Yannick is a coach, trainer, university lecturer, MSc programme leader, mediator and personal consultant who is passionate about facilitating growth and development for individuals and organizations. He has worked with some of the leading figures in the European Positive Psychology scene, has trained coaches at a number of institutions and has worked on a variety of personal development programmes. Yannick’s calm presence may seem at odds with his German efficiency, but it is this combination of driven enthusiasm and non-directive curiosity that challenges clients to be the best they can be and to meet life’s challenges with courage and newly-discovered strengths and resources.
Yannick is one of the first generation of coaches who were able to choose this exciting profession as a first career. He intensively studied human behaviour, change processes, positive psychology as well as applied philosophy and quickly put his coaching skills to use with private clients from a young age. In 2011 Yannick trained as a mediator (Alternative Dispute Resolution) at London’s renowned Regent’s College and has since been helping clients resolve complex disputes with other people as well as manage conflicts within themselves. In parallel to his psychology work, Yannick founded and managed two small start ups, which offered IT solutions for extreme sports athletes and services to the events industry, respectively. As his coaching progressed, Yannick began to work with executives and managers via coaching agencies in New York and London. In 2015 Yannick took over the programme-leadership of UEL’s acclaimed MSc Coaching Psychology. In the same year he also started to work with Animas Centre for Coaching havign designed and delivering their training courses on Existential Coaching and Positive Psychology Coaching.
Yannick’s coaching is a mix of evidence-based Psychology (BSc), cutting edge Applied Positive Psychology (MSc) and philosophically informed Existential Coaching (MA). Upon completion of these programmes he quickly started teaching these subjects to aspiring coaches and currently runs the MSc Coaching Psychology as well as the core coaching module for all of UEL’s coaching-related MSc programmes. In addition, Yannick is the course lead for Animas Centre for Coaching’s ICF-accredited advanced courses in Positive Psychology and Existential Coaching and he is a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University’s MA in Existential Coaching. Yannick has been part of the core team of the Association for Coach-Therapy Practitioners until 2017 and is currently working on a book exploring the boundaries of coaching practice to follow up his two existing publications.
Yannick has been coaching in professional contexts since 2010. His coaching embeds cutting edge evidence-based interventions from a range of approaches within a strong philosophical framework. Yannick trained hundreds of coaches and worked with clients from all ages, professions and walks of life across education, sports, business and life coaching. Yannick now focuses his energy on helping those in leadership and managerial positions develop the resources they need to not only succeed and flourish, but also to build solid defences against future challenges. Yannick’s coaching boosts (self-)awareness, helps to create meaning and ultimately builds a strong philosophical foundation from which to face life’s challenges with open arms.
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)
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)
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC)
Who Am I?
I get very excited about personal development. I believe the road to happiness lies in becoming aware of what is going on; around you, inside you and the connection 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 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.