My work is grounded in positive psychology, existential philosophy, experience and cutting edge training. I am the programme leader for the MSc Coaching Psychology at UEL, run the core coaching module for the MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, the MSc Career Coaching and the MSc Integrative Coaching and Counselling, I have designed and deliver ICF-accredited weekend training in Positive Psychology Coaching and Existential Coaching for Animas and I regularly give guest lectures and talks on a variety of topics. I work with a wide variety of individuals on goals related to existential toughness, happiness and life/job satisfaction. I’ve partnered with via New York City’s GoalSpriing to develop rookie managers through coaching, developed a training programme for business leaders and worh with London’s Personal Well Being Centre to create and deliver a curriculum for personal and social education.
Who Am I?
This is a big question. Let me start with why I do what I do.
I’ve always been incredibly curious about life and everything that I didn’t know. I love learning and experiencing new things. But I can also get bored quite quickly once I figured out how a system works and at the point where the end becomes certain (with just the right amount of effort and time spent on it) I tend to move on. That’s why I’ve decided to work with people (myself as much as others). They just never get boring, ever, and they keep surprising me (again, including myself). So I started studying all things personal development. Positive psychology and coaching seemed to be the perfect fit as I love helping people grow and flourish and I love making (or rather helping) people think. I thrive on enabling friends and clients to find meaning and purpose in their lives, to really connect to something larger than their current reality and I get a natural high when another of my clients develops the courage to go and live their life to the fullest. I know from my own experience that facing life head-on is hard and often really uncomfortable. But I also know that it’s SO worth it! I’ve been exploring what makes people happy and what holds them back as long as I can think. Through coaching, mediation and workshops I can change lives for the better. And on top of that I really enjoy the process. Let me tell you a bit more:
I believe the road to happiness is paved with (self-)awareness; being aware of what’s going on around you, inside you and the interaction between the two. Happiness, success and fulfilment are goals that everybody has to define for him or herself. They might mean earning a million or giving a million to charity, getting a promotion or finally quitting your job, finding love or developing the courage to break up. I have found that in the long run it is always better to face life’s many challenges, to embrace anxiety and hardship as an inevitable part of life that made you who you are, to understand that without uncertainty, meaningless, existential isolation and death lurking around the corner, life would be quite boring.
Existential philosophy has given me an amazing framework of what it means to be in-the-world-with-others and most people I have talked to about it could really relate to it on a profound level. So whether you want to make a decision about which car to buy or whether you feel you have lost a general sense of direction in your life, existential themes are involved. By connecting to your worldview, your beliefs and values, you create a stable foundation from which you’ll be able to make the most difficult decisions.
I love working with people, I am challenging and will invite you to re-examine your situation, your beliefs and your assumptions in the light of what you’re telling me. I won’t give you the answers as I believe everybody has to find his or her own answers. The way I live wouldn’t work for others. Also, I’m not perfect and I struggle with the same human condition as everybody else. Life’s an ongoing challenge. Coaching, mediation and my workshops can give you enough awareness, knowledge and courage so that you are prepared for whatever you may have to face in the future so that, when things get tough, you can bounce back quicker and deal with what life deals you.
I was born and raised in Germany and have lived in Switzerland (6 months) and the USA (1 year) before moving to London in 2005. I have travelled a lot and love meeting new people. Everybody’s interesting once they dare to go beyond small talk and really tell you who they are.[/showhide]
Yannick’s enthusiasm as a coach, trainer and human being is unprecedented. His passion for exploring what it means to live a good life, happy and full of experiences led him explore a large range of topics from applied psychology to philosophy. As a coach, mediator, coach trainer & supervisor and as a creative, critical thinker who’s determined to introduce effective programmes to schools, companies and individuals, Yannick helps his clients explore their world, build a strong foundation of who they are and as a result grow, resolve conflicts and embrace life’s challenges. He is a certified Existential Coach (MA), Positive Psychologist (MSc) and Regent’s College-accredited mediator for alternative conflict resolution. He has worked with some of the leading figures in the European Positive Psychology scene and on various personal development programmes such as LifeClubs, the German “Schulfach Glück” (School Subject Happiness) and the Haberdashers Askes Wellbeing Curriculum. Yannick currently programme-leads the MSc Coaching Psychology at the University of East London and lectures on the world’s first MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP). He also designs and runs weekend courses in Existential Coaching and Positive Psychology Coaching at Animas Centre for Coaching.
Yannick actively supports the development of integrative approaches to coaching and therapy and has contributed a chapter in the first academic book publication in this field. He is a core team member of the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapy Professionals organising the world’s first conference on the subject, he’s part of the core team at London’s Personal Well-being Centre and he works as a Personal Consultant in private practice offering his own unique integrative approach.
Yannick teaches and lectures on the topics of existentialism, coaching, mediation and positive psychology at institutions such as the University of East London (UEL), the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC).
Apart from his psychology work, Yannick founded and managed two startup companies in the areas of action sports and event solutions. Both had a strong social component and often helped to ground academic theory in practical experience.
Yannick is an experienced coach, teacher, lecturer, trainer and mediator with a keen interest in applying scientific knowledge to practice. He is also Creative Director for a small company. As part of a new generation of young professionals he was able to choose personal development as a career path early on and has now spent almost 30 years exploring the human condition, since 2005 in the course of a professional career.
Having graduated among the top of his class from the 1st European Masters Programme in Applied Positive Psychology, Yannick was invited by his professors Nash Popovic and Ilona Boniwell to teach the Haberdashers Askes Wellbeing Curriculum, a coherent personal development programme that aims to establish personal development as a universal school subject. The curriculum covers all aspects of personal development, fosters personal and social awareness, builds emotional intelligence, increases resilience and equips students with the understanding, critical thinking skills, lived experience and deep knowledge to decide for themselves what a good life means to them as well as how to pursue it. It helps kids to form a coherent value system from which they are able to make difficult decisions and take charge of their lives. After 18months of teaching, Yannick joined the Core Team at London’s renowned Personal Well-Being Centre and has established himself as a driving force behind the editing, development and upcoming publication of the curriculum. ([For more info please see http://www.personalwellbeingcentre.org/education/index.html])
Yannick’s interest in personal development and specifically in one-to-one approaches to talking practice was sparked early during his psychology studies in London around 2005, when he became interested in counselling and therapy. The impact of positive psychology and the discovery of the field of coaching led him to pursue an integrative approach, which would allow the practitioner to apply the best techniques from each profession within a coherent, easy-to-understand framework, that would acknowledge the everyday struggles that people go through and without being stuck in endless therapy sessions discussing what happened in the past. In early 2011 he found what he was looking for: A Masters Programme in Existential Coaching at the New School for Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC), founded by internationally acclaimed existential psychotherapist Emmy VanDeurzen. The framework continues to inspire anybody Yannick is engaging with and he found existential themes leaking through any conversation, story or piece of art we encounter. (for more info, please see [www.existentialcoaching.net/philosophy]). Since July 2012 Yannick has been practising Personal Consultancy (an integrational approach combining components of therapy and coaching) through the Personal Well-Being Centre and recently he joined the Association for Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals (AICTP)
Through his course leaders at NSPC and the realisation that conflicts (both internal and external) are an inevitable part of our lives, Yannick decided to combine his coaching skills with a powerful accreditation course in Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) at the prestigious School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology (SPCP) of London’s Regent’s College. Facilitating communication and dispute settlement between two or more parties-in-conflict is one of the most rewarding experiences while at the same time being time-effective and most-engaging. Following his accreditation Yannick has started working for CMDS Dispute Solutions and two mediation charities called BIMA and Converge for Life in Dartford, UK.
Yannick is also a certified host and group facilitator with LifeClubs (www.lifeclubs.co.uk), who offer weekly drop in workshops on personal development, he started doing work for the MSc programme of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London as an external marker, and he is a visiting lecturer at the Danish Institute of Foreign Study (DIS).
Yannick’s natural strengths lie in his ability to emphasize without losing objectivity and his engaging way of challenging unhelpful assumptions. Yannick’s extensive knowledge in the area of personal development is a valuable asset to the processes of mediation, coaching, teaching and consulting alike while being able to distinguish between them. Yannick has spent half of his life exploring diverse environments, having lived in Germany, Switzerland and the UK and having travelled the world extensively from an early age. His social circles now stretch across all working classes and most cultures, which opened up valuable insights into a broad spectrum of different attitudes and worldviews, an invaluable asset for client work. Since 2005 he has been living and working in the multicultural heart of East London.
Yannick’s curiosity and interest in the world have led him to explore various hobbies throughout the arts, music, sports and social activities, some of which he pursued professionally. In early 2011 Yannick co-founded YouSpots (www.youspots.com), a platform for action sports athletes and the industry, in which he currently acts as Creative Director. He established regular music workshops (teaching the use of the DJ turntable as an instrument, inter alia at GCSE level at schools), has been working as a Snowboard Instructor through his local German ski club since 2002 and is a founding member of Pub Psychology London, a weekly, semi-led drop-in session for anybody interested in various psychological and personal development topics (join us on Tuesdays. more info at: www.personalwellbeingcentre.org/individuals/wellbeing_programmes.
Training & Affiliations
University of East London (BSc, MSc)
Regent’s College, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology (CERT)
New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (MA)
Life Clubs (Group Facilitator)
Personal Well Being Centre (Personal Consultant)
Animas Centre for Coaching
Personal Well Being Centre, London (PWBC)
Association for Integrative Coach-Therapy Professionals (AICTP)
University of East London
Commercial and Medical Dispute Solutions (CMDS)
Common Ground – East London Mediation
Belief in Mediation and Arbitration (BIMA)
Converge for Life
Visiting Lecturer at:
University of East London (UEL)
Animas Centre for Coaching
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC)