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POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

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I coach and educate people with athletic and goal-oriented qualities on embodying and integrating the science and concepts of Positive Psychology into their lives through exploring, practice, and learning.

I'm a research-driven and person-centred Positive Psychology Practitioner with coaching, training, and facilitation skills. I value the importance of evidence-based approaches and the need to adapt psychological theories to individual client needs. 

 

Drawing on my background in Positive Psychology, Exercise & Sport Psychology, Life, Executive, and Health Coaching, and Fitness, Yoga, and Martial Arts, I work with my clients on:

  • Performance Goals 

  • Stress Management 

  • Recovery from Setbacks

  • Recovery from Injuries

  • Recovery from Burnout

I also run PPG's operations and direct research and education initiatives, including the Positive Psychology in Practice Programme, Positive Psychology & Somatic Practice Programme, and the Positive Psychology Centre.

If you have any questions or would like to check my availability, please drop me a line at: claire@innerathletics.com

Claire Higgins

Claire Higgins, Director

Positive Psychology Practitioner & Researcher, FPPG 

MSc Exercise & Sport Psychology, Diploma Positive Psychology Practice, Certified Health Coach

Performance, Stress & Recovery in Life, Work & Sport

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THE COACHING PROCESS

Each client I work with begins with a needs analysis session that lasts one hour and costs £75. Based on this, I recommend a couple of options on how I can offer support over a 3-month or 6-month period, or longer. The minimum time frame for working with me is 3 months to allow time for progress.

My monthly rate thereafter is £125. This includes a couple of online video sessions (50 mins each), email support, and educational resources related to your focus area. 

Clients often ask what to expect as an outcome. Depending on your chosen focus area/s, you will leave with a better understanding of:

  • Positive Psychology and broader Psychology education relevant to your coaching area/s;

  • Your authentic performance and goal-setting style, and how to work with this rather than against it;

  • How different types of stress appear in your life and how to respond to them pro-actively;

  • How to slow down and make use of the time needed to recover from injury, setbacks, and burnout.

Educational topics that may be covered in your coaching sessions include Character Development, Strengths & Virtues, Meaning & Purpose, Authentic Living, Resilience, Optimism & Wellbeing, Positive & Negative Emotions, Motivation & Change, Self-Protection, and Somatics & Kinaesthetics.

 

To learn more about how I work, please visit some of my teaching models here. To learn more about my professional background, please click here.

I am insured and qualified to practice in the areas of coaching and psychology by the Positive Psychology Guild (PPG), where I am a Fellow Member and adhere to their professional guidelines here. These include client confidentiality.

ABOUT MY COACHING PRACTICE

I've been coaching people since 2011 and professionally, since 2014. I am now a trainer for Positive Psychology Coaching & Training Practitioners, and Positive Organisational Psychology Practitioners, at the Positive Psychology Guild. I also maintain a small private practice alongside this through Inner Athletics. 

Over the years, I've worked with a wide variety of people of different nationalities, cultures, and belief systems. Professionally, they have come from diverse sectors, including humanitarian aid and development, government and politics, fitness and yoga, law and finance, project management and business development, and academia. I have also used my coaching skills to consult on a variety of organisational challenges around performance.

While my main interest is in the application of Positive Psychology in movement, exercise, and sport settings, I also coach people who are performance-driven in other areas of life and work. Performance, stress, and recovery processes apply to all high-pressure environments and people who like to challenge themselves. While a fit and healthy lifestyle can mitigate the impact of stress, there is much more at the level of the mind in terms of thought, emotion, and behaviour that need to be taken into account on a personal or professional development journey.

As someone who has been driven to perform in the past under increasing pressure, and experienced the knock-on effects of success, stress, failure, and physical injury, you could say I've learned first-hand what the journey of recovery can be like. But I didn't stop there at personal understanding. I took my questions into further training as a coach and later, through a diploma in Positive Psychology and Masters of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Psychology. I now teach Positive Psychology and run a research project on the impact of fear on action and movement.  

Working with me isn't a one-size-fits-all. I take a person-centred approach to each client and begin where they are. Sometimes this means that Psychology education may need to precede goal-setting and action. I don't believe in rushing clients through a goal-setting journey. From a solid place of self-awareness, a stronger sense of self can emerge and it is ideally this self that will go on to direct a client's journey long after our work together has ended. Having said that, if you're ready for authentic goal-setting and achievement, then that's where we'll start!

 

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