What should I expect from a first appointment?
A lot of people already know what they would like to work on so I let them take the lead, then we discuss how we will proceed together with a plan specifically tailored to their needs. If you're not sure that's not a problem either, we will simply talk through the different mental skills that are important to career success and discover what we can work on together. I take a very relaxed approach; I want you to feel comfortable. What you choose to share is up to you!
How many appointments will I need to have?
This is completely up to you! Some people find they can gain the progress they are looking for from only one or two sessions whereas others find it more useful to make regular appointments (once a week or fortnight) to develop a more extensive repertoire of skills. I find the best strategy is to book in for a number of weekly appointments (perhaps 3-8 depending on what you would like to work on) and book further appointments on an ad-hoc basis as the need arises.
How much do you charge?
A one hour appointment is only $100 ($80 student rate available, but only via Skype). I know how expensive it can be developing your craft, so I like to keep it affordable.
Shouldn't I be able to do this by myself?
It's a common mistake to think that when it comes to our brains, we should be able to manage it ourselves and that there is something 'wrong' with us if we can't. Performance coaching isn't about 'fixing' you - it's about learning new skills that make your performing more enjoyable and more successful. For the most part, the dysfunctional habits we develop are the result of not knowing a better technique, or not understanding the full impact of our choices or actions. You can try to figure out a better way by yourself (a lot of people employ a haphazard trial and error approach where each tries to reinvent the wheel on their own) or you can rely on scientifically supported, reputable techniques for a targeted approach to fast tracking your mental development. A great deal of professional performers rely on professional assistance in preparing their mental game (not least of all sporting professionals!).
Why is sports psychology relevant to performers?
There are many similarities between athletes and performers: striving for the pinnacle of their field, being able to perform well under pressure in the public eye, remaining calm and executing fine motor skills under great levels of pressure. These similarities make the integration of sports psychology for performing artists invaluable. However, the artistic pursuit is in many ways different from sports and its 'performers' have different needs and sensibilities. With this in mind, I adapt sports psychology techniques to suit the performing artist. That’s not to say that a sports psychologist couldn't also be useful, provided they also understand what it is to be a performing artist!
If there are other questions you would like answered, please don't hesitate to contact me, I am here to help!