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Psychology

It’s relatively unusual for a sports psychologist to have a background in clinical psychology, but that’s exactly what you get when you see Dr Victor Thompson.  Victor holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Diploma in Sports Psychology, a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology!

As a result of his clinical psychology training (when he’s not at Victory’s London facility, he runs an NHS mental health team), Victor is able to assess his patients, to identify what their difficulties really are, and help people with a range of psychological difficulties such as stress, anxiety, low-mood, addictive behaviours, low self-esteem, and eating problems.

At Victory, he mainly specialises in helping patients with stress, anxiety, tension, confidence issues, and issues around injuries and pain. 

Mind and body are intimately connected, and in fact it’s very difficult to separate the two, especially when you’ve been injured for a while.

For example, stress-related back and neck pain is common, and while physiotherapy and exercise rehabilitation can help you to get stronger and improve your posture, if poor posture is triggered by stress at work, then you may need Victor to help you with a strategy to reduce or deflect your stress, so that it doesn’t result in back and neck pain.

Similarly, many patients who have been in pain for a long time will find that thinking about their pain gets them very emotional, and they can start to catastrophise.  In this situation it’s important to not only restore normal movement patterns, but to learn to recognise and normalise the emotions attached to pain.  Having a strategy to do this, helps to calm a nervous system response that has learned to overreact to pain.

During a sports psychology session with Victor, you may find that you focus on issues such as helping to:

  • Increase confidence
  • Manage stress & tension
  • Overcome a setback
  • Increase motivation & goal setting
  • Improve concentration
  • Develop imagery skills