Climbing Beyond:

Headgame therapy

We each climb for our own reasons. To escape or to belong. To enrich our lives or define our lives. To find meaning or to fight a battle that no-one else can see. We will always be a tribe of individuals - by ourselves but not alone. And this insight defines Climbing Beyond. Whether it’s on the wall, the mountain or the cliff face, the climb is won or lost deep in the mind.


We'll work together to identify what might be standing in your way. I can help you develop techniques to manage your mental and emotional state, and overcome the obstacles that are holding you back.

For more information on the following areas, just click the links below:

​- Fear of falling/heights

- Self belief

- Pressure/state management/competition performance

- Coping with injury

"On a personal level, pushing beyond your limits really comes down to the battle between the unconscious and conscious mind. You can rationalize and prove to your conscious part of the brain how you should be capable of something. And you can be genuinely convinced that you’ve got what it takes. But your subconscious mind may disagree. Your subconscious mind—in control of your survival instincts — has to be the realist"

- Nalle Hukkataival

What styles of climbing can I help you with? 


I work with a wide range of climbers, including sport climbers, boulderers, competitive athletes, and those with both indoor and outdoor focus. 


The only styles I don’t work with are rope solo, free solo and sometimes hard trad. These are high risk activities, in which your fear serves to keep you safe. There are some excellent specialist coaches in this field and I’ll happily refer you. 


Please note: I am not a climbing coach. I specialise in the psychological aspects of climbing, outside of the climbing environment. I work from my therapy room in Sheffield, or online via Skype. If it’s a climbing coach you need, I know some of the world’s best. 


How long will it take? 


This will depend on you, your goals, and your willingness to apply the theory between sessions and commit to your own improvement. Timescales vary so much between individuals it's hard for me to say how many sessions this will take as a rule. Once we've had a conversation though, I'll be better placed to estimate. 


Each session costs £55 and lasts between 60 - 90 minutes. I encourage a free 30 minute chat for you to get a feel of how I work, and if this approach is right for you.


Fear of Falling/Heights

The fear of falling is the one of two fear with which we are all born. (The other, since you’re now wondering it, is loud noises.) Healthy caution is fundamental for survival - but mastery of fear is critical to the enjoyment of climbing. By working together we will help you to keep your focus in the moment, bringing greater awareness and personal fulfilment.


Get in touch to book your first session. 


Self Belief

All of us have felt we aren't good enough. Climbing can be unforgiving, and when confidence is low it becomes hard to enjoy.


As Alex Lowe said, "the best climber is the one having the most fun". Focus breeds enjoyment, and enjoyment unties us from success or failure. Focussing on the moment helps us to identify the things that will help us succeed, and act accordingly. I'll work with you to help improve your self belief, both on, and beyond, the wall. Get in touch to find out more. 

Pressure/State Management/Competition performance


Any elite athlete will tell you that '...pressure is a privilege'. But mis-manage it, and it will turn on you. This can happen in anticipation of completing a climb outdoors, or on plastic in a competition. I've worked with indoor competition athletes and outdoor climbers to help manage pressure, and any negative states that could interfere with their performance. 


This can be working out triggers, mastering state management techniques, or neutralising unhelpful beliefs. Climbers can also overload themselves with pressure, and become their own worst enemies. Is this you? Message me.


Coping with injury

Climbing is a social and highly communal sport, which can largely define our identity and underpin our state of mind. So injuries can be an extremely isolating and frustrating time. The circumstances of the injury can also affect the mind long after the body has healed. We can work together on these psychological aspects - just get in touch with me using my contact form to find out more.