I am an Existential Coach (MA), Positive Psychologist (MA), Coach Trainer & Supervisor, Mediator (conflict resolution) and the former Programme Leader of the MSc Coaching Psychology at the University of East London (2015-2018). I work with coaches, leaders and anybody who considers themselves to be in a “position of great responsibility” to help them gain clarity, make choices, build resilience and navigate their life. I believe in balance, understanding, helping people think (more deeply and effectively) and develop the courage to fully live across the whole spectrum of human experience. I believe that the key to sustainable happiness lies in not just accepting, not-avoiding or managing, but in embracing the inevitable struggles and challenges that life continuously throws as us. Since 2008 I’ve specialized in happiness, optimal human functioning and all things wellbeing (MSc Applied Positive Psychology) as well as the depths and complexities of the human condition and how they show up for people, particularly in the coaching room (MA Existential Coaching). Since 2010 I’ve been working with a variety of clients from small business owners, employees in the tech industry in San Francisco and New York (via GoalSpriing) to leaders in transition, clients seeking to increase their levels of happiness and wellbeing (PosPsych) and anybody considering themselves to be in a “position of great responsibility” (existential). I’ve written, published and spoken on a variety of topics related to positive psychology, coaching, coach-therapy integration and existentialism at conferences around the world. My first book, An Introduction to Existential Coaching, will be published by Routledge in early 2019.
Who Am I?
This is a big question. While many of us will have a short elevator pitch ready to go or start with their job title or what they do for a living, I believe that getting closer to one of the many possible answers to this question we will need to spend some time together. We are different people depending on who we are in relation with and I appreciate that you and I are multi-faceted beings with complex and fascinating interests, values, beliefs and characteristics. That said, I’d like to give you a glimpse into who I am nonetheless but hope that we’ll get a chance to get to know each other a bit better soon. Since we tend to think in images, I’ll start with the video from the front page so you can catch my “vibe” and get an insight into my philosophy of life and I’ll post a few images and conversations I’ve been having with people. If you’d like to read some more I’ll go into more detail on my “why”, my values and why I do what I do, followed by a more formal biography.
My Philosophy of life:
Audio Interview exploring who I am (by Introspectology):
Video Interview exploring my views on life, death, coaching, positive psychology and existentialism:
Podcast with a thorough introduction by the hosts:
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 fulfillment 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 traveled 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.
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. Between 2015-2018 Yannick programme-lead the MSc Coaching Psychology at the University of East London and lectured on the world’s first MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP). He also designed and ran weekend courses in Existential Coaching and Positive Psychology Coaching at Animas Centre for Coaching and now delivers coach training and supervision as a freelancer.
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 was a core team member of the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapy Professionals and organised the world’s first conference on the subject in London in 2017. He is also 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 has been teaching and lecturing on the topics of existentialism, coaching, mediation and positive psychology at institutions such as the University of East London (UEL), Regent’s University, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC). He’s presented at Conferences in London, Budapest and Vancouver and regularly gives talks on a wide variety of topics including personal development, coaching, happiness, philosophy, AI and the human interaction.
Apart from his psychology work, Yannick co-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.