Certificate in Existential Coaching

A two-day CPD course for qualified coaches who want to work with clients on their deeper questions around life and purpose.


The Animas Certificate in Existential Coaching is an insightful, challenging and thought provoking two-day course designed for qualified coaches and related professionals.

At one level, existential coaching lives up to its lofty name by addressing the big questions. What does it mean to be human? What is this life for? How do I live a worthwhile life?

Yet, it is also about how clients (and indeed ourselves) face the normal, day-to-day issues that confront us all.

It’s true then that existential coaching works with the big themes of death, isolation, meaninglessness and freedom, as described so eloquently by Irvin Yalom in his opus magnus, Existential Psychotherapy. But more often than not, it is less about such grandiose topics than helping the client make sense of their current daily experience through the lens of existential theory and techniques.

Drawing on the work of the British Existential School spearheaded by Emmy van Deurzen and Ernesto Spinelli, our existential coaching course introduces you to the key practices that make up this way of working: phenomenological reduction, here and now work, the four worlds model, and a range of key approaches to help clients make sense of the sweeping landscape of existential themes as they manifest in core coaching issues such as, how we face choice, how we make sense of our selves and our place in the world, how we relate to uncertainty, and the crisis of meaning as we sense a life not fully lived.

Unlike many coaching approaches which focus on behavioural shifts and tasks, existential coaching enables the unfolding of the rich tapestry of meaning-making that bubbles up from our personal worldview. It is about being and doing – living in to the world with authenticity.

Approved for 12 ICF CCE hours, this is a brilliant introduction to existential coaching led by UEL lecturer, author and existential coach, Yannick Jacob.

Course Content

Over the course of two days, you will explore:

  • The key concepts of existentialism including a brief look its intellectual heritage.
  • Recognising the difference between the mundane and existential aspects of a challenge or dilemma.
  • Yalom’s four core existential concerns of death, meaninglessness, isolation and freedom and how they show up in daily living.
  • Psychological defence mechanisms against existential givens and Sartre’s concept of “bad faith”
  • The Four Worlds model for existential exploration
  • Husserl’s phenomenological reduction method to strip layers of interpretation
  • Working with the here-and-now in coaching
  • Supporting clients to develop authentic ways to live and relate
  • Working with purpose and meaning

Structure & Duration

Like all of our Coaching CPD Short Courses, this course runs over two days from 10.00am until 5.30pm each day.

To help you get the most from the specialist topics covered course, we dive straight into the specific content without revisiting the core tenets of coaching. This ensures that the full two days are focused on the specialist skills, knowledge and concepts which add to your existing coaching skills.

Over the course of two days you’ll enjoy a blend of learning approaches to give you the best foundation for mastering the skills you learn.

The training is both instructional and experiential and includes:

  • Trainer led information sessions
  • Demonstrations
  • Collaborative group work exercises
  • Practice sessions in two and threes
  • Question and answer sessions

Course Accreditation and Recognition

12 hours ICF CCE

This course has been evaluated by the world’s foremost coaching body, the International Coach Federation (ICF), and awarded 12 hours Continuing Coach Education.

This is a mark of the course’s quality and counts towards your ongoing recognised coaching education both within the ICF and the wider industry.

Dates & Location

Next Dates

The next dates for the Certificate in Existential Coaching are:

  • Saturday & Sunday, 20th & 21st January 2018
  • Saturday & Sunday, 6th & 7th October 2018

    Training Venue

    The training takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Regents Park at:

    Regents University
    Inner Circle,
    London NW1 4NS

Course Fee

Course fee

£495.00

including VAT and ICF approved certification.

The fee can be paid by card or bank transfer on booking the course and a VAT receipt will be issued. For organisations, we can invoice on 30 days payment terms to allow processing of the payment.

How to Enrol.

To enrol on an Animas Short Coaching CPD Course, you must either be a qualified coach or in-training as a coach. This is to ensure that there is a foundational base of knowledge and skill in the training room that allows us to cover the specialist topic. For that reason, it’s important that we have a conversation with potential students to ensure that the course is right for them.

Applying is easy and painless. Simply click APPLY NOW and complete the fields on the online form. We’ll then call you for chat and make sure this is a good fit.

If you then decide to go ahead, we’ll take the payment of £495 and send you an enrolment confirmation.

Course Trainer

All of our trainers are ICF credentialed and remain actively coaching with their own private practices. This ensures that they bring a rich depth of experience in their work which they can draw upon and share with you on your learning journey.

They are also each unique in their approach and bring their particular expertise to bear on the Accredited Diploma in Transformational Coaching, whether that’s in specific modes of psychological practice or their own style as a coach.

A common saying in coaching goes, who you are is how you coach. It’s true and that’s why we ensure you gain training from each of these exceptional coaches across the modules, so you receive a balance of approaches and ideas to help you grow as a coach.

Yannick Jacob Existential Coaching

Yannick Jacob

Yannick teaches our Certificate in Existential Coaching and our Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching and is a lecturer on the University of East London’s MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching. He is a certified Existential Coach (MA) 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, most notably LifeClubs, the German “Schulfach Glück” (School Subject Happiness) and the Haberdasher Askes Wellbeing Curriculum.