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Welcome to Strong Mind

Strong Mind coaching exists to try to provide climbers and other athletes/performers with the tools, practices and strategies they need to manage their fears instead of being limited by them so they can perform at their best.

When Hazel was young she noticed that the mind was the biggest variable in how climbers performed, how quickly they progressed through the sport and how much they enjoyed it. Yet we have very few resources in the climbing community and the adventure sports community as a whole to help us build a strong mind for the things we love most.

Although Hazel is a professional climber and very much focused on her own climbing she could see a real demand in the climbing community for psychological coaching services.

Over the last 7 years, Hazel has been expanding her coaching business and the creation of the Strong Mind course and business is at the core of her vision to increase access to mental training resources and coaches in the community.

Train your mind
Hours of learning

The values that hold us true and to account.


We believe that climbing and sport in general, should strengthen your resilience and well-being, just as it strengthens your body. Many climbers are missing the psychological benefits of climbing because they are too anxious, fearful and negative. Strong Mind's mission is to empower you with the tools and practices to get the most out of your sport. Whatever your level, you deserve to have the best climbing experiences.


We believe that with the right psychological approach performance and well-being go hand-in-hand. Too often in climbing people forsake their well-being to climb the next hardest thing. It's 100% possible to be the best climber you can be and the happiest climber you can be and Strong Mind is all about empowering you to achieve performance and well-being simultaneously.

Centred on human experience

Teaching in climbing, and sport in general, is centred almost exclusively on the tangible things we can see and touch: "Is your harness done up?" "What can you bench?" "What grade can you onsight?" It's much harder to talk about thoughts, feelings, fears or simply your state of mind in any given moment. Instead of avoiding those areas because they're difficult, at Strong Mind we get stuck right into the big questions and the most complex areas of psychology. Why? Because your human experience matters. In fact, you could argue that it's the only thing that matters. See, look at us being all deep.


Although psychology is a very difficult science, we always aim to be as evidence-based where possible and appropriate. Everything we teach is rooted in research-led areas of psychology including conversational therapies, CBT, mindfulness, ACT and exposure therapy.


Although we dislike cheesy tech terms like 'disruptive', we do aim to disrupt the industry. An online course in fear management in climbing had never been done before and we're sure we'll be the first to do many more things to come. We believe we can make a positive difference to individuals and also help spread good ideas and information within the broader community.

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