What is a Sport and Exercise Psychologist?
A Sport and Exercise Psychologist is an individual who has completed a Master’s degree (MSc) in the field of sport and exercise psychology, is licensed by the Health Care and Professionals Council (HCPC) to practice psychology (PP = Practitioner Psychologist) and has training in performance psychology such as: psychological skills training, team dynamics in sport settings, psychological factors that influence performance, and assessment of psychological and performance variables.
What is the goal of sport psychology?
Working with a sport psychologist can help to unlock your full potential, not only in sport, but also in life. Sport psychology addresses many aspects in sport, essentially aiming athletes toward optimal performance and well-being. You may work very hard on the physical and tactical training that is needed to be successful but may neglect the importance of mental training. We work with athletes on a variety of goals–whether they are looking to become better, getting back to where they once were, or working on recovering from an injury. Ambitus Performance Consultancy wants to help athletes of every age become physically strong and mentally stronger. Learning how to cope in social situations, deal with tough emotions, and be more mindful everyday are just a few of the life skills that athletes will develop.
Is sport and exercise psychology only for elite performers?
The simple answer is no. Sport and exercise psychologists’ work with a wide range of clients, whether it is helping someone with a sedentary lifestyle to increase their physical activity or winning an Olympic medal, psychology can be the difference in the reaching your goals. Ambitus Performance will support clients every step of the way, regardless of your current level of fitness and provide assistance to allow you to perform optimally in life.
Who can call themselves a Sport and Exercise Psychologist?
Each professional possesses a specific set of skills that defines the scope of his or her competencies. In the UK there are many providers that call themselves “sport consultants,” “mental game coaches,” and “high performance coaches,” but none of these individuals are sport and exercise psychologists. In order to use the protected title “sport and exercise psychologist,” an individual must be registered to practice psychology with the Health Care and Professionals Council (HCPC) and they must meet the Standards of Proficiency (SOP’s) for Practitioner Psychologist (PS). The standards of proficiency are the threshold standards necessary for safe and effective practice. These standards play a key role in ensuring that registrants practise safely and effectively. They are the minimum standards considered necessary to protect members of the public.
What do sport and exercise psychologists do?
It varies! Sport and exercise psychologists are well trained to work in applied settings as both performance-enhancement consultants as well as exercise psychology consultants. They can teach mental skills, conduct research, work with team/coaches/athletic staff, present or lead workshops, teach, or do programme development to name a few. Sport and exercise psychologists can work in private practice, at universities, for sport organizations, in counselling centres, for healthcare systems, or in the military, among many other settings.
How much will it cost?
At Ambitus Performance we give considerable time and thought to establishing a fair, affordable and agreed fee schedule for every client. This means we operate a sliding fee schedule that takes into consideration the individual circumstances, budget and working status of our clients. We aim to provide potential clients with a competitive and value-driven price that is reflective of the high quality service we offer. Travel fees may apply for long distance meetings. Click here to get in touch for a quote
Where will the consultations take place?
Consultations are available face-to-face, on the phone, online, and via Skype. At Ambitus Performance we understand that our lives are constantly getting busier, which is why we schedule our appointments around you. We provide a mobile service that covers the South East, Kent and locations further a field if required. It is not uncommon for meetings to take place in sports clubs, employers' premises, the client's home, clinical settings and fitness centres. We also have access to meeting rooms in Hastings, East Sussex should the client wish to come and visit us.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a sport and exercise psychologist?
Developing mutually beneficial relationships. Most people that become sport and exercise psychologists already have a love for sport and exercise before they start. To work with people who are struggling with one thing or another and know you have the knowledge base to help them overcome personal or athletic challenges is great feeling. When you start to see these improvements happen gradually over time it becomes super inspiring and humbling to know sport psychology can make such a big difference.
What can I expect the sport psychology sessions to be like?
We work with athletes and youth athletes one-on-one. We can also work with parents, communicating progress and ensuring parents are comfortable with the process. During the sessions, athletes can expect to do a variety of activities such as worksheets, games, one-on-one talking sessions, and also parent and athlete sessions.
How do I approach sport psychology with my child?
Seeing a sport psychologist should never be seen as a weakness. The stigma once associated with sport psychology only being for ‘problem athletes’ is long gone. Psychology is now seen as increasingly vital to winning and having a sport psychologist is just as valuable as having a strength and conditioning coach. These days in every major sports club up and down the country they will employ a sport psychologist as an integrated member of their sport science team. Introducing sport psychology to your child early on will stand them in good steed for any future challenges they may face. The best way introduce the idea of sport psychology to your child would be to inquire about one of our starter workshops. Click here. This is a great way for not only your child, by also yourself, to get a well-rounded taster of what it’s all about. This will show your child that the brain is just another muscle that needs training and a sport psychology session is the means to do just that. Furthermore, establishing a safe and confidential space where their teammates, coaches, and other parents do not know about their attendance or what is being discussed in the sessions unless you want to tell them. The sessions are not just about sitting and talking as if they’re where in a classroom at school. They will be doing a variety of activities such as worksheets, games, and learning life skills in a fun and interactive way.
What happens in the first session?
The first session is an initial assessment in which we will ask you questions about any areas you would like to work on and will ask you to complete some short questionnaires. We will also give you some more information about the services on offer and ask you to complete a short client information form. The aim is to establish the goals you have, the expectations from the sessions and discuss confidentiality agreements. Later you will then partake in an in-depth needs assessment concerning your strengths, areas for improvement and opportunities for development.
Are the sessions confidential?
Yes, anything said within the session is completely confidential. However, if during the course of the sessions we have any concerns that you may harm yourself or another person (or there are concerns about potential harm from others), or if any safeguarding issues arise, then we will have to break confidentiality and inform you of our decision to do so.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require a minimum of 48 hours notice for a cancellation; otherwise you will be charged for the session. If there is a medical emergency that results you in missing the session then this fee will be waived.
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