Our Sporting Experts
Our global team of psychologists has been built in order to provide a best in class service. Our team use their specialist knowledge, professionalism and communication skills to demonstrate consistent and reliable outcomes.
- Dr Gary BellConsultant Psychiatrist
- Gary BloomClinical Psychotherapist
- Dr Huw GoodwinClinical Psychologist
- Dr Phil HopleyConsultant Psychiatrist
- Prof Pieter KrugerConsultant Psychologist
- Jake LovelockPsychologist
- Dr Jo WoodCounselling Psychologist
Dr Gary Bell
Dr Gary Bell is an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist and Executive Coach. He read Oriental Studies followed by Medicine at the University of Queensland. He came to the UK to specialise in psychiatry. He became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1985 and a Fellow in 2000.
His main areas of clinical interest are perinatal mental health, complex anxiety and depressive disorders and ADHD and co-existing physical ill health such as chronic pain and cancer. He is currently the Mental Health Lead for St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy. He was previously a Lecturer at UCH and a Senior Lecturer at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical Schools and an Examiner for the University of London and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has published widely in the fields of medical education and liaison psychiatry.
His work as an Executive Coach draws upon years of clinical experience but focuses on helping individuals identify a greater sense of purpose within and find the motivation to implement the necessary changes in their life to achieve this.
Away from medicine, Gary enjoys rugby (as a spectator!), music, including relearning the piano and spending time with family and friends.
Gary Bloom is a clinical psychotherapist working from our Harley Street clinic. Gary treats conditions like depression, anxiety, addictive behaviours, relationship issues and also specialises in teenagers who are finding it hard to find a way in the world.
Gary holds a postgraduate diploma in Psychotherapy and a BA honours from the University of Wales. His specialities include treating elite sportsmen and women and he presents a radio show on this topic, “on the sporting couch“ on talkSPORT.
Gary Bloom is the Sports Performance Psychotherapist at Oxford United Football Club.
Gary’s first book about his work as a clinical sports psychotherapist ‘Keeping your Head in the Game’ was published by Penguin Books in Feb 2021
Dr Huw Goodwin
Dr Huw Goodwin is a Clinical Psychologist and is the Mental Health Lead at the Royal Ballet School. He has previously worked in the NHS in a wide range of mental health settings and has combined this with extensive experience in the world of sport performance.
Further to his clinical expertise, Huw has provided education, advice and training to professional (and Olympic) athletes, coaches, sports physicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, and other support personnel; along with teaching at university and college environments.
Prior to his current career, Huw had been an athlete on a UK Sport Olympic training programme, as well as being a professional rugby league player before that. He is now a qualified coach in Rugby League, Handball, and Football, and is currently Head Coach of a professional player development programme in rugby league.
- Anxiety Disorder
- Chronic Pain
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Trauma/Complex Trauma
Dr Phil Hopley is a Medical Doctor and Consultant Psychiatrist. After 19 years working with the NHS, he founded Cognacity and is now Managing Director.
Phil’s training in forensic, general and sport psychiatry combined with a career playing Premiership rugby enabled him to develop his passion for the mental health of elite performance in sport and business. In recent years Phil has worked as the mental health advisor to a number of blue chip organisations and sport bodies guiding mental health strategy development and providing coaching / crisis support. Phil is also nationally recognised as an accomplished expert witness in a wide range of medico-legal areas including high profile sport disciplinary matters.
In his downtime, mindful dog walking, watching sport, playing golf and trying to keep up with the next generation of Hopleys helps to keep him balanced.
- Strategic Advisory
- Board Level Leadership & Performance Coaching
- Crisis Management
Prof Pieter Kruger
Prof Pieter Kruger is a HCPC and HPCSA registered consultant psychologist and professor of clinical psychology. He has been working as a psychologist since 2003 in both the public and private sectors and is currently the Director of International Operations. Pieter is also the Director of the Centre for Health & Human Performance (CHHP) at North-West University in South Africa and a visiting professor at the UCL Medical School in London (since 2011).
Pieter is specialising in elite performance (business and sport), as well as anxiety disorders in clinical practice. He has a special interest in the design and implementation of high-performance strategies to optimise wellbeing and performance in high pressure environments on a systemic, team and individual level.
He has been working with various Olympic athletes, elite sports people and elite teams in England, Ireland, Australia and South Africa for over two decades.
Pieter is currently a double Masters national track cycling champion, but is also a keen recreational mountain biker, enjoys playing squash and spending time outdoors with his family.
Jake Lovelock is a British Psychological society (BPS) registered Psychologist and CBT Psychotherapist, who provides training and coaching to a range of Cognacity clients, such as PwC, RBC and the Rugby Players Association, among others. Jake works with professional athletes and individuals in high pressure environments to get the most out of their minds.
Academically, Jake has an undergraduate degree and three postgraduates in psychology from institutions like University of Oxford (Distinction) (BSc, MSc, PGCert and PGDip respectively). In our clinic, he is a BABCP accredited psychologist and conducts psychotherapy (CBT) with clients suffering with mental disorders; and on the road, he works with national sporting teams and organisations across the country to improve elite athlete performance under pressure.
Specializing in performance, mental health and building an individual’s psychological resources; Jake now uses his background to help people achieve sustainable high performance.
In his downtime, Jake is often being dragged around the UK by his Siberian Husky competing in Canicross or Bikejoring dryland dog sports.
MSc (Psychol.), BABCP Accredited, ACBS Accredited, MBPsS, Level A & B BPS Occupational Test User.
Dr Jo Wood
Dr Jo Wood is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist specialising in mental health and sports and exercise psychology. Jo has extensive clinical experience after spending 17 years working in the NHS in both primary and secondary care, working with adults, young people, couples and families. Previous roles have included providing clinical leadership and supervision to a wide range of mental health professionals. Following her initial psychology training at City University, Jo completed further post-graduate CBT training at Oxford and is an accredited CBT and Schema therapist, as well as a Consultant EMDR practitioner. She also has had training in Mindfulness and ACT.
Dr Jo Wood has experience of working with a wide range of clients, including amongst others, those from the legal profession, banking, IT, the media and sport. Jo is able to work with a wide range of issues and specialises in trauma, anxiety disorders, adjustment/transitions, complex presentations, eating disorders, personality disorders and performance. She provides both short and long-term therapy.
Dually accredited as a Sports and Exercise Psychologist, Jo has worked with professional/elite athletes from a range of sports including rugby, cricket, athletics, boxing, swimming and gymnastics. Jo also has experience of working with younger athletes in academy settings and GB development squads. As part of her work, Jo has helped athletes with performance anxiety issues, sports trauma, adjustment to injury and retirement, as well as athlete mental health.
In her spare time, Jo enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family (including two dogs), powerlifting and completing a PhD focusing on identity leadership.
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