For a sports person, maintaining your mental health can be complex. Performance – the part that others see – is the tip of the iceberg. The unseen stresses of form, injury, athlete identity, retirement and loss of purpose play a significant role in shaping your world. My specialist sports psychotherapy service is here to help you navigate these challenges…
Understanding the world of the sportsperson is critical to creating the unique therapeutic support that an athlete can trust and engage with. I have spent a number of years in and around elite sports, representing both England and GB in youth rugby league and playing semi-professionally in both codes. As a therapist and researcher I now work with a number of organisations within the elite sporting world to support mental wellness of athletes. I bring this passion, knowledge and experience into my sports psychotherapy practice and research.
I recently completed my MA thesis on the issue of vulnerability in professional rugby league. This piece uncovers so much about the perception of modern athletes and how the pressures impact upon not just our performances as a competitor, but us as a human and in our wider lives.