Deborah Thornton, MSW CPPC is an accomplished coach, consultant, and facilitator with more than 30 years of experience. Trained in clinical social work, Co-Active coaching, and Great Story coaching, she specializes in revealing the full spectrum of possibilities in life and leadership for individuals and organizations.

As a Certified Professional Co-Active® Coach (CPCC), Deborah helps clients connect with their deepest Self, expand their range of emotions, release limiting stories and beliefs, and make empowered choices that foster a greater sense of fulfillment, balance, and purpose.

As a consultant and facilitator, Deborah helps organizations clarify their mission and purpose, leverage the diversity of their teams, improve communications, and respond effectively to rapidly changing environments. She is adept at coaching managers and teams to enhance leadership skills, increase emotional resilience, spark creativity, and inspire collaboration.

Deborah’s work is informed by six decades of life, a richly varied career path, and cross-cultural experience in Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Deborah is passionate about creating a more equitable and compassionate world, one prismatic step at a time.

Deborah Thornton
Prismatic Coaching & Consulting

Areas of Expertise

Life transitions
Emotional resilience
Personal growth
Leadership development
Strategic Planning


MSW, Interpersonal Practice
University of Michigan School of Social Work

AB, Philosophy & Languages
University of Michigan


Co-Active® Coaching Certification
Co-Active® Leadership
The Co-Active Training Institute (CTI)

Great Story Coaching Mastery                 Lucid Living

Mastery Program for Coaches
Arbinger Institute

Resiliency Circle Facilitation
Emotionally Fit Leaders

Certificate in Intercultural Training
Georgetown University