Mental Skills Training
Taylor uses Evidence Based Applied Performance Psychology to assist athletes in advancing to even greater levels of performance. In devising a mental skills training plan that is best suited to each individual, clients become confident in their effectiveness, and more understanding of their unique tolerance of the extreme pressures and difficulties within high performance careers. Having represented New Zealand on the world stage as a competitive skier, Taylor can personally relate to these demands, which fuels her desire to help others travelling down a similar path all the more.
Taylor works with teams as a whole, as well as with individuals within a team. Mental skills training is structured into FOUR phases:
Observation phase: Understanding psychological strengths, weaknesses and areas which need work within a team and across individuals. Building rapport with athletes, coaches and parents
Educational phase: Psychological skills are being learned and practiced.
Acquisition phase: Focusing on strategies and techniques for learning different psychological skills. This aspect of mental skills training needs to be tailored to meet individual needs.
Practice phase: Transferring of psychological skills from practice and simulated situations to actual competitions. The focus should be on making mental skills automatic.
ONE ON ONE:
When working with Taylor one-on-one in the context of sport and performance, sessions are broken into four main phases.
- Observation phase: During this phase, Taylor works to understand the individual and their own psychological strengths and weaknesses, building rapport with the athletes, their coaches and parents.
- Educational phase: This phase sees the applicable psychological skills and methods being learned and put into practice.
- Acquisition phase: Once at this stage, the focus weighs heavily on strategies and techniques for learning different psychological skills, and is an aspect of mental skills training that is carefully tailored to meet the individual’s needs.
- Practice phase: The final phase of assistance sees the client transferring the psychological skills from a place of practice, to simulated situations, and eventually taking them into actual competitions. The goal here is to make the newly acquired mental skills automatic, or second nature.
TW Workshops can be customised for athletes, and also parents of athletes and coaches. Workshops are both educational and pragmatic, with each workshop customised to honour and work with individual needs.
Workshop topics may include:
- Cognitive Conditioning
- Applied Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT) for Athletes
- Process over Outcome
- Automaticity: The Bridge between Practice & Performance
- Optimising Stress for Optimal Performance: Arousal Regulation
- Cognitive Reappraisal
- Actors On: ‘The Body Drives The Mind’