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 Philip HopleyConsultant Psychiatrist
Prof Pieter KrugerConsultant Psychologist
Dr Tim RogersConsultant Psychiatrist
Dr Jo WoodCounselling Psychologist
Dr Gary Bell
Gary 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.
He 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.
He 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.
He is the psychotherapist at a football league 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.
To compliment the above work, Huw has been a professional sports coach for many years and has most recently been the Head Coach of an U19s Academy programme at a professional rugby league club.
Dr Philip Hopley
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.
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.
Prof Pieter Kruger
Prof Pieter Kruger is a HCPC and HPCSA registered consultant psychologist and professor of clinical psychology. He has been working in the public and private sectors for the past 18 years and is currently the Director of International Operations. He is also currently the Director of the Centre for Health & Human Performance at North-West University in South Africa and a visiting professor at the UCL Medical School in London since 2011.
Pieter has been 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.
As a former road and track national cycling champion, Pieter is still a keen recreational mountain biker, enjoys playing squash and spending time outdoors with his family.
Jake is a British Psychological society (BPS) registered Psychologist. Having completed his MSc at the University of London, Jake now works delivering training in corporate and educational spaces as well as psychotherapy in our Harley Street Clinic (also in training to become a BABCP accredited CBT practitioner).
Academically, he has conducted in depth research into stress, performance and work detachment with renowned organisations such as BAE systems, Atlas Electroniks, BMW and Alphabet.
With a talent for rugby union and rugby sevens, including playing in the World Rugby Sevens Series at International Invitations men’s open level – Jake takes his passion for elite performance under pressure and applies it to our own mental health. Specializing in performance, mental health and behaviour; he now uses his background by enabling people and following a passion for resilience
In his downtime, Jake is often being dragged around the UK by his Siberian Husky competing in Canicross or Bikejoring dog sports.
MSc (Psychol.), MISC, MBPsS, MABP, Level A & B BPS Occupational Test User.
Dr Tim Rogers
Dr. Rogers is a medical doctor and consultant psychiatrist to athletes in high performance sport and performers in elite dance. He regularly consults across a wide variety of sports, including Premier League football, Premiership Rugby and those in the Olympic and Paralympic systems.
Dr. Rogers is a specialist member of the Sport Resolutions’ National Anti Doping Panel. He is on the executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Sport and Exercise Special Interest Group #SEPSIG. Dr. Rogers is one of a very small number of psychiatrists with a dual qualification in applied sport and exercise psychology. He is certified by the International Society for Sports Psychiatry.
Dr. Rogers is often asked to work both as an expert witness and also to teach, coach and speak about the lessons of high performance for business. ‘Corporate athletes’ can often benefit from the lessons of elite sport in performing best at work.
Dr. Rogers is also Clinical Director for Big White Wall, a piece of digital technology that creates a community of people who support each other and confide anonymously in a safe space 24/7.
When not working Dr. Rogers likes to plan holidays!: cold or warm weather; his own or anyone else’s!
Dr Jo Wood
Jo 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.
Jo 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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