Jo’s Approach

Why choose to work with Jo?

Read here about Jo’s five key values that form essential ‘ingredients’ for  successful psychology sessions.

Celebrating individuality

You are unique. And, this is a good thing! Every person Jo works with has a unique situation, and a unique set of aspirations, motivational drivers, personality traits, strengths, and development areas. It follows that sport psychology cannot take a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Jo guarantees a bespoke approach, where session content will be tailored to you, your goals, your performance, and your solutions. We’ll celebrate your uniqueness, and maximise your strengths.

Positive regard

You will feel understood. Jo seeks to understand you and your situation with empathy – to see your world through your eyes. No question or concern will be judged or discarded; but welcomed with warmth, truly listened to, and considered carefully. Sport and life inevitably has it’s ups and downs, and Jo aims to create an environment of honesty and openness: where you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings; your highs and lows; and your triumphs and concerns. Not only will this openness feel liberating, but it is essential to moving forward: making peace with or creating solutions for the circumstances in question.

Collaboration

You know the answers. (Yes, you read that right!). Jo believes that Sport Psychology isn’t a passive process or something that is ‘done to’ you. It’s very much a proactive process, where Jo will work in collaboration with you. Your perspectives and ideas will be valued by Jo, and in fact are crucial to successful outcomes. Working with Jo will feel like team-work. Through discussing, exploring and clarifying your beliefs, mindset, feelings, and actions, you may find that create your own solution! Jo is equally happy to guide you on psychological principles, skills, and strategies where appropriate, to fast-track your performance journey. Jo can also collaborate with your support team, such as discussions with your coaches or other sport science professionals; to help support you on a wider level.

Commitment

You will be supported – but you’ll need to commit too!  Jo will 100% commit to passionately helping you to achieve your goals. She will go the extra mile to support your progression, and discuss with you the best way to keep your mental performance ‘on track’: from sending you reminder messages; to arranging bite-size catch-up calls. But, there is no magic wand, and you will need to commit to the journey too! Just like the physical or technical elements of sport, learning to manage your mindset will take dedication and practise. You might for example be encouraged to practise a mental skill between one session and the next, ready to review your thoughts and progress next time. To make positive change, you have to want to change.

Professionalism and Integrity

You are assured a quality and personable service. Jo works under the Gold standard ‘British Psychological Society’ professional code of conduct; she has undertaken 7-years of degree and post-graduate-level training; and her applied experience spans over 25 different sports. Your sessions will be underpinned by evidence-based psychological principles, coupled with Jo’s extensive professional experience. Of equal important is the personal touch that Jo guarantees as an independent practitioner; taking pride in being approachable, personable, and flexible. You won’t get lost as a number within a big organisation: You will be championed as an individual whose goals and progress really do matter.