Rachel Jones

MApplPsych (Sport & Ex) BPsychSc(Hons) BExSc MAPS CSEP MIACN

Founder and Director 

Rachel is an endorsed Sport and Exercise Psychologist and Director of Lift High Performance Consultants. She is passionate about helping people of all ages and performance levels reach their performance potential in sport, exercise, medicine, performing arts, academia, business and everyday life.

Rachel has a background in sport and exercise science, and has held roles in strength and conditioning, athlete welfare, tactical training and sports rehabilitation assessment and management, giving her an additional perspective to bring to her psychology work and a special interest in injury rehabilitation and pain management. Rachel has also completed Clinical Cognitive Neuropractitioner training and is a Certified PR-6 Brain-Based Resilience Coach.

She has experience working with elite athletes from Australian teams and organisations including Super Rugby, NRL, Wallabies, Queensland Jockeys’ Association, Racing Queensland, Sporting Wheelies, Professional Golfers’ Association of Australia, Australian Institute of Sport, Queensland Academy of Sport and more. She is currently the lead Sport Psychologist for the Australian Paracanoe Team, Brisbane Roar W-League, and Football Queensland (women’s program). She is also a provider for the AIS Mental Health Referral Network and the AFL Players’ Association.

Rachel specialises in working with multidisciplinary teams to get the best performance and health and wellbeing outcomes for performers. She also has experience managing critical incidents in sport and has a special interest in mental toughness, coach development, athlete and performer welfare, mental health, injury rehabilitation, athlete career transitions and helping athletes reach the elite level in their sport. Rachel is also a regular contributor to a number of sporting magazines and provides expert commentary on sport psychology topics on radio and various online platforms.


Jones, R.A., Mahoney, J.W., & Gucciardi, D.F. (2014). On the transition into elite rugby league: Perceptions of players and coaching staff. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 3, 28-45.

Kurt Young

BPsych (Honours), MApplPsych (Sport & Ex), MAPS

Consultant Psychologist

Kurt is a performance psychologist based in South East Queensland. He completed the Master of Applied Psychology, specialising in Sport and Exercise at The University of Queensland. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists.

Kurt has a passion for supporting individuals and teams to reach their peak performance in a variety of settings, including sport, business and everyday life. He applies evidence based techniques that comply with the latest neuroscientific insights to bring about long term changes through a deep understanding of the brain and behaviour.


Alongside his role at Lift High Performance, Kurt works in the field of pain management and has publications in the field of neuroscience related to pain and empathy for pain. His research interests extend to the psychological management of injuries in elite athletes. Kurt has experience working with a range of sports, including tennis, AFL, volleyball and softball. He works with a wide scope of age groups, including youth athletes. Kurt has a special interest in injury and pain management, thriving in pressure situations, depression, anxiety and building team culture and cohesion to optimise the success of individuals, teams and organisations.


Young, K. A., Gandevia, S. C., & Giummarra, M. J. (2017). Vicarious pain responders and emotion: Evidence for distress rather than mimicry. Psychophysiology. doi:10.1111/psyp.12865

Giummarra, M. J., Tracy, L. M., Young, K. A., & Fitzgibbon, B. M. (2017). The social side of pain: What does it mean to feel another’s pain? In S. van Rysewk (Ed.), Meanings of pain (pp. 355-373). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.