I am curious about you, and I assume you may as well be interested to learn
more about the person named Jan Gonell...

Why I do what I do...

To get in touch with people, to support them in finding solutions to important matters and to assist them in finding answers to big and small questions, gives me the feeling of fulfillment, makes me happy and provides me with valuable experience – every single time. Inter-personal communication and its expression of mental processing have fascinated me ever since; just as I admiringly realize over and

over again how endlessly different and colorful our inner worlds are. It is a great gift for me to learn about the individual story of a human being and to get to know his or her inner thoughts - aside from the ordinary daily chatter. I decided to do what I enjoy and am good at, what my vocation is and what allows me to contribute partly to a better treatment of ourselves and our neighbors.

And that feels good!

My qualifications

"What does your conscience say? - You shall become who you are."



  • SET-Trainer for personality development


  • Non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy      
    Hanover region
  • Certified Coach
    Leibniz University Hanover, Germany


  • Trained hypnotherapist
    German Institute for relaxation techniques and communication Braunschweig, Germany
  • Certified instructor for Autogenic training German Institute for relaxation techniques and communication Braunschweig, Germany 


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Human Resource Management & Consulting, University Pforzheim, Germany


  • Certified trainer for “Nonviolent Communication in Business Contexts"
    Business Mediation Center, Königswinter, Germany



  • Certified trainer, moderator facilitator
    Coatrain GmbH Hamburg, Germany
  • Certified mediator - The Art and Practice of Mediation
    National Conflict Resolution Center, San Diego, California, USA
  • Certified business mediator
    (IHK Frankfurt), Germany


  • Master of Laws (LL.M)
    University of Cape Town, South Africa


  • Second Legal State Examination,  Ass. Iur. 
    Lower Saxony, Germany


  • First Legal State Examination, Dipl. Jur. 
    Georg August University of Göttingen, Germany


Competencies I apply in my work: 

  • Life experience through the successful management of existential crises

  • Empathy and sensitivity

  • Ability to deal with complex issues

  • Excellent communication ability and reflectivity

  • Integrative, holistic thinking
  • Several years' international experience in different countries / cultures

  • Analytical thinking

  • Professional and authentic appearance

  • Trained in various disciplines and postgraduate education

  • Working in English and German language

"It is really puzzling, what drives one to take work so damned seriously. For whom? For yourself ? - Man goes but soon. For the contemporary world? For posterity?
No, it remains enigmatic.

Albert Einstein

My interests

 Philosophy - Psychology - Sociology - Literature - Long distance walking -
Riding - Learning - Fitness - Qi Gong - Photography - Play Djembe -
Evaluating cross-cultural differences - Spiritual development  -
Successfully mastering personal challenges -
Southern Africa, and many, many more… 


About me

"There is no right life in the wrong."

Theodor W. Adorno

Insights in my life 

I currently live in the countryside of Burgwedel, near Hanover, with my partner and our two cats, not far from our horses.

Born in Hamburg in 1975, I grew up in Celle, where I later passed the school leaving exam. My student life began in 1995, in Greifswald, formerly Eastern Germany, and later led me to Göttingen. After the successful completion of the first legal state exam, I explored the diversity of being a lawyer, through various internships (including at a tax consultancy in Kiel, a law firm in Hamburg, a bank in Celle, an airline in Hanover and an investment consultancy in Baltimore, USA). Following this, I completed the two-year legal clerkship in Stade, Lüneburg, Hamburg, Sydney and Shanghai. Sydney particularly bewitched me and it was there that the idea to live and work somewhere abroad was born. One of the most important maxims I took from ‘down under’ is: ‘work to live, not live to work’, and subsequently I tried and still try to live up to this maxim.

With the successful completion of the bar exam, I started my  life as a lawyer for a German law firm in Dubai. The business law activities and life in general in an Arab culture which catapulted itself from Stone Age to the modern era in roughly 50 years was an important time of inner growth  for me. It was during this time that a formerly unknown desire grew to live in Cape Town, South Africa for a while. So I made the decision to once again become a student and obtain a Master of Law in (from my humble point of view) the most beautiful city in the world. In incredibly colorful and vibrant South Africa, simultaneously still tackling the heritage of the apartheid era, I discovered myself all over again. Since the intensive one and a half years at the Atlantic rim, I feel firmly and deeply connected to this fascinating country. Ironically, during the legal studies I became ever more aware that my real interest was not the jurisprudence, but the supportive and advisory activity of people in private and professional conflict situations.

Back in Germany, I started again from scratch and obtained wide-ranging training for over 5 years in diverse areas of consulting and counseling that now allow me to do what fulfills me, what I enjoy and where I can apply my talents comprehensively. Moving on from my work for a consultancy for personnel and organizational development, I am now self-employed, since 2013.

Despite, or perhaps because of challenging crises, I consider life as an invaluable gift and as a miracle, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be here. An important aspect in my life is my belief in lifelong development, a field I try to farm and harvest continuously. In my spare time I am an avid amateur rider and spend as much time as possible with the horse in the field. In the past three years, I have also made ​​several long-distance walks, some of which led along the old pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela. During each of the hikes, ranging from 200 to 1000 km, I not only made unique acquaintances, but won invaluable insights about my being in the world. Lots of other activities, holidays and sports were and still are on my list, which constantly expands and awaits implementation.

Life is beautiful and valuable and I am grateful that I am allowed to be here.

Everything else and remaining questions will be clarified
on the occasion of our encounter.