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  • Sport psychologist: experiences?

    Has anyone done some sport psychotherapy? If so, what issues did they help you resolve? Did it help with your focus, better your ride, etc? Success stories (and the not so good ones, too, please!)?
    Thanks!
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    I haven't been to one, but I wish I had after a really bad fall two years ago.

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      yes. with a licensed psychologist that specializes in working with riders, and shows her horse in jumpers (I do h/j). the initial reason that I went was to resolve fear stemming from a couple of bad falls, and some related problems of focus/mental toughness in the show ring, dealing with show nerves, a big finals class, etc. its made an amazing difference! fear is no longer an issue, and my brain is working much better in the ring

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        I have a show in 2 weeks, and thinking about it now makes breathing interesting. LOL
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          Could you elaborate a bit more?

          Originally posted by Ray View Post
          yes. with a licensed psychologist that specializes in working with riders, and shows her horse in jumpers (I do h/j). the initial reason that I went was to resolve fear stemming from a couple of bad falls, and some related problems of focus/mental toughness in the show ring, dealing with show nerves, a big finals class, etc. its made an amazing difference! fear is no longer an issue, and my brain is working much better in the ring
          In what ways did you feel more focused and in control? How was therapy done? Was it conversed, like regular therapy, or are there other methods (like hypnosis, neurofeedback, etc)?

          Sorry so curious but I am considering maybe going to a sport psychologist, not because I have any issues (at least that I'm aware of), but because I've heard it helps a great deal with focusing, concentration and memorizing movements/reflexes. I will do whatever it takes to get better at this sport...

          Anybody else have any experience?
          Thanks
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            Originally posted by faraway46 View Post
            In what ways did you feel more focused and in control? How was therapy done? Was it conversed, like regular therapy, or are there other methods (like hypnosis, neurofeedback, etc)?
            The sessions were a mix of "talk therapy", some self-calming exersizes and EMDR (done with tones, not eye movement). during the EMDR, I visualized the perfect trip. I found the overall effect to be very empowering - ie that I can be in charge of what happens in the ring, its not all up to my horse or luck or what have you. and that there are very pragmatic steps to take control of my prep for a show so that I am more focused and feel mentally ready. the work also helped me to be more able to "flush" when things went wrong, ie get past the one bad fence to focus on the next one.

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            • #7
              How do you find a sports psychologist? I am in Oregon. I am looking for one, perhaps one that has some knowledge of equestrian sports at the very least.

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              • #8
                I went to one, who did mainly hypnosis and visualization. I went from being a wimp over ground poles to jumping 3'3". In the wind. In the rain. It was the most amazing feeling. He didn't know a thing about equestrian sports, but he knew how to help me tap into my strengths, so that what was mattered.

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                • #9
                  Try Tonya Johnston. You can Google her or find her on Facebook. She does a great clinic on focus, visualization and some other "tricks"
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                  • #10
                    I have spoken to Margie Sugarman on and off for over 8 years. If anyone wants contact info I can give it to you (she works over the phone as well). She is incredible. I have worked with her for a number of things, mostly fear and my perfectionism standing in my own way. She is great she helps a lot just by talking, but she also uses affirmations and hypnotism (which is incredible). She helps me with a lot of breathing exercises and visualization and I guess "tricks" as horsegurl said would be the easiest way to describe it. She is a rider so knows many tricks that can help you ride and your position. For example I was having trouble keeping my fingers closed and it was really bothering me and I jsut couldn't mentally make myself fix it so she told me to put rubberbands around my hands when I rode for a little while which caused muscle memory to take over and now my fingers are much better. She has helped with a lot more then just that but its the easiest example. She also works with the majority of the top junior riders today and in the past, as well as quite a few professionals. She is really great and worth a shot if you have the chance.

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