Zoe is based in South West London. Zoe is a Trainee Sport and Exercise Psychology consultant, working with both individual and team sports. Zoe has experience working within elite and amateur settings; previous sports she has worked with include rugby, trampolining, basketball, tennis, badminton, fencing, horse riding and swimming. She currently specialises in corporate leadership programmes, while also lecturing at UWE, Bristol on the Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Zoe is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is currently in the process to becoming a chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, under the supervision of Dr Stewart Cotterill (a registered HCPC Psychologist and Head of Department at AECC). Zoe set up, and now manages, the BPS Southern Hub for Sport Psychologists.
Zoe’s passion for sport was first realised through her love for horse riding; having ridden since the age of four, Zoe continues to ride and compete regularly. Eventing is her main sporting passion, having competed up to Intermediate and FEI CIC***. She also likes the occasional challenge in the form of a half marathon or triathlon.
Zoe is also a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA). She has also completed her Certificate in Golf Psychology Coaching, as well as the BHS stage III with distinction. Zoe is also a Mindflick Spotlight accredited practitioner, able to deliver personality profiling to her clients. Zoe has done work for Shine TV and ITV.
One to one consultations can be a great way to underpin exactly what is going on and work on individual ways to improve performance. The initial session will generally involve a discussion of the athlete’s background in sport, where the athlete is currently at in terms of performance, strengths, future aims and areas that need development.
Individual sessions usually take between 45minutes-1hour. Sessions can be as frequent as the client deems suitable; whether this is weekly, monthly or based upon the season.
Workshops are a brilliant way to increase exposure to the concepts in sport psychology such as confidence, focus and arousal.
The workshops are based around discussions of a main topic and can include tasks and group interaction. Each workshop can be tailored to the clients needs in terms of duration and topic; Zoe also plans and runs workshops independently for clients who enjoy the workshops targeting pre/post and during the season. Workshops can be a great way to supplement individual consultations too.
A common misconception of sport psychology is that its just for the athletes themselves… This is not the case! Our workshops can be suitable and tailored for parents, coaches, physio’s and obviously, the athletes themselves.
Working with teams often comprises of an integration of workshops and one to one sessions, ensuring the entire team have access to sport psychology, including physio’s, coaches, nutritionists and parents to ensure a holistic and cohesive approach to the athletes and teams progression.
Zoe previously worked with Harlequin's rugby, designing and implementing the Sport Psychology programme for the academy.
Common considerations with teams include:
· Working on team cohesion; group relationships and attitudes
· Team goal setting; individual and team focussed goals
· Improving team confidence
· Learning about mental skills; improve focus, arousal, motivation and skill acquisition
· Arousal management
· Career transition support; junior to senior, senior to career exiting
· Injury prevention and rehabilitation
· Ensuring good team communication