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Dr Neil Drew

Clinical Psychologist
BSc (Hons), MSc, DClinPsych

Neil is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist based in Dorset, England. He is trained to deliver evidence-based psychological therapy models and techniques for a range of mental health problems. He has worked within the field for over 10 years now, supporting people across the lifespan in the NHS, charitable, and private sectors. 

How can Neil help with your running and training?

The majority of elite athletes and sports teams now have a clinical psychologist in their coaching staff. It is often said that running is more mental than physical, especially when it comes to endurance and discipline, and that's where a psychologist can help make the difference. But you do not have to be a top athlete to benefit from psychological input. It doesn't matter what level you are. You might have never ran before and want to get started, or you may be in competition. It's all the same with regards to mentality, motivation, and discipline. 

What can Neil help with?

  • Forming and maintaining habits.

  • Goal setting, but ensuring they are linked in with your values. 

  • Understanding your self-concept, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. 

  • Working with the anxiety and low mood or depression.  

  • Making sense of those unhelpful thinking patterns you might find yourself having.

  • Helping people with body image difficulties. 

  • Supporting those with eating disorders or discorded eating.

  • Completion of a detailed report and recommendations to help future-proof the intervention. 

What techniques are used?
Neil uses his doctorate training in clinical psychology to provide these interventions. This includes using an integrative approach, drawing upon models such as:

  • Mindfulness

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Neil is also an experienced runner, having ran his first event in 2008. He is active in the running community and enters multiple events across the UK each year. He has a preference for trail running and endurance sports, but also enjoys a good speed session at his local Parkrun. He has ran marathons and plenty of half marathons. He entered his first ultra marathon in 2021 and came 1st place male. His running venture started late, and he is well aware he will not break any records or compete with professional runners, but he is loving it all the same. 

For a free consult click below. Neil would love to hear from you.