Free yourself to go for it!
Sports Psychology for Athletes and Top Performers
*If you are an athlete or the parent of an athlete interested in Mental Performance Coaching, check out my new coaching practice – Headwaters Coaching!
You used to play with joy, enthusiasm and confidence,but now you feel...
- So worried about making mistakes that you don't take risks
- Locked up in your head so you can't just play
- So nervous that your movements aren't fluid, your body isn't doing what you trained it to do
You're ready to..
-Play with passion and joy again!
-Rise above the pressure and expectation!
-Quiet your inner critic and empower your inner beast!
Go from 'Overthinking it' to Maximizing your Performance!
I was in your shoes. I grew up playing competitive soccer and went on to play Division I at Columbia University. The pressure is real. I would get so nervous before games that it made it difficult to play. I felt exhausted before the game even started. I focused on the other team and how good they were. My legs felt tight and my breathing was restricted. I didn't know it at the time, but all of these were symptoms of performance anxiety.
Through my training as a mental health counselor and my experience as a Division I athlete, I have discovered effective strategies for playing with less fear, more confidence and a mindset that embraces challenges.
You don't start playing a sport and dedicate countless hours to it in the hopes that you don't make a mistake. You do it because you love it, because you have an inner drive to improve...to succeed. I want to help you reconnect with that passion and enjoy your sport again!
Whole Athlete Approach
An athlete's performance is only the tip of the iceberg - the part that we all get to see. There is much more underneath to them as an athlete and as a person. Cultivating balance in an athlete's life is critical to their athletic success (performance) and their general well being. Many athletes believe that their sport is who they are and, therefore, their performance has a direct effect on their self-esteem. Peak performance is achieved when an athlete is freed from this expectation. Finding balance allows the athlete to see that their sport is what they do, not who they are. It can be a big part of their identity, but is not all they are. We help athletes cultivate a sense of balance in their lives and a sense of purpose in their athletic pursuits.
Injuries are apart of sports but that doesn't make them any easier to deal with when they happen. To say it is difficult to be sidelined by a major injury would be a huge understatement. Your day to day life is drastically altered when you are injured. You no longer have the stress relief of exercise, the social outlet of their team and positive feedback that comes from performing well. Your identity as an athlete may feel like its been ripped away. Seeking support during these times can be invaluable to navigating the challenges that accompany managing injuries - such as anxiety, chronic pain, depression and loss of direction.
Balance & Wellness
The way an athlete takes care of their body and mind directly effects their level of performance, athletic longevity, injury resilience and overall mental health. We will address all aspects of wellness including sleep habits, sport-life balance, tools for relaxation, time & energy management, boundaries and prioritization.
Individual Sessions: $120 per session (50 minute sessions)
Insurances accepted: Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna
All other insurance providers: I can provide a “superbill” for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement
*Depending on the nature of the counseling, this type of counseling may or may not be eligible for insurance reimbursement
— Mike Singletary