Andy

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One of my favourite hobbies: Running downhill!

 

Having originally completed an MSci in Marine Biology and settled into a position as a Sustainability Consultant working in London, I made the decision to formally pursue my interest in Psychology and long term love of Sport. I left my job, and completed an MSc in Psychology at the University of East London (UEL) followed by an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Brunel University.

During this time, I became increasingly aware of two things:

The prevalence of certain Eating Disorders within certain realms of the athletic community

The importance of a considered Strength and Conditioning programme as a foundation for athletic performance

Both observations stemmed, in part, from my involvement in endurance sport; the commonplace conversations relating to concerns about food, body image, weight and the recurring accounts of the same injuries. Although two disparate subject areas, they are both underscored by the importance of adopting an integrated perspective in promoting athlete performance and well-being.

In order to develop my skills in these two areas, I have studied to become a Master Practitioner Programme in Eating Disorders and Obesity with the National Centre of Eating Disorders (NCFED).  I am an accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). I am also an active member of the Special Group for Coaching Psychology (SGCP) within the British Psychological Society (BPS).