Helping You Achieve Success
Services offered include:
Sport counselling to explore how personal challenges influence the athlete and their sporting performance.
Psycho-educational programs focusing on sport performance enhancement.
Assessments to identify and classify performance-related challenges and issues.
Individual Sport Psychology sessions typically include: determining current performance and possible areas of development; and strategies to improve these areas. Pre-competition sessions focus in particular on the competition and how to deal with important aspects thereof. Post-competition sessions assess the value of the mental strategies used and in so doing, recognize what was effective or not and thereby look at development areas.
Initially a few sessions are required when the athlete has never previously consulted with a Sport Psychology specialist in order to become familiar with the whole process. Thereafter, between 4-6 sessions will familiarize you with the process and so allow you to engage with mental preparation strategies. Appointments can be made thereafter as so required by the athlete.
There are two instances where teams consult with a Sport Psychology specialist; the first one is to support them with some aspect that is very specific to the team, e.g., team-building, conflict management. The second option is a more ongoing process where the psychologist is in regular and ongoing contact with the coach, athletes and management. Team dynamics and psychological skills are observed and supported.
Sport Psychology workshops
Workshops focus on specific themes (e.g., goal setting, mental strategies, and motivation) or can look at a specific sport event or competition (e.g., helping the team prepare for an upcoming tour or big event or even to assist coaches with the mental preparation of their athletes).
Informal or formal talks are aimed at informing athletes, coaches and parents about Sport Psychology and what it entails. These talks can vary between 1 and 2 hours with the theme of the talk being determined by the audience and the aim and objectives discussed prior to the presentation
Why Sport Psychology?
A lot of time is spent developing physical skills in sport. Often it is only these skills that get developed, with little being done about the necessary mental side in sport.
The mental state of the athlete is often what makes the difference between an excellent, mediocre or poor performance.
Sport Psychology helps athletes develop the mental side of their sport skills, and so enhance their sport performance.
What Then Is Sport Psychology?
Sport Psychology is an interdisciplinary science that draws on knowledge from several fields and focuses on how:
- Psychological factors impact on sports performance and participation, and
- Participation in sport and exercise influences psychological and physical factors.