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What are the types of work you cover with coaching and/or sport psychology?

  • I work with executives and senior managers to develop world class leadership and high performance behaviours that are fundamental to today’s increasingly complex and dynamic working environment.
  • I work with sports performers to help them to improve their performance.
  • I help clients through clarifying their goals and the processes for achieving them, through looking at where they want to go, and more importantly HOW they are going to get there.
  • I work with clients who want to work more effectively under pressure and overcome barriers to world class performance by challenging them to deal with the causes rather than react to the symptoms.
  • I facilitate clients developing self-awareness of their behaviours and how they impact on and are interpreted by others. I do this through working with them to develop empathy and understanding of individual experiences and perspectives and exploring and developing more effective behaviours.

What is performance coaching?

“Coaching is more than a skill or a technique for individual and team development. It is invaluable for task performance and delegation. Most importantly, it places people at the top of the agenda in action not just in word and is an essential management style of the high-performing company culture of the future” Sir John Whitmore, Coaching for Performance

Coaching is a form of development, using planned opportunities for learning and guidance. It is not telling or prescribing, but rather encouraging exploration and discovery of possibilities, options and alternatives. It is facilitating, encouraging and supporting an individual or team to do things in a different way, in order to improve performance. Executive Coaching helps you focus on your potential for excellence through creating awareness and responsibility and the belief and capability to improve performance and achieve objectives.

How can coaching enhance professional development?

Some of the areas coaching can help you develop:

  • leadership & high performance behaviours
  • team cohesion and dynamics
  • developing vision
  • leading and managing change
  • career development
  • development following 360 degree appraisals
  • performing under pressure (aka stress management)
  • managing conflict
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • creating a more balanced life
  • improving relationships
  • discovering your core values/purpose
  • learning to live, work and play beyond self-imposed limits
  • greater confidence
  • setting and achieving targets
  • designing a more fulfilling professional life
  • return to a fulfilling life after illness/accident

What is sport psychology?

Sports and exercise psychology is a branch of sports science that studies the psychological and behavioural factors in sport and other types of physical activity that impact performance. Sport Psychologists have expert knowledge and a research base in the psychology of sport and are familiar with other sport and exercise science disciplines (e.g. physiology, biomechanics), giving them an understanding of how sport and physical activity affects an individual’s psychological health and well-being throughout their lifespan.

How can sport psychology help me improve my performance?

Some areas where sport psychology can enhance your performance:

  • self-confidence and self-esteem
  • motivation
  • goal setting
  • focus, concentration and attention
  • coping with stress and performing under pressure
  • managing nerves and anxiety
  • controlling & effective use of aggression
  • team cohesion and dynamics
  • burnout
  • ability to come back after injury

How does a Sport Psychologist typically work:

Sport Psychology can be applied in several different ways, depending on the requirements of the client:

  • Educational workshops and seminars: to inform and educate sports performers about how sport psychology is a not a stand alone ‘fix’ but that physical, tactical, technical and psychological skills can be improved through the use of sport psychology interventions.
  • Athlete assessment: using a variety of methods (e.g. interviews, questionnaires, physical tests, videos, observation, etc) to; enable the sport psychologist to have a thorough understanding of the performer, their strengths and weaknesses, and identify areas for change and improvement using sport psychology interventions. Obtain information about the athlete’s stage of development and potential for success in their sport
  • Individual consultations: to coach individual performers in the use of psychological skills to improve their physical, tactical, technical and psychological performance
  • Team & group work: to help improve; interaction skills, communication skills, understanding of groups dynamics, including team roles and the individual personalities within the team, team-building and team work. To identify within the team and team subgroups strengths and weaknesses and areas for change and improvement via sport psychology interventions.

What to expect from me as your coach or sport psychologist?

I work in consultation with individuals, teams, and other interested parties (e.g. line managers, HR, coaches) etc., to an appropriate and agreed programme with the objective of helping clients to achieve optimum performance, greater personal satisfaction and personal and professional development.

The essence of my work is developing awareness and responsibility, using powerful and clarifying questions, focus, planning tools, exercises, reviews and accountability.

I am results focused and have high expectations of clients and support them thoroughly.

What are my professional codes of practice?

As a member of British Psychological Society, Association for Coaching, Society for Coaching Psychology, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Health Professions Council I practice:

  • within their codes of conduct
  • using evidence based and reflective practice
  • to a programme of continuous professional development

Is it therapy?

No. The coaching and sport psychology focuses on what you want to achieve going forward, developing potential, future success, planning and personal growth. Coaching/sport psychology does not attempt to heal past hurts or emotional trauma and clients who might benefit from a therapeutic relationship will be advised to consult a more appropriate professional.

What is a typical session like?

Individual coaching/sport psychology can be in person, by phone or Skype. Work with teams is generally in person, either on-site or at an appropriate location.

The essence of coaching/sport psychology is developing awareness and self-responsibility. You can expect powerful and clarifying questions, focus, planning tools, exercises, reviews and accountability. I am results focused, will have high expectations of clients and support them thoroughly.

Is it worth the investment?

Client’s programmes are set up based on individual requirements. If you are cautious about spending money and concerned about getting the best from your investment, ask yourself ‘am I/are we worth it?’ Your fee is an investment in yourself, your team and/or your business that pays big dividends. To make sure that you get the best from your investment:

  • Hire a coach/sport psychologist that best suits your needs
  • During your initial consultation set a goal that is worth accomplishing and worth the fee
  • Make the most of your coaching time. Tell your coach what results you want and your coach helps you to make it happen

How can I find out more?

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What does it cost?

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"Excellence can be attained if ……
you care more than others think is wise,
risk more than others think is safe,
dream more than others think is practical,
and expect more than others think is possible."
Claude Bissell

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