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Sport Psychology UK, Marnie Merrilees, CPsychol (in training), MBPsS, MSc, PGCert, BSc.Hons

Marnie is a Sport and Exercise Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society, currently training to be a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) eligble for HCPC registration. Marnie also has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Psychological Research and a BSc. Hons. Degree in Psychology. Since 2010 Marnie has been a part-time lecturer and dissertation supervisor in Sport & Exercise Psychology at the University of Sunderland. 

Marnie has over fifteen year’s experience of working as a psychologist; including working for the NHS in Health Psychology, Learning Disability and Mental Health, in addition to six year’s experience as a Sport & Exercise Psychology Consultant.

Sport & Exercise Psychology Consultantcy involves working one to one with adults and children (including parents) seeking psychological support. This involves working with a range of team (e.g. football, rugby, cricket and rowing) and individual (e.g. athletics, golf and swimming) sports including equestrian sports (i.e. dressage, eventing and show jumping).  As well as conducting psycho-educational workshops for groups of athletes (i.e. males or females from various sports, at different levels of competition and different ages).

Marnie also works with coaches from a range of sports (e.g. providing guidance for UKCC level 3 equestrian coaching portfolios, or coaching exam preparation). Marnie is a UKCC level 1 Equestrian coach and a UKCC level 1 Football Coach.

Marnie has also worked with professional and semi-professional teams such Sunderland Association Football Club, Gateshead Thunder Rugby League Club and Gateshead Football Club.

                             What can you expect from me?

Tailor-made programmes. After our initial meeting, I will plan a series of sessions to achieve your goals.

The latest Sports & Exercise Psychology techniques to improve your skills and confidence.

A partnership and support between sessions as you require. You won’t be on your own!

Enthusiasm and commitment to your goals.

Reliable and approachable with a good sense of humour.

An enjoyable learning experience.

Ongoing research into how people best learn mental and physical skills for sport.

FREE initial meeting to discuss your individual needs.



Marnie Merrilees, CPsychol (in training), MBPsS, MSc, PGCert, BSc. Hons 

Sport & Exercise Psychologist (in training)

Registered with the British Psychological Society

Registered with

UKCC Level 1 Football Coach

UKCC Level 1 Equestrian Coach

Trained in Basic & Advanced Motivational Interviewing 


Marnie has published work in peer reviewed journals and has presented her work at regional conferences:


Conference Presentations:

a) Reflections of a case study, at BPS conference in Portsmouth October 2012 to an audience of about 30 professionals.

b) MSc Research findings at PSYPAG conference in Sheffield 2010, to an audience of about 15 postgraduate students.

c) Clinical AUDIT findings at Chronic Fatigue Service/ME regional conference in Durham 2008, to an audience of about 50 professionals.

 Poster Presentations:

Merrilees, M. (2012). Sport psychology and the school girl high-jumper that was afraid to jump: a case study.


a) Merrilees, M. (2010). Taking the stage: Presenting at a conference for the first time. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, Vol. 1 No. 1, 34-36.

b) Merrilees, M. (2010). Qualifications in sport and exercise psychology: Information day for candidates and potential candidates. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, Vol. 1 No. 1, 36-39.

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