Being a sportsman/woman can sometimes be a lonely place.
Whilst the highs are great, the lows can be very tough and psychologically damaging.
Even on your way to the top there are so many obstacles that need addressing for you to reach your full and capable potential.
When in such a demanding profession, not everyone will be able to understand or relate to the struggles and issues you may be experiencing, that’s why having someone to share, understand, and help make sense of what is on your mind is truly invaluable.
Having worked in the sports industry for over 15 years as a professional footballer, I have a first-hand insight into the daily struggles that my sporting peers may be facing.
I’ve played with and against international footballers who perform on the world stage and who are also World Cup winners, and I have been witness to them experiencing the highest of highs and lowest of lows.
In my playing career I have experienced major setbacks, such as over 13 operations, a stroke, being released, not being selected for matches, loss of form and career ending injuries. I understand the pressures of high expectations, and have dealt with outside noise from fans, friends and family who may not understand.
Everyone has their own unique journey of getting to a certain goal point in their career. Only a select few, if not any, will truly understand how lonely it can be and how your mind can work overtime.
I work with a range of sports clients to support their mental health and wellbeing.
I provide sports psychotherapy for both elite and amateur professionals from a variety of sporting backgrounds including football, swimming, athletics, cycling, golf, tennis, amongst others.
I support and work with sports professionals on issues that are affecting their everyday life, from sports performance, burnout, managing depression and anxiety, to coping with retirement/transitioning away from sport.
Often it is a combination of both personal and sports related issues that are occurring at the same time with one another, which are subsequently getting in the way of you giving your best to your sporting career and affecting your performance levels.
Why use a Sports Psychotherapist?
Working with a sports psychotherapist can help reduce your mental stress and help you have a more positive outlook on life.
The goal of using a sports psychotherapist is to help you feel better mentally about yourself.
Sometimes all it takes is one informed decision and belief in yourself to ensure your long-term wellbeing.
Think about the things that can help you achieve this in every aspect of your life, however minor they may seem.
My aim is to help you to understand where those feelings arise from, and how you can overcome them moving forward.
Issues professional athletes can experience throughout their career
Feeling isolated is what most sportsmen/women will go through.
There is always a silent conversation we are having with ourselves.
Are we doing the right thing?
Should we be doing the same thing again and again?
Is this what we are passionate about or are we merely doing for the sake of doing it?