About Therapy Kenya

Dr Yolande Coombes - BA, PhD, C.Hyp, CPPD, RTT.

My Career Journey

My career started as a lecturer in Public Health in a medical school.  The research I worked on was about making recommendations on how to make people healthier. From there, I went on to put theory into practice. It led to me working  for several organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the World Bank. Most of my work was on finding ways to change people’s behaviour.  As well as enjoying my work I was ambitious.  This meant that I pushed myself hard whilst also raising a family.  

Burn out

Eventually, relentless travel, 12-hour days and a long commute led to burn out.  It was clear to me that something had to change as I no longer enjoyed my work or home life.  Exhaustion and chronic health problems were increasing.  Using my research skills, I set about exploring how to overcome my work blocks and improve my own emotional well-being.


What I learned, is that our understanding of the brain and the mind is increasing really fast. There are now tried and tested methods that quickly help us overcome emotional blocks.  These methods can quickly and easily free people up to enjoy their work and home lives. The brain is like a puzzle, you just need to arrange the pieces in the right way. The more I learned, the more excited I became.  Eventually, I quit my job and I set up a company (MGA Ltd) to help build people’s capacity through coaching.  From this I noticed that most people’s work problems actually stem from emotional issues.  It was clear that I needed more tools to be able to help people.  Finally, I decided to retrain as a therapist to help people more comprehensively than coaching alone.

My specialties

 Now, I specialize on issues that inhibit performance in the workplace.  This includes depression, stress and anxiety, as well as fears and phobias. I also help people to stop behaviours they have turned to as coping mechanisms, but they no longer want such as drinking and over-eating.  Added to this, I work on chronic illness which is often related to deeper emotional issues and chronic stress.  I also work with clients to develop new behaviours such as being calm, more confident and able to present in public. Additionally I also work with clients to have higher self-esteem and to develop better relationships at work and in their social lives.  The result is that my clients feel more connected and happy. They now have the tools to achieve what they want.


Fortunately, I was able to train with Marisa Peer, voted Britain’s number one therapist.  Through my training and accreditation I am now a member of the International Council of Psychotherapists, the General Hypnotherapy Register and the International Association of Professional Life Therapists. Interestingly, I was trained as a counselor more than 20 years ago, and I have been on numerous HR courses over my professional career.  Yet,  what I have learned with these new techniques has been astounding, and the results I have achieved with clients in just one or two sessions speak for themselves. Once I have been able to identify the missing piece of the puzzle for someone, all the other pieces fall into place rapidly.

 Please visit my testimonials page to find out more.