I was involved in many sports since a young age but started
playing badminton at the age of 16. After initial success, I found
myself overwhelmed when I entered new settings and new levels.
It was my own mindset that held me back. Once I realised this,
that was all the motivation I needed to get me started. Since then I have committed myself to understanding the functions of the mind, the all-important role it plays in performance and how best it can be trained so that performers can deliver excellence when it counts.
I've provided psychological support and expertise in a lot of different sports, such as: athletics, triathlon, football, climbing, cycling, weightlifting, ice skating, badminton, squash, wushu, and sailing.
The lessons learnt in elite sport can be transferred easily to corporate settings too, and high-performing corporate individuals are indeed "corporate athletes". It's still a high-performance setting and this is a growing & developing part of the work that I do.
2009 - 2012
BACHELOR'S IN SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
2013 - 2015
MASTER'S IN SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
PRACTICUM IN RATIONAL-EMOTIVE AND COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOR THERAPY
2017 - Present
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY CANDIDATE
My degree was obtained from Coventry University (UK) in which I developed an understanding of psychology, sport sciences, coaching, human development, research and also doing sport psychology practice. This course was one of the first BSc courses to be accredited with the British Psychological Society. I didn't do a BSc in Psychology because I knew Sport Psychology was my true passion when I began my undergrad studies.
Distinction MSc from Staffordshire University (UK) where I developed a solid foundation in psychology practice, theory, and research. This qualification is accredited by the British Psychological Society which ensured the standard of the course. My MSc research was published internationally as a peer-reviewed journal, and book chapter.
Received primary training, guidance, and was examined by two leaders in the field - Prof Windy Dryden and Dr Richard Bennett in RECBT. Advanced training overseen by the leaders in RE-CBT from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York. I developed applied practice skills and specific techniques to assist individuals to become more rational in the face of adversity. REBT and CBT are highly researched and supported methods so this training was truly world-class.
I am studying the mechanisms and role of rational perspectives and it's influence on developing the psychological resilience and well-being in elite performers. This is a highly important topic and myself and colleagues are the focus point for this specific line of research, practice, and commentary.