I work as a Sport & Exercise Psychologist and Performance Coach in Ireland.
I hold an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (1st class honours) from the Institute for Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) at University of Wales, Bangor (2012). I am a Level 2 Accredited Athlete and Coach Education Tutor with Coaching Ireland since 2008 and also hold a BSc in Physical Education from University of Limerick (2003). I also have technical qualifications in the coaching of hurling, gaelic football, basketball and soccer.
I offer a broad variety of support using a cognitive behavioral approach to addressing issues across various areas of sport and exercise psychology including
(1) Motivation for sport and exercise,
(2) Anxiety, performance stress & motor control
(3) Relaxation & deep breathing
(4) Effective goal setting
(5) Mental Skills Training (visualisation / self-talk)
(6) Team building & group cohesion.
(7) Injury and Rehabilitation
(8) Post Career Transition
My MSc thesis focused on the area of best use of psychological cues (self talk and attentional focus cues) for developmental and elite performance athletes in closed skill sporting tasks (eg golf, rugby goal kicking, gaelic football and hurling free taking, snooker, basketball). Soon to be published results reveal new and exciting thinking in the field of sport psychology.
Recently, I have acted as a sport psychologist to Irish international athletes (junior and senior) including former Olympians and national senior athletics champions. I have also acted in a sport psychology support capacity to inter-county senior hurlers and footballers.
Previously, I have acted as a skills and strength & conditioning coach with numerous GAA teams from youth development to senior inter-county level. I have a healthy interest in all sports and have played hurling and soccer to high levels. I have also played golf, gaelic football, rugby, basketball and badminton competitively.