Yannick Jacob is a Coach, Trainer & Supervisor with Masters degrees in Existential Coaching and Applied Positive Psychology. He is part of the teaching faculties at Cambridge University and the International Centre for Coaching Supervision, and he’s the Course Director of the School of Positive Transformation’s Accredited Certificate in Integrative Coaching, for which he gathered many of the world’s most influential coaches and earliest pioneers. Formerly Programme Leader of the MSc Coaching Psychology at the University of East London, Yannick now presents at conferences internationally and his book, An Introduction to Existential Coaching, was published by Routledge. Committed to helping other coaches be the best coaches they can be, Yannick founded and hosts Yannick’s Coaching Lab which gives novice and seasoned coaches an opportunity to witness experienced coaches live in action, and he is the host of Animas Centre for Coaching’s popular podcast Coaching Uncaged, as well as his own podcasts Talking about Coaching and Talking about Coaching and Psychedelics.


Yannick is one of the first generation of coaches to choose coaching and positive psychology as a first career. Since 2005 he’s been studying 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 University 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 co-founded two start ups working in action and extreme sports (YouSpots) and the events industry (Push Culture), respectively. As his coaching progressed, Yannick began to work 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). In 2015 Yannick took over the programme-leadership of University of East London’s acclaimed MSc Coaching Psychology and started teaching coaching skills to all of UEL’s coaching-related MSc programmes. In the same year he also started to work with Animas Centre for Coaching having designed and delivering their training courses on Existential Coaching and Positive Psychology Coaching. Yannick left the University of East London in 2018 and now delivers training, coaching, supervision and conflict resolution services in private practice and works to raise the profile of existential coaching, existential leadership and existential resilience. He is a sought after guest lecturer and speaker, taught at The School of Life, presents at conferences internationally and his book, An Introduction to Existential Coaching, was published by Routledge in 2019. 

2020 saw Yannick create and curate the ground-breaking Accredited Certificate in Integrative Coaching (ACIC) for the School of Positive Transformation, a coach training programme for which he invited many of the earliest pioneers and industry’s best teachers, many from his personal network. 

In 2022 Yannick was invited to create and teach the opening unit for Cambridge University’s new Coaching Masters. 


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 between 2015-2018 ran the MSc Coaching Psychology as well as the core coaching module for all of UEL’s coaching-related MSc programmes. During this time Yannick was also 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 the Middlesex University accredited MA in Existential Coaching at the New School for Psychotherapy and Counselling. Yannick has been part of the core team of the Association for Coach-Therapy Practitioners until 2017 and his first book “An Introduction to Existential Coaching” will be published by Routledge in May 2019.

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 thousands of coaches and worked with clients from all ages, professions and walks of life across education, sports, business, politics and life coaching. Yannick focuses his energy on helping his clients develop the resources they need to not only succeed and flourish, but also to build solid defenses 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.



University of East London (BSc, MSc)
Regent’s University, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology (CERT)
New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (MA)
Life Clubs (Group Facilitator)
Personal Well Being Centre (Personal Consultant)


Associate/Member/Alumni of:
Cambridge University, Institute of Continuing Education
Association for Coaching
Personal Well Being Centre, London (PWBC)

Commercial and Medical Dispute Solutions (CMDS)
Common Ground – East London Mediation
Belief in Mediation and Arbitration (BIMA)
Converge for Life

Visiting Lecturer at:
Regent’s University
New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC)
The Weekend University
Association for Coaching
School of Positive Transformation
The School of Life
International Coaching Federation


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