Athletes seek help from talking therapists or other exercise and sport psychology professional's for many reasons.
They might unknowingly create a negative mind set or lose focus during competition. They might have trouble communicating with their coach, controlling their anxiety, self-confidence, low self-esteem or even just motivating themselves to exercise.
After an initial assessment that lasts around 45 minutes, Andy our talking therapist here at Blizard will take a person centred approach to your next steps in creating that positive mind set. These include 1-1 sessions to help people create a positive mind set by enhancing performance, instilling various mental strategies, such as visualisation, self-talk and relaxation techniques. These techniques can help athletes overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential. They can also help cope with the pressures of competition, lack of motivation, and help cope with the setbacks due to injury.
This involves being out on the paths running and visualising race day situations in real terms “not on a sofa”.
This involves focusing on the event and creating coping skills to help in race situations.
These sessions also focus on relaxation techniques, mental rehearsals and cognitive restructuring, and are also useful in the workplace and other settings.