Hi, I’m Dr Rebecca Williams, Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
I started climbing at University, and qualified as a clinical psychologist around 20 years ago, and as a climbing instructor (RCI) not long after that. Since then, I’ve been coaching climbers on mental skills for climbing, working with hundreds of climbers every year on all aspects of their headgame, to develop their confidence and improve their climbing psyche.
I’m first and foremost a psychologist, so all my coaching and workshops are based on a thorough assessment, a psychological formulation, and evidence based techniques and tools to improve your performance. I love making psychological theory practical, keeping up with the latest sports and clinical psychology research, and adapting and applying it specifically to climbing.
I’m trained in a number of different therapies and techniques, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and behavioural techniques such as exposure and systematic desensitisation, commonly used to help people with fears and phobias (e.g fear of falling). I also have a level 7 certificate in coaching and mentoring.
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I am registered as a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC);
Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society;
Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI), registered with Mountain Training Association.
I’m DBS checked and keep up to date with Safeguarding training, so able to work with children and vulnerable adults. Most importantly for you, I am fully insured to work as both a psychologist and coach, and as a climbing instructor.