3 easy ways to find a sport psychologist near me
If you've reached the point where you'd like some sport psychology support, the first step is to find an accredited sport psychologist. An accredited practitioner is someone who has completed rigorous training through a 'governing body' such the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES) or the British Psychological Society (BPS). They are practitioners who adhere to high standards and work under their governing body's code of conduct.
So where do you look?
Word of Mouth
When searching for a sport psychologist, you may be able to get recommendations from people in your sports club or via your coaches. This is a great way to find someone who other people have used already. That way, you can ask what their experiences were which will help to inform decision about who to work with.
An internet search
This is a brilliant way to find a practitioner. Just open Google and type in 'sport psychologist near me'. What you'll be able to do is click on the map to see who's local to you. Assuming they have a business profile on Google, you'll be able to see if they have any reviews. You'll also be able to link through to their website and social media channels to check them out.
Here's my Google Business page link with all my reviews available to read!
Use an online directory
To 'find a sport psychologist near me' you might want to try the BASES Accredited Consultant Directory first of all. On there you'll be able to enter 'Sport & Exercise Scientist' into the drop down menu and it will present a list of accredited practitioners. You can then filter it down geographically by region. Each sport psychologist should have a profile that links through to their website so you can do more research.
Here's my BASES profile so you can see what it looks like.
Outside of this, you may like to try Sporting Bounce. You can search on their website for 'sport psychology' and also narrow it down geographically. It will return a list of people; some who are accredited and possibly some who aren't.
How will I know if they're Accredited?
In the UK the only two governing bodies for sport psychologists is BASES and the BPS. So once you've found someone that you'd like to work with, check if they're accredited with either of these. It should be easy to find on their website / social media information.
If there's anything else you'd like to know about finding a 'sport psychologist near me' then contact me and I'll be happy to help.