MAPPPSYCH (SPORT AND EXERCISE), BA (HONS), BSC (HONS), MAPS.
As one of Australia’s most progressive performance psychologists, Daniel is committed to assisting athletes fulfil their potential through cultivating a performance mindset that stands up to the rigours of elite sport.
Daniel works in performance everyday, and understands the pressures and opportunities that occur in these intense, unique environments. He is well positioned to help athletes perform in moments that matter; bringing their attention, energy, and commitment to actions inline with performance.
"Whether an elite athlete, weekend warrior, aspiring junior, performing artist, or doctor - it doesn't matter - we all have brains that are essentially comfort seeking, problem solving machines. This is helpful in many aspects of life, however in high stake moments, doing what is comfortable and what is helpful for performance are often completely opposite. That's why rather than seeking comfort, it is important to learn how to be comfortable with discomfort".
Daniel combines evidence-based science and psychology with performance strategies used by the most successful athletes and coaches and delivers this in an energetic, creative and easily digestible way.
Some of Daniel's success with his clients have included: Olympic qualifications, World Championship medals, WTA tour titles, world records, national titles and executive/high performance job attainment.
Daniel received both his honours in psychology and postgraduate Masters in Applied Psychology (sport) from the University of Queensland, Australia. He also holds an honours degree in Sport Science from Exeter in the UK.
Daniel consults to elite tennis players, Olympians, pro boxers, professional footballers, AFL players, coaches, executives and medical professionals. He also conducts workshops on leadership, mindfulness, performance, and engagement to a number of multinational companies and organistions such as Athletics Australia, Kieser Training, Mizuno, and CPM.
Daniel has also conducted research in
- Reducing Emotional and Cognitive Avoidance in Tennis Players to Aid Performance.
- Recovery-Stress State and Motivation in Footballers.
- Movitational Differences and Life satisfaction in Elite to Recreational Athletes.
MAPPPSYCH (SPORT AND EXERCISE), BA (PSYCHOLOGY), MAPS
Dane consults to a range of state and national bodies and working with Olympians and Commonwealth games medalists, touring professionals, elite athletes and coaches as well as amateurs and grassroots sports people in a wide variety of sports both internationally and Australia wide.
"These are environments and situations– where there isn't time to be up in your head – they're high stakes – it's about focus and at times – focusing on task no matter what you think or how you feel."
As an expert in high performance behavoural change - Dane has written for a variety of national publications and appeared on national television and radio discussing topics relating to high performance psychology, performance anxiety, mental toughness, resilience and parenting athletes.
Dane's passion, expertise and knowledge in how humans can thrive under pressure, coupled with the use of strategic, empirically validated and progressive techniques, that are tailored to individual needs, has his clients performing with commitment, courage and confidence.
Dane is currently authoring a book with the working title – Spearing The Sabre Tooth Tiger: Stop Trying To Fight 300 Million Years of Evolution So You Can Perform When It Counts. It examines why it is that we struggle with performance consistency – and takes a pragmatic view on what to do about it.
Some of our REcent Performance related PD
Our passion and commitment in maximising your performance ensures we continually develop our skills using cutting edge evidence based science. As well as having Masters degrees in Applied Psychology (Sport and Exercise) we have engaged in the following professional development
- Interpersonal Neurobiology
- Leaders in Sport
- Neuroscience of Anxiety
- Acceptance and Mindfulness for Peak Performance
- Exposure Therapy Strategies
- Advanced Pain Managment in Practice
- Schema Therapy
- Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- European Sports Psychology Conference & Australian Government Winning Edge Conference