What is Existential Coaching?

Animas offers a short-course on existential coaching for qualified coaches who wants to take their coaching deeper and introduce key skills from existential theory and practice.

But what is existential coaching?

Here’s how Animas trainer and UEL lecturer, Yannick Jacob explains it:

“Existential coaching helps people to address those eternal human questions that we all sense at a deeper level in our day-to-day lives. Questions like: How can I be happier? What is the meaning of my life? How can I be the real me? Is this really it? What is my purpose? Am I living well?

Equally, we all face certain, inescapable conditions of being human. We all face inevitable death and the awareness of our mortality; we all have to make choices without certainty of the outcome; we all have to relate to others while recognising that we are essentially separate – that nobody can be us for us! These conditions and others, often called the human givens, present unavoidable realities of being alive, confronting us with limitations as well as possibilities. And we can feel these strongly, often as a form of anxiety or restlessness.

From a coaching perspective, these questions and conditions are often at the core of the everyday challenges that clients bring to us – sometimes implicitly, sometimes explicitly. And while exploring these issues and concerns is not always needed (or even desired) by clients, there are times that such explorations can have a profound impact, changing the way someone experiences and lives their life for good.

This is particularly true when clients feel incongruent in their life, where social pressures, upbringing, self-expectation, fears and anxiety create dilemmas and choices that they feel unable, or unwilling, to meet.”

When learning existential coaching, you’ll explore areas such as:

  • key concepts of existentialism
  • the difference between the mundane and existential aspects of a challenge or dilemma
  • the core existential concerns of temporality (death), meaning (-lessness), isolation and freedom, and how they show up in everyday living
  • psychological defence mechanisms against existential givens, and Sartre’s concept of ‘bad faith’
  • the four-worlds model for existential exploration
  • practice models for existential coaching
  • phenomenological reduction
  • working with the here and now in coaching
  • supporting clients to develop authentic ways to live and relate
  • working with purpose and meaning

Existential coaching represents an exciting and powerful way to coach and we’re thrilled to provide one of the few courses in the UK to teach it.

To find out about our Certificate in Existential Coaching, go here.