What mental coaching program is right for me?

The easiest answer is the one that works. However, it is important to remember that there is more than one way to address an issue and improve your performance. What is important is that you trust the person your are working with and that the relationship you have with the sport psychologist is one of mutual respect.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for Sport Psychology?

Do you want to get better and be more consistent with your results? Then you are a good candidate for sport psychology. The true definition of insanity has always been, “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” If you want different results then you have to make changes and sport psychology will help you make these changes.

What kind of results can I expect from mental training?

It depends on how are you are willing to work. Remember that change can be a multifaceted process. The more mental effort you put in the more results you are going to see.

What’s the difference between Sport Psychology and therapy?

Traditional therapy is designed based on the medical disease model. You have a list of symptoms and we give you a diagnosis to treat the illness. Sport Psychology is based more on a health model. There are issues that you want to improve upon and they are in some way limiting your life and performances. This does not make you “ill” it makes you desiring a more complete fulfilled life. While some of the methods of treatment may be similar the evaluation of the issues can be quite different.

How do professional athletes train their psyche?

They work on it everyday in practice and competition. The reality is that there is no one specific way to train your mental game. Sport psychology teaches you ways to manage your mental game and deal with unexpected challenges and how to deal with those “mental challenges” in a more effective way.

How does an individual athlete’s mentality impact the game’s outcome?

I believe that your thoughts drive your actions. If you think something can or cannot happen then that is usually what happens. Sport psychology gives you a greater understanding of how your thinking impact your performances and more importantly how to adjust that thinking to improve performance.

How is Sport Psychology beneficial to my athletic career?

You can divide sport into three categories: 1. Physical, which is how hard you train your body. 2. Technical, which are the unique aspects of your sport such as reading greens or catching a ball. 3. Mental or how you prepare to manage stress, deal with adversity, and change your thinking. If you are only training two of these areas then start to train the mental aspect of yourself moves closer to becoming a complete athlete.

What should I look for in a Sport Psychologist?

I always tell my athletes that the thing they should look for is can they trust this person and build a relationship with the Sport Psychologist. If this cannot happen it does not matter what the Sport Psychologists credentials are or who they have worked with. The relationship is everything in the change process.

Why do I need a Sport Psychologist?

As I mentioned above, if you are not training the mental game then you are not becoming a complete athlete.

Why Sport Psychology?

For the athlete, components such as exercise, diet and technique are all about enhancing physical performance. But there is another area of training that, if neglected, can erode or even negate all that hard work and effort.