Athletes & Active Lifestylers
Whatever your sport and whatever your age, I'd love to be your therapist.
It's true about what they say about the mind-body connection. Medical issues can create psychological issues, and vice versa. Athletes can be at a greater risk for injury when they are struggling mentally and emotionally.
Athletes can suffer from a number of issues unique to them and the sport they play.
They may be struggling with:
- "Getting In The Zone"
- Pressure to Perform
- Performance Anxiety
- General Anxiety
- Panic Attacks (during the sport or in daily life)
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Coping with injuries and not being medically cleared to play
- Body Image Issues
- "Overtraining Syndrome"
- Interpersonal Issues with team mates
- Academic Issues
- Professional Issues
- Life Transitions
Often times, these struggles can get in the way of daily roles and responsibilities. They can cause someone to feel alienated and disconnect from others in their lives, especially if they feel that no one else can understand what they are going through or feeling.
When athletes have to leave a sport for whatever reason, they can begin to question their purpose and identity. These presenting issues can sometimes snowball into depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and difficulty managing emotions.
I understand the thought, "I should be strong enough to handle this on my own." There is no shame in reaching out for help. I want to support you both on and off the field.
Mental & Emotional Skills Training
My aim is to help athletes function as best they can emotionally and mentally. There are 9 mental skills that athletes need to develop in order to continue performing at their best.
- Positive Attitude
- High-Level of Motivation
- Creating, High, but also Realistic Goals
- Dealing Effectively with people
- Positive Self-Talk
- Mental Imagery
- Managing Anxiety (Performance Anxiety)
- Managing Emotions
- Maintaining Focus and Concentration
You and I will work to identify which of these areas you are struggling. We will identify realistic and achievable goal. We will identify barriers that are getting in the way, and then begin to work on skills for you to utilize in order to improve your functioning.
Therapy will also focus on other areas of your life that are causing you stress and anxiety. Since I believe in a holistic approach, I want to make sure we address things both on and off the field, the court, ice, stage, etc.
If you are currently going through a life transition such as "hanging up you cleats" for any reason, I will provide support as you move through this transition. We will work together to continue forming your healthy identity now that you are transitioning to a new stage in your life.