Individual Sports Performance
Much research has looked at what the differences are between a good sports person and a great one. Many athletes have the talent to take them far in their particular sport whether amateur or professional. However, it is those athletes who are able to involve themselves in the skills of continual learning and self-growth who seem to maximise their talents. For example, the skills of feeling in control of oneself and situations, seeing a difficult situation as being a challenge to overcome rather than an obstacle to surrender to, and remaining committed to a task regardless of stress can be learned. These attributes that I have just listed is what is called ‘mental toughness’.
My method of therapy or mental coaching in the domain of individual sports performance includes attempts at understanding what it is that you want to achieve in your sporting pursuits, what strengths you have at your disposal, what it is that you do well, what blockages to performance you experience and how to overcome them. The therapy or coaching process is still based on establishing a good working relationship that requires commitment from both you and me. What I offer in the relationship includes thirteen years of experience as a professional rugby player, research knowledge in the field of sports performance and injury recovery, and my experience as a psychotherapist.
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Whether you are an amateur or professional sports person, injuries can be a major setback in the achievement of your goals. There has been much research on the psychological consequences of severe injuries. Some of these can include feeling depressed, anxious, hopeless, isolated, and even angry. Although the body can heal well after an injury, there is often a psychological ‘lag’ that can occur. This ‘lag’ in recovery can lead to feelings of fear and anxiety around competing again, as well as a lack of confidence in oneself when back in competition.
I offer either in-person or online psychotherapy that aims to diminish this psychological recovery ‘lag’. You will be required to sign up to the online six week long Comeback programme that will support your recovery journey. Our one on one, weekly therapy sessions will include understanding how your injury has affected you and what you feel you require in order to regain resilience and self-mastery. During our initial meeting, we will work together to find an appropriate therapy process that is a ‘best fit’ for you. This could include either a short-term (e.g. 6 weeks) task and skills focused process or perhaps a long-term, open ended supportive therapy.
For more information or clarity on this healing process, feel free to either contact me via either email or WhatsApp. We can then arrange a brief introduction call.
The road to injury recovery can be a difficult one. Support and clarity of mind along the way can often make it easier to navigate the obstacles that often occur. In fact, injuries and their recovery, might offer opportunities to gain insight into who you are, what it is that you actually want for yourself, and meaning making! Much research has shown that exploring and understanding trying times and personal grief can often lead to deeper levels of self-mastery.
See the resource section for more information on mental health in sport, as well as injury recovery.
Sports Injury Recovery
Whether considering sports or corporate teams, an essence of team performance is relationship dynamics. Teams are made up of individuals with different personalities, desires, drives, abilities, and histories. Individuals who interact in the pursuit of shared goals develop relationship dynamics that can either benefit the team or create division. It is vitality important to develop healthy relationship dynamics within the team in order to achieve its collective goals.
Healthy relationship dynamics does not mean ‘conflict free’. Any healthy relationship will, at times, encounter conflict that needs to be worked through, accepted, or resolved. It is often through conflict resolution and skilled communication that teams gain interpersonal knowledge, while forming strong bonds of connection.
Connected or unified teams are frequently more likely to achieve their collective goals when compared with teams that experience disunity and resentment. As with individual performance, elite team performance requires constant evaluation and re-evaluation of what goals are to be achieved and the best way to get there.
I offer team interventions that look at personality and behaviour dynamics, as well as how they affect team unity. The process involves individual and team assessments using evidence-based psychometric tools. I then use the psychometric data and my clinical impressions to develop unique workshops aimed at problem solving team structural issues, relationship dynamics, and culture. Each team intervention is different: what we produce depends on what the problems of the team are and how best to address them.