FAQ

Appointments are available from Tuesday to Saturday, from 8am to 7pm.
Please send your questions to info@performancepsychology.com.au

Yes – We consult with individuals of all ages.

No, you don’t need a GP referral before coming to see a psychologist. Just give us a call and make an appointment.

Payment is made on the day of your appointment. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, VISA and MasterCard.

If you cancel your appointment and give at least 48 hours cancellation notice then no fee will be charged. If you give us less than 48 hours’ notice AND we cannot find another client to take your appointment time then you will be charged the full fee for your missed appointment. The sooner you can let us know you cannot make an appointment the more likely we can find someone else to take the appointment time.

Some private health plans cover psychology and the level of rebate varies, so check with your own company to see what the rebate will be. You cannot claim private health on Medicare rebated sessions.

No. You can book in for an appointment without a referral. However, Medicare rebates only apply to referrals by a GP (if part of a mental health care plan referral), psychiatrist or paediatrician.

Approximately 45 minutes. For your initial session please arrive at least ten minutes before your appointment start time to read and complete the client information and consent forms.

Performance excellence consulting and mental skills training does not take the place of physical practice and hard work and does not provide a quick fix or instant success. Individuals need to be willing to practice skills and to follow through if the consult is to be successful. Some skills, like goal setting, are typically in addition to physical training, as a part of the season prep and the ongoing season analysis process. For other skills, like focus and concentration, skills learning may start off the bike but ultimately the goal is to integrate the use of the skills into physical training so that the athlete is training the mental and physical aspects of peak performance together.

Mental skills training is a process of learning skills and techniques for managing different aspects of performance. Like physical skills, everyone has natural skill strengths and weaknesses. Skill training focuses on identifying important skills, showing individuals how they relate to performance, and teaching techniques and methods for learning and practicing these skills. The following is a basic list of some of the more common topics areas that are a part of mental skills training.

  • Stress and anxiety management
  • Arousal control
  • Time management/ life balance
  • Self-talk
  • Goal setting
  • Concentration enhancement and distraction control
  • Self-confidence and self esteem work
  • Training adherence/ motivation
  • Staleness and burnout prevention
  • Mental preparation and performance planning
  • Communication
  • Coaching education and enhancement
  • Positive sport parenting education
  • Sport psychology education
  • Individual and team performance evaluation review
  • Coach and parent education
  • Team unity/ team building
  • Executive coaching

The mind has the power to either enhance or hurt athletic performance. No matter how hard or how well an individual trains, the mind is always along for the ride. Most people neglect or forget about the mental component until negative thoughts, self doubt or anxiety becomes a problem in competitive settings. Understanding how one’s own mind impacts his or her performance and learning to control and flex these ‘mental muscles’ will help the athlete reduce such problems. Furthermore, working on skills such as concentration, goal setting, and energy management will not only help enhance personal performance at race time, but will also help the athlete get more out of routine training as well.

  • Athletes of All Abilities & Ages
  • Coaches
  • Parents
  • Officials
  • Musicians
  • Dancers
  • Actors
  • Business Executives & Employees
  • Anyone looking to improve performance through the integration of mind and body.

In short, sport psychology is the study of how sport impacts people and how an individual’s mental skills impact his or her physical performance.