Yannick Jacob is 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. He works with coaches, leaders and anybody who considers themselves to be in a “position of great responsibility” to gain clarity, make choices, build resilience and navigate their life. Yannick believes in balance, understanding, helping people think and developing the courage to live across the full spectrum of human experience as the pathway to happiness. For over a decade Yannick has studied 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). His first book, An Introduction to Existential Coaching, will be published by Routledge in early 2019.


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, teaches at The School of Life and the School of Positive Transformation, presents at conferences internationally and his book, An Introduction to Existential Coaching, was published by Routledge in 2019.


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 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 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:
Personal Well Being Centre, London (PWBC)
Association for Integrative Coach-Therapy Professionals (AICTP)
Practically Positive
Mind Integration Project
Regent’s University

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

Visiting Lecturer at:
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC)
Regent’s University
The Weekend University
Association for Coaching
School of Positive Transformation
The School of Life


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