Enabling athletes in Newport and across the UK to reach their desired levels
I specialise in sports psychotherapy. Having competed myself at a high level in sports, and experienced the highs and lows of achievement and performance, I have a unique insight into helping sportspeople deal with their experiences, helping athletes and sportspeople achieve their true potential and find peace within themselves too.
Whether you are actively participating in sport, or have just recently retired, I will work with you to address your concerns and providing a safe space to verbalise your thoughts and experiences in a meaningful way, perhaps for the first time.
Whilst still in sport
My approach is aimed at helping people to better understand the impact of performing and achieving at all levels. Dealing with current and historical issues and challenges can be hard enough, however being in sport often brings further added pressure from the media and being in the public eye.
Sports psychotherapy is aimed at supporting sportspeople to be at peace with themselves fundamentally enabling them to perform better. When you are comfortable with yourself, whether in sport or life in general, better performance follows.
We work to understand key relationships, challenge negative thinking, and work on identifying changes that happen when behaviour is altered that impacts performance or a combination of performing whilst trying to manage a life outside.
Retiring from sport
Nile Wilson has made a video on his experiences and impact to his mental health following a forced retirement.
Performing at a high level in sport often means sacrificing so much to achieve at the top level. It is more than a sport or a job, it is a way of life. Retirement from sport whether planned or forced can result in a loss of identity, and feeling empty and alone, not knowing what to do, where to go or how to be.
This can often lead to a range of mental health issues including anxiety and depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts. Having someone to talk to can make a huge difference. Someone who will listen and accept you without pressure or judgement. There can be light at the end of the tunnel.
Some of the issues that may affect sports performance
If you, or a member of your team, could benefit from sports psychotherapy, feel welcome to get in touch. I offer professional, confidential and empathetic support at all stages of the counselling process.
- Eating disorders
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
- Assertiveness, self-confidence and self-esteem
- Bereavement and loss
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Shyness or social phobia
- Sporting performance
- Suicidal feelings and thoughts