About Us

Who are Psychosynthesis Coaching Limited and the Institute of Psychosynthesis?

Psychosynthesis Coaching Limited has been set up to make psychosynthesis coaching more available and accessible to leaders in all types of organisation and to meet the emerging needs of the coaching profession.

Our primary focus is providing leadership coach training and development programmes, both open courses for individual coaches was well as tailored in-house programmes for organisations.  Our flagship course is the Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching, run in partnership with The Institute of Psychosynthesis.

Psychosynthesis Coaching Limited also promotes Psychosynthesis Coaching to leaders in organisations, creates a focal point for the community of practicing psychosynthesis coaches, provides professional support and supervision services to coaches as well as engages in the broader development of the coaching profession and the growth of a living knowledge base to support this embryonic field.

The Institute of Psychosynthesis has more than 40 years experience in training professionals in Psychosynthesis Psychology, primarily as counsellors and psychotherapists, but also as coaches and in other fields such as leadership development, groupwork and supervision.

November 2018 Update:

Psychosynthesis is going through a renaissance and reinvention as it broadens out from therapeutic training to the wider field of personal development, as intended by the founder Roberto Assagioli. This psychospiritual psychology also combines perfectly with the evolving modality of coaching within the context of leadership and complex organisational and societal systems.      

PCL plays a leading role in updating, developing and applying psychosynthesis for the leadership world and the challenges of the coaching profession. With the increasing acceptance of the whole human being in the work place (body/somatic, emotions/heart, spirit/soul/Self; not just our rationality and minds) the organisational leadership world is calling out for practitioners with psychospiritual awareness, deep understanding of human development as well as the skills to work with crisis in the inner as well as the outer lives of leaders.

The PGCPLC is a coach certification programme backed by a university post-graduate level qualification and endorsed by fast-track membership of APECS as the top-level executive coaching professional body in the UK.  This approach to professional coach certification and accreditation recognises and builds upon your relevant previous experience and qualifications rather than asking you to start at the beginning of a proprietorial tick-box, points accumulating system.

The PGCPLC is run in partnership with the London Institute of Psychosynthesis, which provides the academic foundations and accreditation with Middlesex University. The Institute draws upon more than 40 years’ experience of training counsellors, therapists and coaches alongside its MA programme and also runs the Fundamentals of Psychosynthesis.

We have now run the five-month PGCPLC programme five times in London and once in Verona, Italy.  More than 60 students have participated so far in these and new programmes are scheduled in 2019 in both the UK and Italy. Some of our graduates’ feedback is illustrated in this prospectus. Please read their comments to gain a real sense of what this course might give you.

From 2019 we will be running the PGCPLC in two formats in the UK.  We will continue the current London programme twice a year, involving five monthly three-day workshops. In addition, we are starting an international version, involving two six-day residential workshops, six months apart, with additional on-line course work supported by video-conferencing.

We are also planning to run a full ‘Masters in Leadership Coaching’ Programme (MA) from September 2020.  This will build on the PGCPLC qualification with a Diploma Year involving 10 two-day workshops and a Thesis Year leading to submission of a 15,000 Masters Thesis. Both years will involve monthly half-day small group supervision. A new prospectus will be published for the Masters programme when the details have been finalised.   

PLC was set up by Paul Elliott and Aubyn Howard in 2014, and we continue to co-facilitate many of the workshops. Roger Evans and Ruth Rochelle have also facilitated specific workshops on each London programme.  We recently expanded our faculty with the addition of Sue Cruse and Harriet Hanmer.  Our Italian workshops are co-facilitated with Gordon Symons. In addition, we are building a team of graduate coaches who provide individual coaching for students as part of the programme.  Paul, Aubyn, Sue and Harriet are also qualified psychosynthesis coaching supervisors, who offer coaching supervision according to individual requirements to our students and graduates, as well as to other leadership coaches. Faculty profiles are provided at the end of this prospectus.

The psychosynthesis coaching community is growing, not just through our programmes but through the MA pathway and Roger Evans’ 5DL coaching course (conversion for counselling graduates) at the Institute of Psychosynthesis. We held our first Annual Psychosynthesis Coaching symposium in November 2018, with 60 people attending (and at which the pictures in this prospectus were taken).  PCL is committed to promoting psychosynthesis coaches in the organisational world to leadership clients and has established the first directory of psychosynthesis coaches in support of this. We hold periodic community days for psychosynthesis coaches to network, get involved in what we are doing and gain support for setting up and marketing their coaching practice.

We welcome you to our community.  

Aubyn and Paul

Who leads and delivers the Certificate in Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching course?

The course is led by Aubyn Howard and Paul Elliott and a team of highly experienced, well qualified, successful and practicing leadership coaches, to give students different role models to engage with and learn from.

Aubyn Howard MSc in Change Agent Skills and Strategies with HPRG at Surrey University (1999).

Aubyn has 30 years experience as a management consultant, facilitator and coach, bringing about transformational change and leadership development by working closely with senior leadership teams.

Trained with the Institute of Psychosynthesis between 2000-2004 with an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychology. BSc Economics, PG Certificate in Education, Certified Spiral Dynamics and NLP practitioner and an APECS Accredited Executive Coach. Course tutor for Surrey University MSc in Management Consultancy.

To view Aubyn’s full profile, click here

Paul Elliott MA in Applied Psychosynthesis, BTech, MCIPS. Paul had a successful career in manufacturing over 28 years and held leadership positions in The Hawker Siddeley Group, Ebac Limited and Rolls-Royce plc.

In 2002 he pursued an independent consulting and coaching career and studied at the Institute of Psychosynthesis from 2003 to 2007. He has developed a successful Coaching Practice working with leaders in Rolls-Royce plc, Bureau Veritas, Shelter Scotland, Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Fokker Aerostructures (Netherlands), Nacro and Anthony Nolan. Paul is an APECS Accredited Executive Coach.

To view Paul’s full profile, click here

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