"In Greek, the word philosophy means "friend of wisdom". Existential counseling is a contemporary form of applied philosophy, which supports people's pursuit of the wisdom that makes them understand and live their lives with a greater sense of purpose and purpose."

- Martin Adams, A Concise Introduction to Existential Counseling (2013)


For groups, workshops are offered on topics that are relevant in the workplace. An existentialist perspective on, for example, organizational change and personal branding has raised interesting thoughts and discussions in different teams. Most issues in a work community can be opened up philosophically, often new approaches also give new insights.

Individuals and couples are welcome to the office in Punavuori, Helsinki, for sessions in existential coaching. It is also possible to meet in other places. If it is not possible to meet physically, the sessions can be held at a distance.

The working method is based on dialog, with input of different philosophers' models of thinking. The process is based on the situation that the person or group is in. Thereafter, the discussion moves across all levels - by reflecting on how persons view the world, on the circumstances they can’t change, and on existentials. In this process the understanding of how one's own existence is interconnected with other people and the outside world is deepened.

Individual clients and couples often start the coaching process with a life-world analysis. In turn, the physical, social, private and spiritual dimensions of life are analyzed, and the situation that is in focus is reflected towards the different worlds of life.

The coach listens, asks, offers relevant philosophical perspectives. We can go back to the 19th century and the philosopher Sören Kierkegaard, who is considered the father of modern existentialism. He was followed by philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Edmund Husserl, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Hanna Arendt and Simon de Beauvoir. Today, many psychologists also work existentially, such as Rollo May, Emmy van Deurzen, Ernesto Spinelli and Bo Jacobsen.

Existential coaching is practiced phenomenologically. Phenomenology is a theory and method of understanding the world, which, instead of emphasizing causal relationships, explores human practice – the world is first and foremost an experience, then an object of human consciousness. The existence (that something is) comes before the essence (what something is). Living and experiencing precedes knowing as a basis for gaining knowledge of the world.

For some decade, existential approaches have also established themselves in coaching. In the UK, education is given at the master level, and certification systems are also available in Sweden and Germany. An international certification system is under construction.


Make an appointment

For private clients one session is 75 minutes long and held in my office in Punavuori, Helsinki. The sessions for leadership-coaching are two hours long, and can be held at the customer's affice or in my office.



The first session

We go through the pinciples of existential coaching, and you tell what questions you would like to work with. The first session is free of charge for private clients.


You decide

How many sessions are needed? It´s impossible to know in advance – most clients in this form of coaching give themselves between five and ten sessions with two weeks interval, but there is no rule you should follow. You decide how many sessions we book.


For private clients one session is 115 euro, including taxes (24 percentage). Unless we agree otherwise I will send the bill after each session, payment in seven days.

Please ask for an offer for leadership-coaching!


A certified existential coach has a profession in which discussions play an important role, and an approved training (diploma) in existential coaching and counseling skills, whereafter the coach will get a certicate through further tutorial or education.

Since there is no education for existential coaching in Finland, I have been studying at EXI (Institutet för existentiell praktik, in Sweden. This education is approved by SEPT (Sällskapet för existentiell psykoterapi), that is part of the international existential movement. I have got my diploma in March 2017 and certification in January 2018.

Barbro Teir
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