FAQs about mental performance coaching
What is mental skills training?
Regardless of the sport or performance venue, through mental performance training, I assist athletes and performers in developing mental skills that will help them perform how they want when they want and boost their personal well-being. My performance training includes development of skills such as:
Focusing and re-focusing techniques
Building and maintaining self-awareness
Building and maintaining confidence
Effective communication strategies
Developing a growth mindset
Energy and performance anxiety management
Productive and rational self-talk
Mindfulness, reflection, and cultivating gratitude
Visualization / imagery
What are sessions like?
Like training physically, training mentally takes time, dedication, hard work, and patience. This is why my clients typically work with me on a package basis (6 or 12 sessions). Unfortunately, there is no magic wand I can wave that suddenly makes your mental game as strong as it can be!
INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS are 50-minutes long, either in-person or over video chat. In general, how does each session break down?
5-10 min: Intro, recap, and changes since last visit. Discuss what is new and what has and has not been working.
20-25 min: Activity, education around a mental skill or sport psychology concept, assessment tool or survey, and/or further discussion of goals. (This is the heart of the session and will heavily depend on the client’s individual performance plan and what they bring with them to our session that day.)
10-20 min: Brainstorm how the skill/concept/activity can be applied in the athlete’s specific performance setting. Check for understanding of what we’ve discussed and make sure there’s a clear action plan going forward.
5 min: Summarize session and/or reflection. What stuck with the athlete? Confirm plan for the week/next meeting.
Our individual work together starts with me gaining an understanding of your story and your athletic history. I ask a lot of open-ended questions to learn information about you as a person in addition to you as an athlete. For this work to be effective, I firmly believe it needs to happen on a foundation of mutual respect and rapport. From there, I begin to determine what you need and how I can best help. Sessions are a mix of me listening to the athlete, teaching concepts and skills, guiding the athlete to better understand themselves and how their thoughts and feelings may be impacting how they play, helping the athlete determine when and how to use the mental skills we've discussed (read: action plan!), hearing how previously taught skills have or haven't been working, making adjustments, etc. No one session is the same.
GROUP OR TEAM SESSIONS can take many forms: lecture-style workshops, facilitated discussions, active learning through team-building games, observation and in-the-moment coaching at practices, or a combination thereof. Reach out, and let’s talk about what you’re looking for and how I can help.