Dr Andrea Furst
Sport & Exercise Psychologist
CPsychol HCPC Registered
BSc GradDipSocSc(Psych), MPsych(Sport & Exercise) PhD
Dr Andrea Furst can talk under water. To anyone, anywhere. Don’t hold it against her, she also listens and observes. She is one of the world’s leading performance psychologists. She’s based in (but not limited to) London. She’s making psychology matter all over the world.
Her frankness and ethos of practicality has shaped the way the Mental Notes team of psychologists work since she founded the consultancy over 10 years ago. She is entirely dedicated to bettering herself and others. The delivery of her expertise ranges from individual consultations, to observation and intervention at training and competition venues, and then also presentations or workshop facilitation.
Andrea’s experience working with World and Olympic Champion teams and individuals from a variety of sports has meant she has been ‘in the corner’ for some incredible highs, and some woeful lows. She’s malleable, resilient, honest, and herself a high performer.
Specifically, Andrea has been involved in four Olympic and Paralympic Games campaigns (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), with Great Britain women’s hockey, Australian sprint canoe-kayak, 100m hurdles, long jump, triathlon, as well as sailing and swimming for Singapore. Golf clientele include professional tour players on several international tours and elite amateurs. Early professional years saw Andrea work as sport psychologist with the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) for golf, tennis, and athletics. This combined with consulting for Singaporean and Australian state and national sporting organisations, schools, private academies and individuals, has provided decades of experience improving performances and mental health generally, for an enormous range of athletes in team and individual sports.
Her proficiency with seeing results, relationships and negative behaviours turn around could be likened to the reputation of Mary Poppins – rationalised by her extraordinary swag of professional credentials and exhaustive number of years touring with teams and players.
Andrea has completed a Master of Sport and Exercise Psychology and a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) specialising in Sport Psychology (Optimism Training & Golf Performance). She is a member of the British and Australian Psychological Societies (BPS, APS). She is also a registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Psychological Board of Australia for her work within Australia, and a Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS for her work within United Kingdom.
Andrea’s motivation to work as a sport psychologist with high achievers, predominantly elite athletes, has much to do with her passion in seeing them take their sporting performance to the highest level. As well as practicing skills specific to improving performance, areas that sometimes need addressing include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, injury rehabilitation, homesickness, and perfectionism. Andrea’s skillset is well equipped to assist all areas of personal improvement. Balanced mental health is a foundation we can all work towards.
Organisations Andrea has worked with
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October 8th, 2018
To kick off our refreshed new look, it was time to put some thoughts into a blog… I started my career with ambitions of filling my days working with elite athletes on an international stage. Now I do. This is not a “well done Andrea” moment – quite the contrary. It means more than ever […]
November 20th, 2015
Spending about 55 hours on planes in September meant that I watched my fair share of movies and made my way through some insightful reads. Inside Out is one of the movies I sat through whilst eating meals on trays. It’s an animation by Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures that explores human emotions. It follows five […]
November 16th, 2015
We often get asked what sort of people make ideal clients, so here goes… You would contact me because you are wanting to optimise your mind’s contribution to your sports performance and make sure your training transfers to competition. We’ll work well together if you’re someone who wants to get better, who likes to challenge […]