Dr Mick Darby (CPsychol), the founder of Progress Psychology Limited, works confidentially with leaders who are experiencing behavioural or emotional challenges and want to supercharge their performance. He retains a small number of selected clients who he works with remotely, including senior executives, elite athletes, celebrities and business owners.
Mick specialises in helping his clients to find meaning, define and achieve better goals, build stronger relationships and navigate behavioural challenges without being held back by their psychological issues. Mick has over fifteen years’ experience consulting to global leaders across a wide range of organisations and sectors. He also works with elite sports teams and he delivers group coaching and training workshops.
In today’s world, many high achieving individuals live in a world where they feel compelled to present an image of being mentally, emotionally and physically successful. So, it’s only natural to perceive performance issues as failure, leading to denial, avoidance, unhappiness and suffering.
High performers tend to continuously attempt to fight – in vain – against unwanted thoughts and feelings by pushing through to achieve the goals they have set. Then, just when they have achieved everything they set out to they can feel empty and confused. This paradox is directly linked to their perfectionism. For some, this experience can leave them feeling trapped, frustrated, drained or fearful and takes them off track as they engage in unhelpful addictions (substance or behavioural) or compulsions that cause worry, shame, grief, anger and anxiety.
Psychological flexibility and performance
Unmuddle Coaching helps people and teams to move past the unintended consequences of perfectionism. Mick is an expert in Psychological Flexibility (also called Emotional Agility or Mindfulness Acceptance and Commitment Coaching) an evidence-based approach that focuses on wellbeing, behaviour change, performance and mental resilience. He has developed and improved the Unmuddle Coaching process over ten years by incorporating elements of Emotional Agility training, Improvisation-based coaching, applied Marginal Gains Theory, Positive Psychology and Behavioural Economics. This unique approach helps clients with focus, direction, wellbeing, happiness and relationships.
The Unmuddle 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).
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