Life is a confusing mix of unexpected failures, successes, and the uncertainty that lies in between. It catches us unaware, and making sense of it is the locus of living. Such has been the case with the player care therapist, development coach, and psychodynamic counselor, Alex Grove.
As a young kid with dyslexia, Alex grew up with anxiety and stressors that were hard to regulate. It was exacerbated when his school threatened to sue his parents when they de-enrolled him to have him attend a special needs school. Though this was somewhat of an empty threat, Alex associated this with benefiting his academics and developed patterns that made him anxious to perform better and excel at things. Naturally, he gravitated toward sports, but the anxiety persisted. It was then that he realized his penchant for the gym.
Alex credits his onset of interest in athletics as the factor that initially kickstarted his decade-and-a-half-long career in management and development. Over time, he served as an executive coach and personal development therapist across various niche industries like IT, Insurance, and Finance. At the same time, he was working with corporations to deal with issues like absenteeism and slow productivity rates by identifying stressors that restrict high performance in high-pressure situations.
Things took a turn (for the better) after the birth of Alex’s firstborn. He found himself grappling with the same anxiousness that he had long forgotten how to deal with and realized that he wanted to help people regulate these feelings to see a complete expression of self-actualization. With his company, Alex Grove Coaching and Development, he now offers a broad mix of services like Leadership Development, Personal Development, Workshop Facilitation, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Coaching.
With the collision of the two parts of his life – sports and counseling – he shifted primarily toward helping athletes and players worldwide find a secure balance between emotional, cognitive, and physical health through bespoke mental well-being coaching. He believes that this is the role he is most equipped for because, above every other factor, he understands the day-to-day stresses the people go through and empathizes with them – a quality that has been an essential part of his oeuvre.
“I wanted a new role and a career that brought the challenges of working with groups but could also offer an authentic and kinder means of treating others,” says Alex. As such, he has worked with many clients, corporations, and groups. Most notably, he joined Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club as part of their Trusts healthcare initiative. Before this, he worked as a coach with the New York Red Bulls. He has also achieved significant academic success with multiple certifications, including Rational Emotive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from City CBT Coaching College and memberships from ACP and AOC. Most recently, he joined the University of Essex to get his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.
You can avail yourself of Alex Grove’s services for individuals, groups, and corporate settings by scheduling an appointment at his official website or by reaching out to him on LinkedIn.