I've been an athlete all my life, playing everything I could growing up including soccer, tennis, downhill skiing, volleyball, basketball, golf, football, and baseball. In high school I excelled at baseball and committed to playing in college. However, an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery kept me off the field and had me struggling with identity issues. I was no longer an athlete, the one thing I derived my confidence and sense of purpose from. This experience drove me to sport psychology. I wanted to learn how I could have come back from injury better and help others to do the same. Today, that is what drives my passion, the chance to help others reach their potential and overcome adversity.
I am a firm believer that sport has the potential to teach us valuable life lessons. However, research has shown that if we are not explicitly taught how to transfer the lessons we learn in sport (how to cope with failure, how to deal with critical feedback, how to work with others, leadership, etc.) to the other areas of our lives, they won't transfer. This is a point of emphasis in my work, especially with kids. These mental skills are not beholden to the sport arena. They can be used in just about any situation life presents us since it is all about how you are using your mind.
my approach to mental training
Objective: Increase self-awareness and understand specific mental training needs.
The first stage of the process is a discovery phase. The objective is to help the athlete learn more about themselves - their strengths, weaknesses, values, beliefs, mindset, and tendencies. At the end of this phase the athlete and I will have a clear path for what needs to be worked on.
Objective: Learn sport psychology mental skills, techniques, and concepts specific to individual's needs.
Once awareness has been developed and specific training needs targeted, the athlete will learn new mental skills and concepts. At the end of this phase the athlete will have new tools they can use during competition as well as drills to utilize to help ingrain their new mindset.
Objective: Tailor the mental skills specific to the athlete's environment and make them automatic.
Just like physical skills, mental skills need reps. In this final phase we will be training the skills and getting in reps so that when the time comes you automatically know what to do.