Ed Williams

I first attempted to swim between Ireland and Scotland in August 2014 but was unsuccessful due to taking hundreds of jellyfish stings. I was absolutely devastated and the failure affected me for a very long time.

In August 2016 I returned to try again and this time I was successful. I was physically as fit as last time, there were still jellyfish but the big difference was my mind. I had been working with Helen Davis on my psychology and in doing so felt ten times stronger on the day enabling me to succeed and achieve my dream.  I highly recommend Helen to anyone looking to develop their mind to achieve life- changing results in sport.

Ed Williams is a Marathon and Endurance Swimmer. Ed has completed numerous swims including the English Channel, The Irish Channel, Gibraltar Strait and Lake Windermere

When I first met Helen, I was at an all time low, ready to give up Football, the sport I love. I was full of self-doubt, negativity, anger, lacking in confidence, and my abilities. Our first session, was a huge turning point for me

Over the few months that we met, the strategies she taught me, helped me view things in a different way, both on and off the pitch. She showed me ways to mentally prepare myself before and during matches. This alone helped immensely, helping me to remain focused and in the zone. My negative thought patterns,and reactions to things out of my control were affecting my performance. Changing my mindset, and challenging these thoughts was just the start.

I am still learning, and so thankful, for the knowledge Helen has given me. Without her, I know I would not have carried on. She helped me realise that the player is still in me!

Mia is an Elite Footballer, and has represented England in the U17, U18 and U19s. She currently plays in the WSL Academy League

Jo Lockhart

I love open water swimming and last year I decided to swim 10K in the Great North Swim in Windermere. Despite having trained hard, as the date loomed nearer, I began to doubt my ability and my confidence was definitely waning. At this point, I was chosen to participate in Helen’s group sessions. Through the activities she led and group discussions, I began to understand how my mind works during training and competitive sessions. I learnt to recognise my negative thoughts and emotions and put these into context and, if I did not achieve my goals, I was not failing but gaining an experience to build on. By working with others, many of who were highly successful athletes, we shared common anxieties and beliefs and all gained a great deal from the course. I cannot express how grateful I am to Helen for the sessions. Not only did I successfully complete that challenge but have taken the concepts into my training and other events but they have also helped me in my everyday life.

Jo Lockhart has a passion for open water swimming of any kind. Jo has swum in a range of different events with and without a wetsuit and is fearless of the cold!

Lucy Gossage

Helen has helped me to achieve in a year where I’ve been plagued by injuries that, on paper at least, should have stopped me even making the start line of many of my big races. She’s helped me develop mental strategies to cope with adversity, pressure and perhaps most importantly has developed my confidence in my own abilities.

Physical fitness is important, but mental strength is even more so, and I credit all my results in 2016 to a new level of mental toughness that I didn’t have before I started working with Helen. I’ve performed well with injuries that should have stopped me racing, and despite inadequate preparation for most races have managed to develop a new level of inner confidence.

Honestly, I can’t thank Helen enough for her help and I know many of my achievements over the past year probably wouldn’t have happened without her input.

Lucy Gossage is an elite triathlete with too many accolades to her name to mention! 2016 saw Lucy come 9th in the World Championships in Kona 8 weeks after breaking her collar bone. In a season plagued by injury she also won Ironman UK and 70.3 Staffordshire.

Hayley Simmonds

Despite winning the British Time Trial Championship for two consecutive years (2015 & 2016), along with several other National distance titles, I have continued to suffer from a lack of confidence in my ability. Helen has helped me look objectively at my achievements and the pressure I put on myself, providing me with tools to ensure I go into events not only physically prepared but mentally too.

Hayley Simmonds is a record-breaking cyclist. She is the first woman to break the 19 minute barrier recording the fastest ever ten-mile TT record, is the first woman to go under 50 minutes for 25 miles and is the current British National TT Champion.

“I truly have found your sessions life changing in so many ways, I will be forever grateful for your skills”

Jane from Cambridge

Before working with Helen, I was not worthy of self-attributing such a description. I was a bag of nerves with every run, even at the club meets. I was a bit overweight, dissatisfied with my performance as well as my appearance, always at the back of the group, needing to run to the loo before every race, knowing I was not a proper runner and why-oh-why-did-I-even-think-I-was-as-good-as-anybody-else.

After working with Helen I have changed my mindset.

And I’ve changed everything.

I’ve changed the way I think about running, I’ve challenged the demands I place on myself, I’ve understood the consequences of my negative thought processes, I’ve learned to challenge those unhelpful beliefs and better still, practice them on others. I’ve become a better friend and support to my training buddies, a happier runner, a smarter thinker. This has cut across all other aspects of my life too.

As a result, my physique is changing (because I’m more confident with my training), my times are getting better and I’m closer to my goals. I’ve learned that the person I am is quite alright actually. I’ve learned that everyone has a ‘bad day at the office’ now and again. And, although I might not at times be the 10 out of 10 that I’d like, sometimes 8 out of 8 is a sound achievement. Such effective new philosophies have permeated through my daily living.

Before working with Helen, I’d describe myself as a bit of a jogger, and a not-very-good one at that. I’d have been the first person to degrade myself.

My name is Julie, and I am a runner.”

BRJ Run and Tri is a popular running and multi-sport club in Huntingdon. In recent years we have organised workshops for our members and the wider sporting community on issues including sports injury and nutrition. Following a recommendation from a club member who had attended a talk by Helen Davis I contacted her to run a workshop on Sports Psychology. Helen proved to be very helpful in sorting out dates and in discussing and planning what might be of interest to our members.

Helen is a great speaker and an insightful presenter. She presented the theoretical aspects of the subject by drawing on experience and on case studies. These illustrations of practical applications of psychological approaches to training and coaching led to providing specific psychological methods which our members could apply to their own activities. Helen described these as part of a psychological toolkit which could assist in the training, preparation and performance in an event.

Members were able to have their questions answered towards the end of the workshop and Helen generated an interesting discussion amongst the 60 or so members in attendance.

Helen was generous with her time as she met with some people individually to discuss their specific issues with them.

The response to Helen’s workshop has been very positive. There have been lots of discussion within the club about the application of some of the psychological methods discussed in the workshop. This has gone beyond our sports and in some cases to a much wider application.

I am delighted that I asked Helen to organise the workshop. I have found her not only professional and very reliable but also very friendly and personable.

I would not hesitate to recommend Helen to other clubs or organisations who consider they could benefit from considering a psychological approach to augment their efforts.