because we are focused on a win/win outcome for all.


Growing and developing coaching skills


    • Mentor Coaching for an ICF Credential in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies.
    • Coaching supervision with s solution-focus approach creating a space for coaches to meet in a collaborative, open and supportive environment. 

“My greatest learning has been that it is less about what you do and more about WHO you are doing what you do with what you have.”

DIRECTOR of Champions Uncovered - 2023

Carla Wasserfall

Debra has been an excellent Mentor Coach, she has really given value in every session and gone the extra mile in my coaching journey.

She is professional and has provided support along the way and been very reliable in the mentor process. I would recommend her as a Mentor, she listens and provides relevant feedback but most importantly cares in the process. I am a more skilled coach because of Debra’s Mentorship.


Mariette Conning

“Debra is an insightful and empathetic life coach who sparked my professional leadership skills while working with her. She helped me to gain my own understanding of difficult team situations and get to a solution without imposing her own opinions. I have learned how to get to my own solution when faced with a difficult situation with her coaching. She is also able to accurately summarise situations and confirm my own observations while always being objective and impartial. She finds the unique balance of wanting the best for both the employee and the employer in the role of HR. I would highly recommend Debra for any role as a life coach or HR consultant.”


Liezl Cromwell

Great questions and observations leading to long held beliefs that needed to be re-evaluated for positive behavior changes. In addition to this, the care and support Debra provided gave me the courage to step out of my comfort zone and try to approach life and work challenges differently.

Co-Founder & Organizational Architect 2020

Kora Holm

“Over the past year I have had the privilege of working with Debra on a number of organizational initiatives – both the difficult, and the fun. Debra’s keen awareness of the latest learnings on effective approaches for people development, talent management and company culture was both refreshing and impressive, and the value of her expertise shone through in the tangible improvements that the team experienced as a direct result of her contributions. As an independent contractor Debra showcased exceptional dedication and always went beyond the call of duty. The team’s quick acceptance of her as one of their own is a testament not only of her open-minded and enthusiastic personality, but also of the respect that she earned as as result of her value-driven consistency and ability to contribute meaningfully while building rapport with people. At a personal level I always stood amazed at Debra’s ability to blend professionalism and rationality with warmth and compassion. I am honored to have had the privilege of observing and learning from her, and I hope that we’ll have the pleasure of working together again in future.”


Bronwyn Lindsay

Debra’s sessions are safe spaces where you feel heard. You get the opportunity to find where you are getting stuck, explore solutions and get motivated to take the next step. I found the time valuable and the practical steps I was able to take have made a huge difference in my life.

VP of Engineering at HealthQ Tech 2020

Jan Pool

“My first opportunity to work with Debra was almost two decades ago at a small, fast-growing start-up, filled with bright technologists. We may not have known it then, but we needed an injection of “heart” to scale. I got to know Debra as a caring and compassionate person that lifts out the voices of others and champions the needs of the people in an organization.
While we both love people and have integrated this emotion into our professions, Debra has taken it to the next level by making it her passion!

Through business coaching, she has guided and supported me tremendously to grow as a person by helping me to understand myself better, face challenging situations with confidence, be kind, care for others, navigate tumultuous times with empathy, and be more resilient. Most importantly, she helped me be a better leader for both the individuals that directly report to me and others in the organization and industry.

We had the opportunity again to be colleagues in a larger organization. Debra excelled in providing a space for individuals to grow through her coaching. Furthermore, she assisted with the identification of larger concerns within the broader organization and helped us to address them.

Debra is an excellent listener, and I appreciated her guidance and the concrete, practical information & tools she shared over the years.

Debra has the ability to bring people together and to amplify the potential of individuals and organizations. Few people can do one of these, even fewer can do both.

Debra truly, and simply, goes beyond!”