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Frequently asked questions

How does it work and what's involved?

Every athlete is different and will have different goals and needs, affecting how many sessions are appropriate. However, in most cases, new clients will begin with an initial consultation of 50-60 minutes, where we'll discuss their goals and any obstacles or challenges they are facing. With junior athletes, sometimes I will also speak to a parent or coach as part of the consultation. Having made a plan, most clients will then sign up to 5-10 sessions which can be taken weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly (see prices page). There is also the option of annual membership for clients looking for regular long-term support. 

How can a sport psychologist help me or my child?
A sport psychologist can help you or your child in many ways, including:​

  • Improving motivation and confidence

  • Managing stress and anxiety

  • Dealing with performance pressure

  • Recovering from injuries

  • Coping with transitions such as retirement or a change in sport

  • Enhancing overall well-being

What will actually happen in sessions?

Once we've created a clear plan for what you want to achieve and why it matters to you (i.e. your goals and your values), we'll then develop strategies for mindfully and skilfully managing the obstacles that get in your way (e.g. low confidence, unhelpful thoughts and feelings). This will often involve practicing skills like mindfulness to use during matches and pressure moments, along with other mental skills to help you stay present and direct your attention towards doing what matters. 

Is working with a sport psychologist confidential?
Yes, working with a sport psychologist is confidential. Just like any other mental health professional, a sport psychologist is bound by professional ethics and laws to maintain confidentiality. However, there are exceptions to confidentiality, such as if the athlete is a danger to themselves or others.

How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you need with a sport psychologist will depend on your goals and the challenges you are facing. Some athletes may only need a few sessions, while others may benefit from ongoing support. It's important to discuss your goals and expectations with your sport psychologist to develop a plan that works for you.

Where do one-to-one sessions take place?

One-to-one sessions primarily will take place virtually via video conferencing (e.g. google meet, zoom). Many clients prefer meeting virtually for numerous reasons: 1) It's more confidential not having to leave your own home; 2) It's cheaper as there are no travel costs for you or your psychologist; 3) It's easier and more convenient to fit a virtual session into a busy schedule.  However, if you wish to meet face-to-face, I can hire rooms in Southampton or Christchurch, Dorset. Hiring rooms for face-to-face sessions do incur in additional charge.

How long are one-to-one sessions?

Initial consultations last between 50-60 minutes. Follow up sessions can be either be 50-60 minutes or 25-30 minutes depending on what works best for you or your child. 

How do I book a session? 

You can email or message below to arrange an initial phone call with me. This phone call is free of charge and will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may still have and and explain more about what to expect before you book. However, if you would like to book right away you can also do so below. Please make sure to read our privacy policy and client agreement before your session. 

Do you offer work experience or shadowing?

Unfortunately, due to my work with clients being confidential and protected by a code of ethics, I can not offer any meaningful work experience. However, if you would like any career advice about sport psychology, please get in contact and I will answer any questions that you have about careers in psychology and give appropriate advice. 

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