Dr Aoiffe Kilcommons

Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist/ Resilience and Performance Coach

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Professional biography

Dr Aoiffe Kilcommons established the Resilience in Mind Centre as a result of her work with professional sports people. The Resilience in Mind Centre aims to train elite athletes and coaching personnel to use their mind and emotions to perform their best under pressure and to realise their sporting dreams. She designed the innovative ‘Mind of a Player’ Training Programme to help elite athletes to stay mentally tough to maximise their sports performance. This training was initially delivered to Premier League Football Clubs in 2012/2013.

Dr Kilcommons has experience of working with high profile athletes (active and retired), athletes early in their career and professional sports organisations from various sporting arenas e.g. Premier League Football, Rugby, Gymnastics, Boxing.  She offers assessment, training and consultation services.

This mental resilience work is focused on a preventative and treatment level and has the added bonus of improving the well-being and lives of those involved in sports. The approach features educational and skills based training, draws upon evidence-based and holistic approaches and supports the use of research to enhance the performance and health of the sports population. The training can be done in individual and group format.

Dr Kilcommons is passionate about helping sports people achieve their full potential.  All sessions are held in the strictest of confidence.

Working in psychological health since 1998, Dr Kilcommons is a HCPC registered and chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist, accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Reiki Master, Voice Dialogue Level III Facilitator, and Emotional Freedom Techniques Level II Practitioner.

She is also an experienced and qualified fitness instructor and loves learning gymnastics!

Dr Kilcommons also worked as a psychologist in the NHS for 15 years and founded Happiness in Mind in 2006, a private practice, offering effective Clinical Psychology Services to help people overcome mental health issues and achieve lasting happiness and contentment.  www.happinessinmind.co.uk

Consultant Profile

  • Qualifications: BSc Hons, MPhil., DClinPsych, PG.DipCAT., CPsychol., AFBPsS.

Specialty and expertise

  • Speciality: Clinical Psychology, Mental Resilience Training for Peak Sports Performance, Sports Performance & Mental Well-being
  • Sports: All sporting arenas e.g. Football, Rugby, Gymnastics, Squash, Boxing, Cricket, Golf to name a few
  • Research: Resilience & Stress, Trauma, Psychosis & PTSD, Risk Management, Cognitive Analytic therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy.

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