Meet the Team

Cognitive Sports Therapy was founded by Dr Claire Gillvray, Nicola Ostler and Lucy Hibben in Cambridge, UK.

Dr Claire Gillvray

Claire qualified as a medical doctor from Edinburgh University in 1999. She initially trained in Psychiatry becoming a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2004. She then went on to become a Member of the Royal College Of General Practitioners in 2006. She has worked as an NHS GP Partner, Appraiser and Trainer in London, Bristol and Cambridge. She ran her own private practice in London called The Pulse Clinic, and worked in Addiction Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital. She currently works as a Private GP in the Nuffield Hospital, Cambridge and in the Marylebone Centre for Psychological Therapies, London. She is a Member of the Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group and her research into Addiction and Sport won the Royal College of Psychiatrists Addiction Faculty Poster prize in 2019.

She  completed her Masters from Bath University in Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2010. She has worked with both professional and amateur sports people in particular triathletes, runners and boxers. She has competed herself at all distances from sprint to Ironman triathlon in her age group racing both for Great Britain and Ireland. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Sports Nutritionalist and Online Coach with ISSA. 

She founded Cognitive Sports Therapy to help people become mentally strong through improving their physical fitness and using their mind, body and breath.

Nicola Ostler

Nicola has been a health and fitness coach for over ten years, working with clients from across the population. She has a particular interest in working with women and those with mental health issues. Having had postnatal depression herself, she has both training and personal experience of how exercise can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Nicola is an accomplished triathlete and Cambridge University netball player and, as well as her training, knows from personal experience how different stages in life, for example pregnancy, childbirth and health issues can affect the body and its responses to exercise. She has competed in many running and triathlon events, including Ironman distance races and has coached others to do the same.

Nicola has coached netball, football, and volleyball amongst other programmes. These years of coaching and training constitute a broad experience in physical education which she now shares with both her clients and other instructors. She continues to attend courses and seminars to keep up to date with latest developments, which you will see incorporated into her varied planning and advice offered.

Lucy Hibben

Lucy went to her first yoga class more than 15 years ago and immediately loved the physical asana practice, however it wasn’t until more recently, after the birth of her second child, that she started to cultivate a daily practice at home.  It was at this time she began to discover the joy of combining movement and breath and the immensely positive impact this had on her body and her mind.

In 2018 she trained under the guidance of Paula Ahlberg at the Wellbeing Warehouse in Newmarket. Lucy is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance International.

​Lucy has been influenced by many wonderful teachers and her style of yoga takes elements of the practices she loves including Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Vinyasa Flow yoga/Hot Power Yoga. With a background in ballet and contemporary dance, Lucy teaches in a creative, fluid and fun way. Lucy brings elements of yogic philosophy into each of the classes that she teaches meaning her classes are taught at a deeper level with the aim of helping her students find a true connection to themselves.   Lucy strives to help her students bring the principles of yoga into everyday life, with the aim of helping them to truly grow and flourish and find joy in the present.