CONFIDENTIAL TALKING THERAPY
Many of the existing and retired sports professionals who contact us are experiencing emotional difficulties or going through changes in their life with which they are struggling to cope. For these individuals, a course of one-to-one counselling can be highly effective and can address a wide range of issues including bereavement, depression, anxiety and difficulties with transition (including those relating to sporting injury).
Additionally, clients may be experiencing problems arising from substance misuse or gambling, which are not necessarily addictive disorders and are more effectively addressed through a course of counselling. In some cases, our clients have identified their issues with addiction through a course of one-to-one counselling and subsequently enrolled on our Residential Treatment Programme; others who have completed the programme have found it beneficial to take up counselling sessions as a form of supplementary aftercare once they have completed their stay with us.
Tony Adams says of his experience of one-to-one counselling:
"I know how valuable seeing a counsellor is from my own experience. It was my path into recovery. I wanted a new life and couldn't share everything; some of it was too personal. I have always kept up one-to-one counselling."
How One-to-One Counselling Works
One-to-one counselling is a form of talking therapy designed to move individuals forward to a place of balanced emotional wellbeing. To facilitate treatment, Sporting Chance has a large network of highly qualified, fully insured counsellors covering the whole of the UK. All the counsellors in our network operate within guidelines and principles established with Sporting Chance; some are ex-professional sportsmen or women who have trained as therapists or counsellors after retiring from sport.
The number of practitioners we have available and their wide geographical coverage means that as soon as a client contacts us and has undergone assessment, we can quickly link them with a counsellor who will meet their needs and whose expertise and support is always quick and convenient to access - the vast majority of our clients are within a one hour drive of a member of our network and in most instances attend their first session within 48 hours of their initial call to Sporting Chance. However, our counsellors are frequently specialists in a certain field, such as bereavement, substance misuse, gambling or the psychological effects of sporting injury and in some instances, we may recommend a client travels slightly further to access a specialist with the expertise relevant to their problems. Courses of one-to-one counselling vary in length depending on individual circumstances but ordinarily consist of between 6 to 18 sessions per client.
Confidentiality is at the heart of everything we do as an organisation. If you are over 18 years of age, Sporting Chance has no duty to contact any related stakeholders with regards to a client and would not do so without the client's express consent.
Funding for Counselling
Counselling costs are usually fully covered by our stakeholder funding agreements with the following organisations: PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association), RFL (Rugby League), PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association), PJA (Professional Jockeys’ Association) and PDPA (Professional Darts Players’ Association).