Sports Psychology is about understanding more about yourself and how you function in a sports environment.
Performing under pressure – giving your best on demand, at the right time can be very stressful. Stress and performance anxiety can have such a detrimental effect on your performance, and drastically reduce your ability.
How I work
Working on a one-to-one basis, can help you to understand what impacts on you as an athlete, and to learn about coping strategies, as well as discovering the root causes of issues that are causing concern for you.
As a Grand prix dressage competitor and former show jumper myself, I am aware of how much stress and planning goes into each and every performance. Understanding more about yourself, increasing your self-awareness, and how you function under pressure has a huge effect on how you and your horse work together as a partnership.
Classical Dressage Coach
As a classical dressage trainer, for many years, my philosophy is to fix things before taking them into the saddle. I work with riders to help with body function and mental process, unblocking negative thought patterns, which can help so much with being stuck.
A partnership with a horse is very special. Taking time to really notice what is going on for you in relation to the horse develops self-awareness and helps you to understand how you function.
Developing your relationship with your horse influences how you cope under pressure at competitions, hacking out, and knowing that your horse understands you and your aids is crucial to developing trust between you and for quick reactions when needed.
Individual lessons available on a freelance basis. Lessons start from £45 plus travel. Please contact me for details.
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I am a therapeutic counsellor with an equestrian background. I combine these skills to help you to get the best out of your relationship with your horse.
Building a better relationship with your horse is about how you work as a team. . Sessions will include ‘talking therapy’ without the horse, to gain self-awareness and to explore issues going on for you. We will also work with your horse, to improve how you function together.
Understanding your Horse
Horses are very aware of non-verbal communication- our body language, how calm and confident we are, or not. This applies to all aspects of horsemanship – whether we are riding or handling them, or simply in their presence. They pick up things about ourselves we are not even aware of!
What happens in sessions?
We can discuss what comes up for you, and time will be spent on common issues that can turn horsemanship from a pleasurable experience into a nightmare! Talking about strategies and a game-plan off the horse in a calm environment can help you to work through problems before putting them into practice.
I can offer a ‘package deal’ of 6 sessions, for example, starting and finishing with you on your own to notice and understand the change in your relationship with your horse.
50 minute sessions cost £40 each in the ‘package deal’ (travel costs may apply)
Equine Assisted Counselling
Horses are great counsellors. Equine assisted counselling is about the horse being part of the therapy session, alongside me, or I can work with you and your own horse. At our initial session, we can discuss if horses would be of support to you in your individual counselling process.