Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are a selection of some of the questions I am often asked as a sport psychologist. If you have any other questions feel free to get in contact.
Who is sport psychology for?
Sport psychology is for anyone who participates in sport or physical activity! Psychology can benefit the performance of athletes across all ages and levels, from recreational to elite. At top level, the margins between winning and losing can be minute, and mental preparation can provide that competitive edge needed. It can also help the athlete’s wider team (e.g. coaches, team-mates, parents) to provide them with the right support.
How long does an individual session last for?
Typically an individual session lasts for 60 minutes. This can however be tailored to the athlete as necessary, I do however feel that 60 minutes is an ideal time for a session. Most often this will consist of a 50 minute counselling session with a 10 minute note writing/ summary.
How many sessions will I need?
This can vary from athlete to athlete. I generally say that nothing meaningful will be done in an hour. I therefore do not often any less than 3 hours of one to one consultancy. The maximum is limitless and will depend on your budget. I normally say 6 session is a good number to begin with and then we can discuss moving forward from after those sessions.
Is what I say to you confidential
Absolutely yes! There are specific rules and guideline around confidentiality, this cannot be broken unless there is legal requirement to do so. Normally if there is a risk to life or limb, or significant risk to health then confidentiality must be broken. However I normally say that nothing is confidential from your coach unless you say otherwise. This is an agreement I have with athletes and can be discussed on the first session.
Where will sessions take place?
When you first get in touch I will discuss location options with you. There may be a charge for travel further than a reasonable distance.
I'm worried about what people will think. Is this normal?
When sport psychology was first talked about, there was a stigma around it. The thinking was that if you saw a sport psychologist you have something wrong with you. These thoughts are now gone. Most elite athletes engage in sport psychology and many count on it during tough times. You wouldn't think any less of someone if they were seeing a strength and conditioning coach to get stronger would you? That is I do as a sport psychologist, I make athletes minds stronger. It is a proactive way to get the edge on your opponents.
How much is this going to cost me?
How long is a piece of string? It can all depend on what your needs are and what I can offer you. However as a guide an initial consult will be priced at £100 and session thereafter are priced as follows:
1 x 1 hour session is £100
Discounts are available for block booking of sessions decisions are made on a case by case basis.
A one hour workshop for a club or number of athletes will cost around £200. There may be extra charges incurred such as travel and materials. This will be discussed when you contact me. In exceptional circumstances this can be negotiated.
I don't live near Kent or London can you still help me?
Absolutely yes! I am able to travel anywhere in the UK, however there will be travel expenses incurred and this may be a little more expensive. Alternatively I offer Skype or telephone consultations. This can work well with athletes that are travelling a lot and has be proven to an effective way of doing sport psychology consultations.
Is there any chance of a discount on the fees?
Keep your eyes peeled on my website and my twitter feed. I often have discount offers go out on twitter for a week or two at a time and can offer discounted coupons or vouchers for one to one or MindGym sessions. Follow me on twitter, keep checking back or sign up to my mailing list as these are all ways of finding out if I have any offers available.
Where can I find more information
Check my HCPC registeration here www.hcp-uk.org
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