Sports and performance

Many aspects of Clinical Psychology are relevant to athletes and coaches.  As a Level 2 British Triathlon Coach at Windrush Triathlon Club I am able to combine my knowledge and theory of psychology and coaching to support individuals, teams or coaches. My background is in Triathlons (having raced all distances from Sprint to Ironman), but I am happy to work with athletes from all sports, both individual or team.

In addition to my Clinical Doctorate, I have also studied Sport and Exercise Psychology at Bristol University with a Post Graduate Certificate.  Therefore in addition to general psychology theories and principles I have experience of thinking of these within a sporting field.

Mental health can have a significant impact on performance and enjoyment in sports.  In addition, sports can have a significant impact on our mental health.  Areas such as anxiety, PTSD to past experiences, concentration and motivation, are all supported by psychological approaches, such as CBT, Mindfulness and EMDR.

Sport psychology is becoming increasingly more acknowledged in the world of sports, with elite athletes seeking support from mental health professionals.

I would be happy to think with individuals or teams about these areas.  In addition I can provide specific talks to clubs or coaches about how psychology can support athletes, or MBCT 8-week programmes.

How can Psychology help?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) looks at how people manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  This model of psychology can help people within anxiety management, training goals, race day performance and approaches to injuries.

EMDR has shown to help people with traumatic experiences that are impacting on present experiences (think a bike accident or poor experience in a race) as well as supporting people with anxiety about future performances.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) supports people with staying in the present, managing their emotions, focusing on the here-and-now when perhaps you cannot change things, and helping let go of thoughts, feelings or sensations that might be distracting or distressing.