Natalie Phillips

MA, PhD, CPsychol

NSPC Roles
Research Supervisors: Masters and Secondary,


Availability: Available for Master’s research supervision and secondary doctorate research supervision


  • Existential and human issues
  • Meaning in life
  • Meaningful places
  • The intersection between psychology and philosophy
  • The philosophy of a wide variety of existentialists
  • The fractions of the lifeworld (Sheffield School) research heuristic
  • Growth and becoming
  • Agency and choice
  • Resilience
  • Effectiveness of coaching, coaching outcomes and developing and testing new coaching techniques/models of practice
  • Explorations into the lived experience of almost anything!
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Coaching in education
  • Higher and secondary education
  • Writing and creativity

Methodology: Qualitative research, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), Thematic Analysis,

Research from previous supervisees:

An exploration of how well-being is conceptualised within existential and positive psychology: How can these understandings be integrated during individual therapy? (MSc in Psychotherapy Studies)

An exploration of Team GB elite track and field athletes’ reflections on career transitions twenty-five years post hoc. (MA in Existential Coaching)

The lived experience of black therapy trainees (MSc in Psychotherapy Studies)

Rethinking dips in motivation from an existential phenomenological perspective (MA in Existential Coaching)

The lived experience of identical twins who are separated in school and its impact on identity formation – an existential-phenomenological study. (DCPsych in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy)

How do professional boxer's experience anxiety and courage? (DCPsych in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy)

The lived experience of identity formation for Black, Second Generation, West Indian Women – an interpretative phenomenological analysis (DCPsych in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy)

Key publications:

Lancer, N. (in press). ‘Yes Woman’: A career coach reflects on the experience of doing a PhD and its contribution to Coaching Psychology. The Coaching Psychologist.

Lancer, N. & Eatough, V. (2018). One-to-one coaching as a catalyst for personal development: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of coaching undergraduates at a UK university. International Coaching Psychology Review, 13(1). 72-88.

Lancer, N., Clutterbuck, D., & Megginson, D. (2016). Techniques for coaching and mentoring (2nd ed.). Oxford: Routledge.

I am a Chartered Psychologist, existential coach and an accredited member of the Association for Coaching. I am the Honorary Secretary of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology and am on the BPS’ Register of Coaching Psychologists. I started my professional career as a secondary school teacher and worked in schools with diverse students in deprived areas with children who had various emotional and behavioural difficulties. I now coach people undertaking BIG projects who need help with motivation, staying focussed, managing their fears and concerns and being creative. See my website for more information about me and my work.

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