Samantha Shanks-Husbands. Dip.Hyp, HPD, MUKHC


and Anxiety Specialist

Your mindset enables you to truly fulfil your potential. No matter how skilful or talented you are, if your mind isn’t positively engaged it’s impossible to perform at your potential, especially under pressure.

I’ll teach you mental skills that will enable you to overcome anxiety, improve your self-confidence, advance your sporting performance, enhance your enjoyment of your life, and so much more!


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Change your mindset… and change your life!

I’ll teach you how to harness the power of your own mind, to ensure that whatever it is you are doing – your mind is working for you, not against you. Just as you train your body to perform, you can also train your mind. Just as you can build physical strength through training, you can also build mental strength through training.

Listen to just a few of my happy clients describing the success they’ve achieved – in their own words!

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Case Study

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Victoria Maw – GB International Dressage Rider and UKCC Level 3 Dressage Coach

“To find someone like Sam to have on your Team is just brilliant!

I thoroughly enjoy the skills Sam has given me to become a better self. Not only can I use these skills for my horses when at home/training or shows, but I also find myself using them in my everyday life, to have a better mindset and focus on what is important.

I can’t thank Sam enough!”

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Proudly supporting the Royal Navy Equestrian Team

I deliver mind coaching to many members of the Royal Navy Equestrian Team, and I sponsor awards at the Royal Navy’s annual equestrian competitions.

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The Benefits of Mental Skills Training



Genuine confidence enables you to perform well, fulfil your potential and enjoy the experience.


Freedom From Anxiety

Nothing is more valuable in life than peace of mind. Learn how to overcome anxiety, stress and feeling overwhelmed.


Improved Sleep

The quality of your sleep impacts every single aspect of your life. There is a great deal we can do to improve your sleeping pattern.


Enhanced Performance

Develop the psychological skills that will enable you to deliver a calm, focused and determined performance


Freedom From Fears and Phobias

Remove the limits and restrictions that phobias and fears are putting on your life. 


Improved Mood

Struggling to manage moods and emotions can have an impact on so many important areas in our lives. Learn how to become the driver of your experience.

Case Study

Jordan Hogg – Crossfit Athlete

“I went into my first session with zero clue of what to expect and to be honest a little sceptical, but straight away Samantha put me at ease. Just by her talking me through what she does and what we could achieve I was hooked and couldn’t wait to get started.

Over the next few weeks, I retested a number of gymnastics tests, using all the techniques I’d covered with Sam. I can honestly say that I beat all of my previous scores.

I now use these techniques without thinking about it in every session and can’t wait to use them in competition!

Sam… You’re awesome!”

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Hi, I’m Samantha

I’m a Mind Coach and Anxiety Specialist.

Being able to manage our physical state, calm our mind, having a supportive inner dialogue and directing our focus and attention to where they are most valuable, are the four pillars of success.

When you can achieve these four things, you can flourish, thrive and truly fulfil your potential, let me show you how!

Listen to me being interviewed on BBC Radio Somerset

I was delighted to be asked by BBC Radio Somerset, to appear in their ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ feature live on the Connected show with Charlie Taylor. You can listen to my interview here, to hear me talk about the work I do and how it all got started!  


Client Comments

Competitive Crossfit Athlete

“Using all of the techniques I’d covered with Sam, I can honestly say that I beat all of my previous scores. I visualised myself doing it, I controlled my breathing, I had visual cue’s ready and went out and controlled my performance”

Sam…. you’re awesome!

Nervous Equestrian

“As an older adult rider coming back to the sport after a 30+ year break, my internal dialogue was not pretty. Sam showed me how to change that dialogue and now I am a believer in that how you think, what you tell yourself can be changed and when it’s changed – so are you! I would recommend that EVERYONE try it!”

Thanks again Sam!

Competitive Horse Rider

“My goal from working with Sam was to overcome anxiety I have experienced for many years when horse riding in a competitive environment, but the techniques she has taught me have helped with so much more than that! I have become more confident in my own ability and now have the tools to overcome any issues that I face, not only when I’m riding but in all aspects of my life”

Dealing with Anxiety

“I have lived with chronic underlying anxiety for years. I thought this was how it would be for the rest of my life. Then I worked with Sam and my quality of life changed overnight. She is amazing. She changed my life and she could change yours.”

Controlling Emotions

“In just four sessions, I went from being tearful and struggling to cope, to feeling radiant and confident. Sam enabled me to change my thinking which changed my experience of events. Working with Sam exceeded all my expectations and I really enjoyed working with her. It was an amazing experience!”

Managing Arthritic Pain

“Sam was welcoming, friendly, warm and professional and listened to my concerns and expectations. If I had to summarise it in one line it would be ‘working with Sam is an uplifting experience’”

Increasing Confidence

“Deciding to have a session with Samantha was one of the smartest decisions I have ever made! Whilst there are always going to be challenges in life she has given me the tools to meet them head on and focus my efforts where they will have the greatest impact”

Struggling with Weight Loss

“Sam has helped me so much. For all of my adult life I have struggled with my weight, the typical yoyo dieter. The problem was not losing weight, it was maintaining my weight once I lost it, so I asked Sam for some help with this. I dropped a dress size and I am happy to say that six months on I am still that same dress size. This is miraculous for the yoyo dieter!!”

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Rachel Clyde – AA Eventer

“I’m a training level AA eventer that came to Sam after struggling with confidence to move up levels. Working with Sam over the past 6 months or so has allowed me to take a different perspective toward higher pressure environments.

I recently went back to a venue I haven’t been to for 2 years because of how busy the environment was. Last time I was there I had a nasty fall due to my horse being very distracted. My trainer couldn’t come, I switched classes minutes before I got on, I couldn’t find my horses bonnet, there was a trainer there watching that I really respect and I was doing everything by myself. All things that would’ve really stressed me out in the past.

None of these things distracted us and we came out of the show as reserve champion. I was very proud of my horse and really felt like I could attribute the progress to my enhanced mental state. This particular example is from a jumper show, but all the things I mention are transferable to all of my rides.

Highly recommend Sam for show nerves, anxiety and practical tools to handle what comes your way at shows and in life.”

Your Personalised Mental Training Programme

Drawing on a range of evidence based approaches, I’ll teach you how to create the changes you want in your life. You will learn how to apply the psychological skills and techniques you need, so they are there for you when you need them most. By developing psychological flexibility and having a tool kit of resources, you can enjoy life more and fulfil your true potential.

One-to-One Online Sessions

I conduct all my sessions online. So providing you have access to the internet, you can enjoy sessions with me at a time of your choosing, from anywhere in the world.

Personalised Audio Recordings

Audio recordings of our sessions will be available to you in your private portal, so you can continue practising and honing your mental skills in your own time.

Lifetime Access Client Portal

Once your mental training programme is complete, you’ll continue to have private access to all the resources I will share with you during the programme.

Timed to Suit You

I work with clients in various timezones, and wherever possible I make myself available at a time that fits into your schedule and training routine.

Tailored Documentation

Within your client portal you’ll have access to our session notes, instructions on exercises you can practise following our sessions, reading materials and written resources which support your mental training programme.

Private and Secure

All aspects of our work together comply with data privacy and security regulations, and you’ll retain full control over any information recorded.

“It’s not the will to win that matters - everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

 Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant – American Football Player and Coach

“The attitude with which we approach the situation, can determine our success or failure.”

Peyton Manning – American Football Quarterback

“The most important part of a players body is above the shoulders.”

Ty Cobb – American Major League Baseball Outfielder

"Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone has great forehands and backhands."

Novak Djokovic – Serbian Tennis Player

"What you think affects how you feel and perform. Training your brain is as important as training your body."

Gary Mack – Sports Psychologist

“Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. There is no 'i' in team, but there is in win."

Michael Jordan – American Basketball Player

“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”

William James – American Philosopher