Ben is a sport psychology consultant based in Utah, USA. From here he runs a sport and performance psychology consultancy business. Ben works predominantly with individual athletes, coaches, parents [of athletes], performance artists, teams, sports academies and other sporting organisations. There are five main strands to the work Ben conducts with his clients: 1) one-to-one psychological support; 2) workshops (includes a mixture of presentations, fun practical tasks/activities and interactive discussion); 3) psychoeducational sessions, which are integrated within technical coaching sessions; 4) ‘system’ level support (e.g., helping create commitment culture within an organisation) and 5) lectures/key note presentations. Ben is passionate about building quality working relationships with clients that will enable them to reach their goals.
Education and qualifications
Ben was born in Canterbury, U.K. and completed most of his schooling in the UK. Ben completed an undergraduate/bachelors degree at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) in Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science. He received the Gordon Underwood trust award for his graduation work in sport psychology, an award given to the undergraduate student who was considered by the CCCU academic department to have excelled and contributed the most to sport and exercise psychology throughout their degree. Following this, he completed a diploma in psychology at the University of East London and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Chichester. Ben then went onto complete his graduate training to become a sport and exercise psychologist, through the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Ben is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (CPsychol) certified through the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is a chartered member of the BPS and adheres to their professional code of conduct at all times. This training is considered the ‘gold standard’ route towards becoming a sport psychologist in the UK and is similar to the training route to become a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC) in the USA. Ben has experience of working with athletes from a range of different sports including: football/soccer, tennis, golf, and track and field athletics.
Ben has enjoyed two spells of academic teaching at CCCU, where he contributed to the delivery of modules/classes at all levels of the BSc Sport and Exercise Science/Sport and Exercise Psychology degree programmes. He lectured on a variety of different topics including stress, emotion and coping in sport, performance anxiety in sport, self-confidence, concentration, motivation and attribution, flow states, group cohesion, group dynamics, the psychological effects of exercise and more. He helped devise different types of formative and summative assessments, tutored students on a one-to-one basis, and marked assignments.
Ben has always maintained an active interest in sporting activities and is an adept all-round sportsman. This is reflected by the fact he represented his home county in the UK (i.e., Kent) at soccer, hockey and cricket during youth. Ben’s main sport is soccer and he represented Chelsea youth and also had trials for England U15’s. Ben went on to play for 16 years as a semi-professional soccer player. He was a loyal servant to Ramsgate FC first XI, whereby he made over 400 appearances as a central midfielder – He was given a special award and testimonial match for his loyal dedicated service.
Ben still enjoys playing sports like tennis, table tennis, soccer, and golf. Ben loves to travel, watch movies and go for walks. Above all else, Ben loves to spend time with his wife, Celeste and two children (Mercedes and Luke).