Sarah SteventonAnxiety and Stress Specialist
Solihull, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon

Stress Management and High Performance Coaching. Confidence and Self Esteem

Whether in your sporting life or in your business life, succeeding is important to all of us, it is part of our make up - and utilising powerful performance psychology techniques can give you the edge you are looking for.

Regardless if you are a budding entrepreneur on their way to becoming a self-made millionaire, or the CEO of a major corporation who fears he might be losing out to competitors, our brains react in the same way when under threat.

Helping someone achieve their personal goals, and break through the barriers that are holding them back is hugely rewarding.

Performance Enhancement
Career ladder-climbing
Battles at boardroom level
Entrepreneurship
Life Goals
Group Facilitation
Management Issues

These are just a few of the issues I help individuals to achieve or overcome.

Ultimately we spend a huge amount of our lives at work, so if they are a place of stress - the impact can be significant.
Psychologically, long term work-related stress can cause the onset of mental health conditions like depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, eating disorders, nervous breakdown, even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

We define ourselves by our roles. When you ask someone to tell you about themselves, they generally tell you what they do for a living within the first sentence. If we are not fulfilled in our working life, this can spill over to our home life, and cause stress in many other areas - such as with our children, having a short temper, or even in the bedroom.

Work stress should not be underestimated. Anxiety caused by pressure at work to perform can lead to doubt in our personal lives.

Stress at work is something we all experience to a degree, and can be a positive. It can help us stay motivated and get things done.

It is difficult to know the difference in good stress and bad stress. There is a massive difference - and how you perceive situations can change that.

Stress is at heart a physical reaction of the sympathetic nervous system. When our body perceives there is a threat, it reacts with a 'fight or flight' response, producing larger amounts of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. While the alertness and rush of energy this can provide is useful in a serious crisis and likely served us well historically, it's often not so helpful with most modern daily stressors.

On the other hand, nowadays with our understanding of stress we are more advanced in knowing how to control and limit its onset. In many ways a stress reaction is a choice we make by our decision to see something as either a challenge or manageable. Not always easy to do with just talking - utilising cutting edge techniques can make this a breeze.

Areas that can cause workplace stress:

Lack of clarity of what is being asked of them
Given more work than they can handle or that is outside of their skill set
Being under-trained for their position
Given very high responsibility
Not having any say in what their work is and how to carry it out
Asked to do things within strict or unrealistic time frames
Offered no encouragement and feeling under-valued
Not given access to the right resources to carry out their job
Issues with other colleagues including bullying
A role that conflicts with another person's role
Disorganised change within their organisation
Not allowed to give feedback
Are working too many hours
A job or environment that is unstable
A job that threatens their health or life
Exterior pressures like demanding clients, negative press, a parent company
Sexual harassment

Whatever you want to resolve get in touch with Sarah today


Public Speaking

It is important to understand that your fear of public speaking is simply something that you have learnt to do - you were not born with it and it most certainly is not part of your physiological or psychological make up.

For some clients, this learning takes place during their formative years, typically as a result of an uncomfortable rush of adrenalin when for example, they are asked to read in front of a class at school. This has happened to over 75% of the population, which is why it is the number one phobia/fear in the UK, and has been for several years.

As a result of the fear experienced in that moment, the unconscious mind creates an early warning system to protect us. This system is constantly looking for similar circumstances and when recognised, the unconscious tries to protect us through the use of our autonomic nervous system, i.e. our fight and flight response.

For other clients, after years of confident speeches and presentations, the fear and anxiety suddenly starts to develop and quickly takes hold, and this can be a truly frightening experience.

Typically this occurs when an individual is extremely stressed and that stress peaks during a meeting or presentation. At that moment the unconscious mind is pattern matching back to an event that caused distress in the past...sometimes 20 years ago.

Consciously trying to control a fear of public speaking can be extremely difficult and often ends up making matters worse, and this is because what we focus on we tend to amplify, so trying to think our way out of fear typically leads to us increasing the symptoms.

Then all too often the unconscious starts to widen the criteria for raising the alarm; thus what starts as a fear of presentations can often morph into a fear of smaller or less formal meetings and one to ones.

This is relatively simple to resolve and can usually be sorted in one session.

Cutting edge therapy and a more advanced style of brain coaching gives a powerful combination that helps you overcome any obstacle and be the best version of yourself.


Sports Performance Enhancement

However it isn't just top athletes using mental coaching....anyone with any kind of performance could benefit. If you are spending hours working on your physical performance, it would seem ludicrous not to also work on the other 50%....your mind.

Mental training is one of the most essential elements to achieving optimal performance, and one that is too often underestimated.

The brain can’t distinguish between doing something or imagining doing something so visualising winning a competition can help tune your mind for success. If the human mind is capable of imagining something, it's capable of making it happen.

Our mental attitude towards sports in both competition and training is the difference between just competing and ultimately winning. This is why most top athletes now have mind coaches who work alongside their other coaches to help them reach their true potential.

Sports Hypnosis differs from Sports Psychology in that it works directly with the subconscious part of the brain - the part that controls our behaviour, so it can often be a quicker and more effective than traditional psychology. This means you can retrain both the conscious and unconscious parts of your mind simultaneously to be more focussed and more motivated.

Using a winning combination of the latest cutting edge techniques in sports psychology, along with motivational coaching Hypnosis, NLP modeling and Cognitive Therapy to work on pre-performance set up and performance enhancement can:

Improve your confidence and self-belief
Remove your negative thoughts or beliefs
Increase your motivation and dedication
Maintain your composure and overcome distractions.
Overcome the 'mental blocks'
Enhance your endurance
Prepare you for competing

The greatest athletes in the world are at the top of their game because they have the intense focus necessary to succeed. It is now universally accepted that your mental game is of equal importance, in fact, more important, than the physical side of your sport, regardless of whatever that might be.

The research studies now back up the fact that mental rehearsal increases self-efficacy in many areas of sport and performance. Many elite athletes now have mental coaches who incorporate elements of psychology, NLP and hypnosis, to mentally prepare, or directly employ the expertise of an experienced sports psychologist or hypnotherapist as part of the coaching strategy.

Some really well known athletes have used hypnotherapy, such as Andy Murray, who said he had hypnotherapy prior to winning Wimbledon for the first time.

Tiger Woods, Andrew (Freddie) Flintoff, Mike Tyson, Nigel Benn, WBC Super Middleweight Champion and Frank Bruno, WBC Heavyweight Champion all used Sports hypnosis to increase their performance.

In fact it used to be known as the athletes ultimate secret weapon.....although it isn't really so secret anymore , with most of the top athletes employing the techniques.

Using hypnotherapy for sporting performance can mean the difference between winning and losing.

So whether you’re a professional sportsman or a high achieving enthusiast or simply someone who plays regular sport but just wants to be better, or you need the level of focus to help you find the zone, and are looking to enhance their experience and enjoyment, these techniques can give you the edge.

If you are having trouble staying focused during competition? Lacking in confidence during practice or games? Seem to perform better in practice than in competition? Are looking for a competitive edge? Have you lost confidence or motivation after an injury, or are you just looking for a way to improve your performance? The get in touch today.


 High Performance Coaching. TeamGB

Team GB - Italy September 2017

Dear Sarah
Just returned from Lonato Italy from the 1st Para Sport Shooting World Cup & happy to say the seated team I was in secured Gold. The work we did together has paid dividends & I'm so pleased that I now have the tools to ease the nerves & allow myself to perform.
Thank so much & look forward to working with you during the build up to my next major competition Very best wishes Alec

Alec Sperling
Team GB - Italy September 2017


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