Sports Psychology

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”Michael Jordan, basketball icon (1984-2003)
Sports Psychology is not just for professional athletes, it is for anyone who experiences setbacks or difficulties associated with sport participation or who would simply like to improve their performance.

Sport participation naturally requires physical fitness and extensive practice of physical skills, ability and technique. Mental training on the other hand, could play just as big a role in optimal performance as physical training does. An athlete is only as good as his/her performance on the day and therefore the ability to perform under pressure is crucial. Athletes are also not exempted from everyday life-challenges and external factors, therefore learning how to manage these factors and challenges effectively, are an important facet in continuously performing well.

I have worked with athletes competing in various sporting types from amateur to professional level as well as athletes representing South-Africa in their respective sports.

I believe in working together with other professionals such as medical doctors, physiotherapists, biokineticists, nutritionists and personal trainers/coaches in a holistic approach to address every aspect of the athlete in order to achieve optimal performance.

Being a competitive athlete takes discipline, commitment and often sacrifices – it requires hard work physically and mentally. I thoroughly enjoy helping athletes reach their goals so that their hard work, commitment and hours spent training, pay off in the end.

Difficulties Addressed

Effective Goal Setting
Performing under pressure
Fear of Failure
Values and Commitment in Sport
Using Mindfulness while competing
Dealing with setbacks/disappointment/injury

Approaches may include:

Mindfulness Acceptance and Commitment therapy (MAC)
Psychological Skills Training (PST)
Medical Hypno-Analysis (MHA)