Online Psychologist – Performance Coaching

Dr Mick Darby (CPsychol) is a HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist who consults to high-achieving clients experiencing performance, behavioural, relationship or emotional challenges and who are committed to improving their performance. He works confidentially and remotely, with clients including senior executives, business owners, elite sportspeople and coaches.

Mick specialises in helping his clients to find meaning and purpose, achieve goals, build strong relationships and navigate challenges without being held back by their psychological and behavioural patterns. He has over fifteen years’ experience consulting to global leaders across a wide range of organisations and sectors including elite sports teams and blue-chip multinational corporations. He also delivers coaching workshops, seminars and webinars.

Coaching for psychological flexibility, clarity and high performance

Do you feel compelled to present an image of being mentally, emotionally and physically successful and perceive any type of work performance or relationship issues as failure? Chances are this will lead to denial and avoidance or controlling behaviours that cause you (and those you love) unhappiness and suffering. Some individuals try – in vain – to fight against their unwanted thoughts and feelings by pushing through to achieve the goals they have set. Then, just when they seem to be achieving everything they aimed for, they can feel empty and confused. This paradox may be a result of having goals that are unaligned with your core values. Coaching helps people (and teams) to move past the unintended consequences of perfectionism and high-intensity working environments, to improve performance and discover meaning in their work and personal lives.

The coaching process helps transform current crises into opportunities for self-growth, where individuals uncover hidden values and start behaving more like the person they want to be.  It specifically targets the behavioural patterns that lie behind psychological issues, so clients use less energy fighting against themselves and spend more time moving towards a more meaningful and enjoyable life (while embracing the inevitable suffering that comes along with it). For more details or to arrange a complimentary initial consultation please use the contact form below.

Psychological Flexibility Coach Training: For deeper work and stronger alliances

Psychological Flexibility Coach Training gives coaches, mentors, leaders and mental health support teams the evidence-based skills they need to improve their coaching delivery, performance and effectiveness. This revolutionary approach to coaching complements and enhances any prior professional training. It allows professionals to work with clients experiencing deeper psychological and behavioural issues, which can often emerge in the coaching process (e.g. disengagement due to lack of motivation, distress, hopelessness, anxiety, sadness or anger).

Coaches will develop core behavioural competencies that can supercharge their practice and build stronger alliances with clients. Psychological Flexibility Training (based on Acceptance and Commitment Coaching) is designed to improve coaches’ ability to hold their clients’ emotional pain and confusion, while helping them to navigate towards meaningful professional (and life) outcomes. For more details or to arrange a complimentary initial consultation please use the contact form below.

Addictions coaching: Moving past unwanted addictive or compulsive behaviours

Progress Psychology addictions coaching is designed to help high-performing individuals (and couples) to change repeating cycles of unhelpful behaviours by focusing on what’s important and radically changing their life direction. For some people, the experience of repeating unwanted and unhelpful behaviours can leave them feeling trapped, frustrated, drained or fearful as they feel themselves moving away from being the person they want to be – and as they engage in unhelpful addictions (substance or behavioural) or compulsions these magnify feelings of worry, shame, grief, anger and anxiety.

This evidence-based approach uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relapse Prevention interventions and Behavioural Couples Therapy (when appropriate) to help clients change their behaviours to build stronger relationships and more meaningful lives. For more details or to arrange a complimentary initial consultation please use the contact form below.

Getting Unstuck Coaching: A unique collaboration with “The Career Psychologist

The Career Psychologist has brought together a group of coaching, business, counselling and organisational psychologists specialising in leadership, performance, wellbeing and resilience. Together, we offer a range of bespoke team training and individual coaching services to companies and organisations. One such course is Getting Unstuck, a rigorous, 5-step process which helps our clients identify which direction would suit them best and move forward with purpose.

If you feel stuck in your career, this process will help you separate what you think you should do from what you really want to do, and give you skills to overcome the anxiety that inevitably comes with change. An interactive 1 page summary of the whole process can be downloaded here. For more details please use the contact form below or visit

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Progress Psychology is a tried and tested process of behaviour change focusing on building mental resilience through Psychological Flexibility (or Emotional Agility), using an evidence-based approach that enhances both wellbeing and performance. This approach combines elements of Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment (MAC) coaching, Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), Counselling Psychology, Marginal Gains Theory and Positive Psychology. Please get in touch using the contact form below to find out more about Progress Psychology Counselling, Coaching and Consulting services.