Meet Yannick Jacob!

Founder, Existential Coach, Trainer and Coach Supervisor Rocket Supervision

Somehow, we’ve come to believe that happiness is all smiles and positivity and a coach can facelift a client’s life. While the truth is that life doesn’t operate in a silo and selective positivity breeds delusion. There’s grief, there’s pain, there’s loss and regret. The negative emotions have been abhorred and looked away from, but it’s these negative emotions that are the greatest proof of our humanity. They are like secret codes to what we deeply care about. And we need to look at them courageously and sit with them compassionately. 

As coaches, you support your clients and you empower them to thrive.

But you need help too. You need

  • the support to manage the emotional and ethical payload that comes with coaching.
  • the inspiration and the challenge to do it better without feeling lost and overwhelmed.
  • the courage to pursue this path with utmost authenticity. 

At Rocket Supervision, we support, train and mentor you to create a coaching practice rooted in reality and courage.

We reject superficiality and extreme promises of transformation. Instead, we nurture you through a safe space and empower you with the tools to explore your own vulnerability and biases, ensuring compentence and integrity in your coaching practice.

Know more about Yannick

Since 2010 I’ve trained,

coached, supervised, mentored and guided over a thousand coaches during my time as Programme Leader of the MSc Coaching Psychology at the University of East London (2015-2018), my role as Course Lead at Animas Center for Coaching, where I designed and facilitated two ICF-accredited training courses (Positive Psychology and Existential Coaching) and during my work with clients (many of which coaches) in private practice. Joining the teaching faculty at the International Centre for Coaching Supervision (ICCS) in 2020 has further deepened my love and support for supervision.

presented at conferences internationally

and my book, An Introduction to Existential Coaching, has been published by Routledge, one of the largest international academic publishers. In 2019 I’ve joined the teaching faculty at The School of Life and the School of Positive Transformation. Together with the latter I designed and curate a ground-breaking new coach training programme, the Accredited Certificate in Integrative Coaching, for which I’ve managed to recruit many of our industry’s earliest pioneers and leading practitioners.

My work and philosophy

have been shaped by my degrees in Psychology (BSc), Applied Positive Psychology (MSc) and Existential Coaching (MA) as well as coaching countless clients and training and supervising a large number of coaches from a broad variety of schools and approaches.

Need for coaching supervision

Due to an exploding number of coaches and the rapidly growing competition in the industry, the demand for advanced training, coaching, supervision, business-mentoring and elements of therapy has been growing steadily, so that I decided to offer supervision as a separate branch of my business in 2016. I’ve developed my signature approach, Rocket Supervision (a combination of the above mentioned demands), during my Diploma in Coaching Supervision between 2017-2018.

​I’m warm, upbeat and supportive,

​I’m fair and kind as well as challenging, fast-paced, thorough, curious and direct. My German upbringing equipped with a fair deal of efficiency while marrying into a Mexican family gives me just the right balance in life.

if you’d like to learn a bit more about me, why not hop over to my other website, connect with me on Facebook or LinkedIn or, indeed, book in a consultation so we can get to know each other and explore how we might work together?

Qualifications & relevant work

Program Director, ACIC
School of Positive Transformation

Teaching Faculty
International Centre for Coaching

Teaching Faculty
Cambridge University (ICE)

Course Lead Positive Psychology,
Animas Centre for Coaching

Teaching Faculty
The School of Life (2019-2022)

Course Lead Existential Coaching,
Animas Centre for Coaching (2015-2018)

Programme Leader MSc Coaching Psychology
University of East London 2015-2018

Module Leader for all of UEL’s coaching-related MSc programmes between 2015-2018 (MSc Career Coaching, MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, MSc Integrative Coaching and Counselling, MSc Coaching Psychology)

Visiting Lecturer
Cambridge University, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Birkbeck University, Regent’s University, The Weekend University, WBECS, Animas Centre for Coaching, The School of Life, International Centre for Coaching Supervision, Society of Existential Analysis, Association for Coaching.

Training & certifications

BSc Psychology
University of East London

MSc Applied Positive Psychology
University of East London

MA Existential Coaching
New School of Psychotherapy and
Counselling (Middlesex University)

Diploma in Coaching Supervision
Animas Centre for Coaching

Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation)
SPCP Regent’s University

Certificate in Existential Group Work

Personal Development Facilitator
Life Clubs UK

Certified Mental Health First Aider
MHFA England

Published works

An Introduction to Existential Coaching

Accessibly written and broadly lauded, this book is a vital guide for coaches in training as well as an inspiring addition to the repertoir of experienced practitioners.

Positive Psychology for Coaching - An Introduction to Theory and Practice

A practical guide to utilising the science of wellbeing, strengths, optimism, positive emotions and post-traumatic growth in your coaching practice.

Existential Perspectives on Integrating Coaching and Counselling

Personal Consultancy provides a coherent and systematic framework for practitioners. The authors of this excellent book subtitled “A Model for Integrating Coaching and Counselling” invited me to contribute a chapter laying out my existential perspective on integrating the two modalities.

Positive Psychology Coaching in the Workplace
Meaning-centred Coaching in the Workplace

In collaboration with the leading researcher on meaning, Michael F Steger, I contributed a chapter to this epic volume of literature: Positive Psychology Coaching in the Workplace, following an invitation from three of the leading voices in our field.

Existential Resilience and Covid-19

I’ve contributed a chapter to Monica Hanaway’s book “Existentialism in Pandemic Times: Implications for Psychotherapists, Coaches and Organisations” which summarizes my thoughts on existential resilience in the context of the CoViD-19 pandemic.

The 4 Worlds of Existence as a Tool in Coaching

Following an invitation of Prof. Jonathan Passmore I contributed a short chapter to the book “WeCoach!: The Complete Handbook of Tools, Techniques, Experiments and Frameworks for Personal and Team Development”. Any coach keen on adding to their repertoir will benefit from this book.

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    March 23, 2023

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    March 13, 2023

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    February 13, 2023
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    November 13, 2022

    Yannick is an inspiring & positive coach. I can highly recommend him. Thanks for your companionship!

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    September 13, 2022
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    April 13, 2022
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    April 13, 2022
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    April 13, 2021
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    April 13, 2021

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    April 13, 2021

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    April 13, 2021
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