Sport Psychology Services in Gold Coast

What is Sport Psychology?

Motivation. Focus. Resilience. Persistence. There are many psychological factors that impact athletic performance. 

Sport psychology interventions are designed to assist individual athletes and teams to reach and maintain their peak performance. This is done through the use of sport psychology assessments and individualized psychological skills training programs. 

Sport psychology isn’t a service only struggling athletes should seek. Many athletes use mental skills training programs to take their performance to the next level. Improving psychological skills can also help preventing performance issues such as burnout or choking under pressure.

 

Who Would Benefit from Sport Psychology?

Athletes of all levels and fields would benefit from sport psychology interventions. One particular group who would most benefit from mental skills training is adolescent and young adult athletes. Trainings and competitions can be challenging for developing minds and quite often young athletes who have significant talent are lost in the journey to the peak because they are not taught how to cope with mistakes, anxiety, or poor self-esteem.

Motivation
Attention & decision making
Burnout
Anxiety
Resilience
Mental toughness

Self-Confidence
Commitment
Emotional Regulation
Coping with Pressure
Pre-Competition Preparedness

Self-Training Mindset
Sport Parenting Education
Communication
Team Cohesion
Leadership

THE PROCESS

Goal Setting

A very important part of therapy is setting your specific goals. Treatment goals are set in the first or second session and are based on what you would like to achieve.

Progress

Once goals are established, we do not “set and forget”. Your progress toward these goals – and your overall well-being – is monitored each session. This can be done through the completion of formal questionnaires and discussions with the Psychologists.

Length of Therapy

The length of therapy depends on different factors – such as how long the problem has been there, how complex the problem is, how often you attend therapy, and how active you are in the therapy process.

CHILD AND TEEN MENTAL HEALTH

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES

The structure of therapy depends on your goals and preferred therapy style. All of our approaches are based on techniques that have strong evidence for improving well-being.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been found to be most successful in treating a range of conditions including depression, anxiety, and daily stress. It is the foundation for most psychological therapy. This technique works by helping people to identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and feelings which underly problem behaviours.
Over the years, the use of CBT has been adapted to help a wider range of individuals. Variations of this approach includes:

Mindfulness-based (M-CBT) – combines cognitive therapy with meditation and mindfulness practices.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – teaches the skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively and helps to clarify your values in order to guide you to change your life for the better.
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) – involves the use of approaches intended to bolster self-compassion. It is an effective treatment for shame and self-criticism.
Trauma focused CBT is (TF-CBT) – is the recommended treatment approach for individuals recovering from trauma

Accidents & Injuries

Schema Therapy

A “schema” is a long-standing negative pattern of thinking and behaviour that develops during childhood or adolescence. This negative thinking/behaviours are reinforced throughout an individual’s life through their thoughts, beliefs, actions and relationships. Schema Therapy is an integrative model because of therapy which draws on techniques from cognitive therapy, behaviorism, attachment theory, emotion-focused and relationship-based therapies.

Compassion-focused Therapy

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging people in treatment to be compassionate toward themselves and other people. CFT is grounded in understanding of basic emotion regulation systems: the threat and self-protection system, the drive and excitement system, and the contentment and social safeness system.
Treatment sessions highlight the association between these systems and human thought and behavior. The aim of CFT is to bring these three affect systems into balance.

Solution-Focused Problem Solving

Solution-Focused Problem Solving is used to help people overcome their difficulties by focusing on solutions and their strengths. This type of therapy is usually briefer and directed toward very specific goals.

Family Therapy

Family therapy addresses specific issues affecting the health and functioning of a family. It can be used to help a family through a difficult period of time, a major transition, or mental or behavioural health problems in family members.