~Dr. Haefner's Corner~

A series of articles written by our resident Equestrian Sports Psychologist: Dr. Paul Haefner!

His blog posts and videos will be free for everyone, while specific questions will be for members only. If you have any questions or requests for topics, please send them to either: admin@MyVirtualEventingCoach.com or info@RidingFar.com



 

Introducing Dr. Haefner!

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Riding Far was founded by Paul T. Haefner, Ph.D. to provide a wide range of sport psychology consultation services to riders, instructors and trainers.

Our goal is to raise riders’ awareness of the importance of mental and emotional skills in equestrian sport and to help equestrians of all ages, skill levels and disciplines achieve their personal riding goals.

Dr. Haefner is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Northern Virginia with more than 25 years of professional experience. In addition to his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Haefner is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming. In his practice, he provides sport psychology consultation, equine facilitated personal and professional development, and a broad range of other therapeutic services to adults, adolescents and children.

He has served on the Board of Directors of Loudoun Therapeutic Riding.  He has supported the development of research on the horse-human relationships through his role as Research Committee Chair for the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Horses and Humans Research Foundation.

An avid equestrian since his childhood, Dr. Haefner has combined his love for horses and lifelong equestrian experience with his knowledge of human psychology in order to help people raise their level of performance and overcome many of the challenges that arise when participating in equestrian sport. These include issues such as performance pressure, fear, anxiety, motivation, goal setting, focus and concentration.

In his work in equine facilitated personal and professional development, Dr. Haefner uses the unique relationship between people and their equine partners to help clients attain their own personal growth goals, such as increased self-confidence, assertiveness, trust, intimacy and balance in relationships. In addition to his work with individuals, Dr. Haefner presents seminars and clinics customized to the needs of specific groups of riders from a wide range of equestrian disciplines.




Recent Entries

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 42: Looking for Solutions ... It's Personal

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 41: We focus on the wrong things... Why?

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 40: When You Get Bucked Off...

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 39: Challenging Knowledge and Assumptions: Learning to breathe

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 38: Learning or Mistakes: All in the meaning you make

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 37: Syntropy: A Flight of Fancy into the World or Theoretical Physics

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 36: It's All About Energy.. but what is energy?

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 35: The Power of Stories

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 34: When you lose a piece of your heart...

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 33: Independence through Awareness

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 32: Confidence: Where can I get it?

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 31: Patience, Persistence, Optimism

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 30: Slow Down to Go Faster

Dr. Haefner's Corner "Ask the Doc", Question # 9

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 29: Focus to Create the Flow

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 28: The Power of Perspective!

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 27: Quieting Your Inner Critic

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 26: Five Essential Conditions for Change

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 25: On Being Open Minded

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 24: It's Difficult to Ask for Help!

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 23: Resilience: Just as important as goals.

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 22: Goals: More than just direction!

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 21: Gratitude: Take 2!

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 20: The Golden Key to Conquering Fear and Anxiety

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 19: Why Bother? Dealing with setbacks.

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 18: Self Awareness is a VERB not a Noun

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 17: Gratitude: More than food for the soul.

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 16: Expectations and Assumptions: Friend or Foe

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 15: "Equestrian Sport Psychologist... What is that?!"

Sport Psych in a Minute, with Dr. Haefner - Video # 14: "RELAX - a rider's guide to using relaxation!"

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