At Integrative Psychology we offer sports related coaching with a difference. Our sports coaching approach is lead by Tra-ill Dowie, a former professional athlete, who competed at a national and international level in combat sports. Mr Dowie has also coached many successful combat athletes. Through his extensive experience Mr Dowie understands not just the demands of high level competition but also the mindset that drives the athlete. At Integrative Psychology our psychologically focused sport coaching involves using theory and research in psychology and related fields in order to allow individuals and teams to increase performance and satisfaction in a board range of endeavors. At Integrative Psychology we can provide a wide range of support and assistance.Including performance support and helping athletes with matters such as:
Management of Anxiety in competition:
This can assist athletes who have difficulty regulating central nervous system activation and arousal in stressful settings.
Attention and Concentration Control:
Mental intensity and concentration is a hallmark of all great athletes. Attention and concentration skills can create strong gains in performance for athletes who struggle to maintain focus or need to expand awareness.
The relationship between teammates and coaching staff is often an under examined element to athletic performance. Communication can improve group cohesion and individual relationships, trust and understanding.
Goal setting a skill commonly employed to enhance motivation, and direct focus and attention on the aspects of performance that are most in need of improvement. Whilst being extremely useful this is often under utilised by athletes and coaching staff.
Imagery, Visualization, Mental Practice:
Mental practice allows for athletes to work through competition and performance by utilising imaginary to generate practice effects through psychological repetition.
Holistic and integrative aspects of athletic pursuits:
Sometimes in athletic pursuits people can experience non-ordinary states and anomalous events. Such experiences often require some room for discussion and normalisation.
Post Injury Depression:
A consequence of serious competition can be serious or career ending injury. A normal part of dealing with such injuries is the psychological distress and difficulty that can often follow. At integrative Psychology we can support you through this difficult time.
Grief and Loss of Career and Identity:
Grief and loss can be a common experience following the end of one’s sporting career. Seeking assistance can help with the adjustment to a new career and in establishing a new found sense of identity.