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Overcoming Self-Doubt: Working on yourself to become a more confident rider

Sarah worked with Fresh Focus Therapy at the beginning of this year to help tackle and confront her struggles with self-doubt, emerging with a newfound confidence and empowerment. Through introspection, guidance and using a range or CBT techniques, Sarah learned to navigate the complexities of her thoughts and emotions, leaving her equipped to manage challenges in the short but also long term.


“I feel like I’ve gained a new found belief & confidence in myself that I never knew existed!”


Facing the Challenge:

For Sarah, self-doubt was a constant companion, making her feel uncertain in herself, her abilities and her riding performance. The pressure to be perfect weighed heavily on her, as she grappled with feelings of inadequacy and fear of judgment from others. Despite her many accomplishments, Sarah found herself trapped in a cycle of negative self-talk, questioning her worth and constantly seeking validation from external sources. This is a deeply challenging place to be and when we first started working together, Sarah was so used to this state she had just accepted her fate.


The Journey to Empowerment:

With courage and determination, Sarah started working on self-discovery and healing with us challenging her thoughts and facing into some past traumas. Through therapy sessions we focused on using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, she learned to challenge her negative thought patterns and cultivate a more positive and realistic outlook on life. Journaling her thoughts and reactions provided clarity and insight as well as using positive mantras allowed her to take control of her inner dialogue and override her negative self talk.


The Transformation:

As Sarah navigated her journey, she experienced a profound shift in perspective. No longer held captive by self-doubt, she began to see the world through a lens of optimism and self-assurance. A newfound belief in herself emerged, bolstered by a sense of inner strength and resilience. With each passing day, Sarah found herself smiling more freely, embracing life with a renewed sense of contentment and empowerment. A wonderful outcome! 

“I didn’t think it was possible to change the habits of a lifetime, but you showed me that I could in fact do that & move forward with a much more positive & realistic approach to problems/issues.” 


Feedback and Reflections:

Sarah reflects on her transformative experience with gratitude. Working with Kerry at Fresh Focus she was able to learn more about her thoughts, manage and cope with difficult issues and left with a really positive outlook. She has noticed not only changes in her confidence riding but also more broadly in her life and relationships.

When asking if Sarah would recommend Fresh Focus & Kerry – “100% - if you can change my ways then you can work your magic on anyone!”



Sarah's journey serves as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of self-reflection and introspection. Through therapy and self-discovery, she found the courage to confront her inner demons and emerge stronger and more resilient than ever before. As she continues her journey, Sarah serves as an inspiration to others facing similar challenges, demonstrating that with determination and guidance, it is possible to overcome self-doubt and embrace a life fill.

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