Sports Mind Coaching

Do you feel you’ve got stuck?

Do you get competition nerves?

Lost some confidence, or want more confidence?

Want to work on those “mind over matter” difficulties and mind based trip-ups?

With any sport, you have got all the techniques organised, practiced to the point of gaining muscle memory, and yet there’s something that’s stopping you from progressing.  You may or may not know what or why, which hypnotherapy can help with.

Using mind coaching and clinical hypnotherapy techniques you could review what’s stopping you progressing, work on that area and move on positively.


I’ve worked with sports people of all ages, covering sports and events such as Iron-man competitors, horse riders, rugby players, carriage drivers, golfers with the yips and cyclists.  The sessions covered such areas as lost confidence, putting accuracy, confidence, fear of swimming in open water, annoyances on the golf course, regaining confidence after an injury and being too competitive.

Below are some client experiences, please contact me if you’d like to discuss how sports mind coaching and hypnotherapy could help you.


Client Story & feedback


Golfers and those horrible yips

“I worked with Louise of Vale Hypnotherapy to give my golf game more consistency and improve my putting, using mind coaching and clinical hypnotherapy techniques.   This was done over 2 sessions.  During the sessions I felt relaxed and in control at all times.

A fellow golfer recommended Louise to me.  I found Louise to be friendly, approachable and highly professional.  I am delighted with the results and my confidence in my game has been restored.  I am happy to recommend Louise and mind coaching/clinical hypnotherapy.  ”


Triathlete feedback and history 

“I had been training hard for a triathlon and then  had a very traumatic panic attack during an open water  swim.   It came completely out of the blue as I am a really  confident swimmer and totally knocked my confidence to the  point where I decided that despite 4 months of training I  would not be able to take part in the event. I  didn’t understand why it had happened and just  couldn’t rid myself of the feeling that it would  happen again.
Louise was recommended personally and I phoned to  enquire if she would be able to help me. She took a lot of  time to ask me what had happened and how I was feeling.  It  was a huge relief to just talk it through.   Our conversation took place on the phone and I really felt that I could  trust Louise and that she would be able to support me.  I decided the sessions would be an investment in my mental health and therefore money well spent.
What followed was an hour’s phone discussion.  Louise talked me through my experience and although I am  still not sure how the process works it  helped  immensely.
Not only did I end the hour with confidence that  I could go back to swimming, a sport that I love, but that I  would also complete the triathlon.
Louise introduced me to  ways to visualise and approach the swim. On the day of  my triathlon a friend offered to stay with me on the open water swim. With her beside me and the tips that Louise had  given me I never doubted that I would be able to complete
it. I can’t say it was totally fun but it wasn’t  awful and I felt strong and positive.
I have continued to compete in triathlons. I still don’t find the swim easy but use the techniques and confidence that Louise gave me to work through it.”

Below are two examples of sports mind coaching, one is golf and the other is horseriding .

News feature:  fear of own horse 

Hypnotherapy and fear of own horse

How Darren Clarke won the Open (with Bob Rotella)

Darren Clarke’s Open win – how he did it


Sports Performance – GOLF

  • Just how frustrating can golf make you?
  • That length golf putt that you just can’t hole
  • That golf chip and putt, that drive
  • Those obstacles in your way – stopping you from enjoying your game of golf further!

There are those physical obstacles and the psychological ones – is one ruling the golfing roost at the moment?

You may call it the yips, messing up a shot you know you’ve nailed before, many times.  Does one golf shot may mess up your enjoyment / performance of your whole game of golf?  And the most annoying thing is, that you know what you want to do!  Then there’s the added element called pressure, that effect that makes you seemingly fail or yip or flunk out.

Enjoy your golf

Being on the golf course could just be sheer enjoyment for yourself, enjoy being outside, with your friends, enjoy the solitude even, the nature around. You decide whether or not to be bothered what your golf scorecard says!

  • Golf Clubs – friends or foes?
  • Putting or off putting?
  • Driving rather than hooking?
  • Pitch perfect?
  • Golf scorecard or pressure cooker?
  • Golf competitions – calm & collected?
  • Slicing that shot?
  • Yipping?
  • Increased enjoyment of your game of golf?
  • Being in the golf zone as appropriate?
  • Leaving less than good golf shots behind you?
  • It’s just so damned frustrating!
  • Being aware of the positive parts of your game and developing them further ?
  • Putting any negatives in their place / in the past?
  • Better management of obstacles – physical and psychological?
  • Playing off realistic expectations?
  • Rough shots – sort out then walk on to next shot positively?
  • 1 to 18 holes – enjoy your game of golf or continue to be FRUSTRATED?
  • 19th hole – you’ve got there, so now do you want to review your golf game positively?
  • Golf scorecard – going from 9 to the dreaded 10?


Horse riding

Would you like to have more confidence riding your horse?

  • Have you lost some of your confidence riding?
  • Has your horse had a bit of a reaction and left you less confident?
  • Got a new horse and need to build up confidence with the new changes?

Horse riding is all about confidence, both for the rider and horse, one being able to communicate between each other so effortlessly.  When this partnership is positive, it’s very positive.  However, when it’s gone wrong or not quite as it needs to be, then you can have a nervous rider and horse.

I have worked with clients regarding horse riding confidence, training and learning with the right teacher, buying decisions and feeling more confident with horses in general,