Hypnotherapy for Sports Performance
Athletes have to deal not only with the everyday stresses but also with those specific to the pressures of training, selection, performance, injury, career transition and retirement. To be an effective and successful athlete (either professional or amateur) a positive mindset and resilient confidence is essential as it can mean the difference between success and defeat.
Over the last 16 years I have been lucky enough to work with athletes from a wide range of sports both in UK and abroad, including horse riding, rugby, endurance running, gymnastics, martial arts, CrossFit, golf, ballet dancing. Whilst the physical demands of different sports may vary, the psychological demands are very similar and can be helped with specific mental skills training in relaxation, self-talk, pre-match and pre-competition nerves, parking mistakes, avoid “choking”, lack of focus, anxiety, depression and stress management.
To build on my existing experience of working with both amateur and professional athletes I am studying for the MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology at UWE which I will complete this year before beginning my Sport Psychologist BPS Chartership training next year.
Whilst studying I have been lucky to deliver sports psychology support and workshops to the Bristol Bears Academy (under the supervision of their own Sports Psychologist), as well as to players and support staff at Bristol Bears Women and UWE Women’s Rugby.
I use a very effective combination of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, CBT, NLP and guided visualization to help you overcome anxiety and boost your self-esteem and confidence in order to cope better with the challenges you may be experiencing, as well as specific mental skills training to help with self-talk, parking mistakes, choking, lack of focus, burnout etc., as well as anxiety, depression and stress management. We don’t analyze or focus on the past as it can’t be changed, instead we focus on the present and your preferred future and the positive thoughts, perspectives and steps forward to create it. I see clients in person in Bristol and via Skype/Zoom/Facetime for clients who are based further afield.