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“Tom brings a very interesting and powerful mixture of skills to his coaching. I used Tom for rock climbing coaching and was very impressed with (and thoroughly enjoyed) the session. Tom prepared for the session in considerable detail in terms of the info he gathered from me so that he was able to design the right content and approach for me. I felt I learnt more in those few hours with him than in the whole of the last year out on the rock by myself . Tom is also a thoroughly nice chap and a pleasure to spend time with. I’ll be working on the drills/tips he has given me and will for sure be back with him in a few months for the next stage of progression. I really do recommend Tom very highly” – Kit

About Climbing Coaching

Hi I’m Tom

I work with people to help them to feel calm and take control of their life. For a long time now I have combined my experience as a climbing coach and as a talking therapist to work with people to enhance their mental performance in their climbing. I notice and observe the little things that climbers do unconsciously that prevent them from getting the results they want, and communicate in the style that is most appropriate for the lessons to be absorbed easily. I use a range of tools and techniques that I have developed during my time as a talking therapist and climbing coach so that the climber can feel calm and take control of their performance.

I believe that climbing should be a pleasant activity that boosts self-esteem and remains motivational, uplifting and positive for ones well-being.

I live near Bristol (UK) and I provide 1-1 or 1-2 bespoke coaching sessions. I also run “Introduction to sport climbing sessions” for those who wish to take their climbing outdoors.

“After suffering with ‘vertigo like’ issues for a while and overcoming the majority of my problems on my own, I had reached a point where i had simply excepted that there will always be some things which i wont be able to do.
I was referred to Tom and I will admit that i was very skeptical, but willing to give it a shot if it helped me progress.
After a very relaxed and informal meet, he guided me through what i can only describe as a guided visualisation technique. I must stress how skeptical I still was during and after this process, and therefore was excited to put myself to test at the next opportunity.
To my amazement I accomplished things which in the past completely shut me down. I even found new confidence whilst on holiday climbing harder than I ever had before.
Tom is very professional and his approachability and enthusiasm to help sets him apart.

Thank you for your help!” – Steve

A video from Tom Powell Coaching. Filmed and produced by Psyched Climbing

“In my climbing lifetime it is a fear of falling which usually holds me back. If there is a climb I can’t do it will be the fear of injuring myself or the fear of the unknown fall which will most often be the reason I cant do something rather than strength or technique. I used to find this very frustrating as I thought it was harder to fix than just getting stronger or practicing technique. Tom and I have worked together on a number of occasions to help with this and much to my surprise each time it has helped me push my grade or take on a type of route I was previously unable to do due to fear. Tom has given me anchors to help focus on positive thought and not fixate on the thoughts of falling. He has also given very practical coaching by way of fall practice in a safe environment and even spent a session showing me the best ways to fall off the bouldering wall so as to minimise risk of injury.
The best thing about Tom is his easy and reassuring manner, I instantly feel safe around him, and he creates a very safe and comfortable atmosphere in his sessions. This leads to a very productive session, and every time I have seen him I come away feeling very positive about my climbing and ready to jump on things I would previously have been to scared to try.” – Marie


Your advice last week was very effective. When it got me to the top of that project I’d been working I felt like I still had enough left in me to have kept on climbing if the route had been longer. Many thanks. – Alan

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