The Psychology of Sport

We know that a healthy mind-body connection is what creates success in life, in any area.  As stress levels rise, the body can suffer, which leads to performance issues.
Through application of neuroscience findings, tried and tested techniques, athletes are better equipped and able to perform to higher standards on the pitch.  And by addressing the limitations within the mind, performance can improve in any and all of the following areas...

  • Motivation and Inspiration
  • Focus and Concentration
  • Imagination and Repetition
  • Team Dynamics
  • Confidence
  • Breaking through Barriers
  • Improving Performance under Pressure
  • Self-regulation, Mindfulness while playing
  • Consistency
  • Endurance
  • Rapid Decision Making
  • Leadership Skills
The Science
We know that a healthy, coherent mind is what makes a naturally talented athlete a good or even great player.  Over the past few decades especially, psychologists have begun to more deeply understand how the training of the brain can facilitate changes within the mind and body, allowing athletes to enhance performance, become smarter players, and overcome limits that were thought improbable or impossible. So while we spend time training the physical body, training the mind and emotional responses are necessary parts of the coaching and training process.
The Model
Jennifer’s approach is based on talking-therapy techniques and coaching, and is a holistic, person-centered approach.  Individuals will be given time to understand and resolve issues that are contributing to and/or creating adverse affects, as well as develop a plan of action to continue with the progress between sessions.
Within the coaching aspect of the sessions, the individual is encouraged to co-create a plan of action, so that it aligns with the particular personality of the individual, and fully addresses the needs and desired outcomes.

My background and inspiration
I played a variety of sports growing up (recreationally, and for my school), including volleyball, softball, basketball, and understand the pressures to perform, for myself and for my team.  I have experienced a range of success, from undefeated seasons, to unexpected losses, and understand how poor results and disappointment can effect the mindset of a player. 
Over the years, I have worked through my own issues around competition, pressure, disappointment, and consistency, which all contribute to performance and wellbeing in an athlete. 
I have also benefitted enormously from playing sports, and being part of a team.  I know that as we work through our fears and the stress of performing, we are better able to embrace opportunities for all-round growth.  Playing on a team provides a unique opportunity to evolve in multiple areas at once (physically, emotionally, socially) and that providing an opportunity to deeply engage is a gift.  My hope is to help remove barriers to fully embracing the opportunity to play at a competitive level, while being supported by a team that players are able to honour and appreciate.