Jonjo Shelvey on how seeing a psychologist is helping


Shelvey told Sky: "I meet up with him probably twice or three times a month and just go through little bits and bobs. It's never a long chat or anything like that, it's just to keep ticking over and see where I am at mentally. It makes you look at life in a different way and puts you in other people's situations so you take a step back, which is probably what I have needed. I started working with him towards the back end of last year and it's helped me massively.

"He bought me a little book and after every training session and game you write a few things down and what you have done good and bad. I'd take it to the golf course and when you hit a bad shot or relive every hole…It's for everyday life and your hand starts to hurt after a while from writing so much! It's good to flick back through and have a read. It's always refreshing your memory of what you can improve on and what you are doing well.

"With so many training sessions you forget what you have done when you look back at the end of the week so you have the little book and write the date down and there you go. I go straight indoors and do it straight away so it's done and then you can enjoy the rest of the day. It's a good practice to have.

"I couldn't care less what people have got to say as long as I have the backing from the people that matter - the gaffer, family, and my team-mates - and they know what I am like as a person on and off the pitch. That's all that matters. Most of the people here would probably say I am one of the most laid-back people here but when I go over the white line I just want to win. I'm a winner and I've had that instilled in me since I was a kid and sometimes it goes over the edge. It's about controlling that and I feel I have done that since I have been back from the Everton game."

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