Sarah SteventonAnxiety Specialist & Psychotherapist
Warwick, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Warwickshire Specialist Anxiety Centre

Neuropsychology for peak performance

The individuals I work with are continually needing to make high stake decisions in high pressure situations.

They generally work in sectors that face unusual levels of stress - Banking, Finance, Private Equity, VC, Legal and Tech.

The majority of high-achieving individuals know where they want to be, and what they want to achieve - they don't require traditional or standard coaching methodologies.

This unique style of working utilises the combination of Neuropsychology in tandem with neuroplasticity to achieve peak performance.

Brain plasticity, known as 'Neuroplasticity', is a term that refers to the brain's ability to change, adapt and rewire itself. Neuro refers to neurons, the nerve cells that are the building blocks of the brain and nervous system, and plasticity refers to the brain's malleability.

The human brain has around 86 billion neurons. Early researchers believed that neurogenesis, or the creation of new neurons, stopped shortly after birth, today however we know that the brain possesses the remarkable capacity to reorganise pathways, create new connections, and in some cases, even create new neurons—a concept called neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity.

The brain is continually adapting and change - this is how we learn new skills, information, language etc

We can use this phenomenon to regulate emotion, which in turn optimises brain function to operate more effectively. When emotions are regulated, you gain clarity, increase creativity and improve cognitive ability.

With this powerful work we can create new neural pathways that allow a chosen response to any given situation - obviously particularly useful when you work in high pressure environments!

At speed we can build confidence, remove ‘Imposter Syndrome’, create more self-belief, dissolve anxiety, or overcome self-limiting beliefs - essentially removing any blocks that get in the way of achieving future goals and ultimately your success.

This gives any individual a truly competitive advantage.

Research also shows that positively-wired brains can boost productivity by up to 31%, and are three times more creative than negatively wired ones. Several clients have likened this work to the film 'Limitless'.

At every point results can be felt instantly.

Tangible differences are immediately obvious and continue to show through into daily lives.

Previous clients testify to the impact not only on their performance, but also on their bottom line.

This link will take you to Sarah's dedicated website for this area of work, Psychological Capital Group.

Public Speaking

Your fear of public speaking is purely down to a pattern that has been created in a specific part of the brain.

For some clients, this imprint takes place during their formative years, typically as a result of an uncomfortable rush of adrenaline 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.

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