I am a HCPC Registered and Chartered Sport Psychologist. I earned my Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Northumbria University, and have completed the British Psychology Society’s Stage 2 qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
I have worked with teams and individual athletes in a wide variety of sports since 2013, and have developed a specific focus on racket sports along the way. Along with a wealth of experience working with high-level athletes, I also have experience in playing competitive tennis and squash. Along the way, I have noticed that there is something in common that holds the majority of athletes I have worked with back from playing to their full potential on a consistent basis, or even replicating the level they are capable of during training. This something in common is fear.
– Fear of missing shots
– Fear of disappointing fans/friends/parents/ourselves
– Fear of not reaching your expectations
– Fear of opponents/spectators/coaches looking down on you
– And many more…
This fear has caused many, including myself, to play differently to how they would ideally like or plan to, which makes no sense whatsoever, as this is what they work hard in training for!
Examples include feeling nervous and trying to play “safer” when under pressure (which almost always leads to worse shot selection), poor decision making due to fear, or failing to control frustration and allowing it to influence performance for longer periods of time than it should.
Therefore, a large part of my focus is on working with athletes to tackle these thoughts of fear using tailored techniques developed through my expertise and experience, aiming to help them master their emotions, creating solid mindsets that will allow them to perform freely on the court and to give them an edge over their opponents.