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Mental Toughness Counseling

Services Provided

Individual / Group / Team Sessions

Coach Sessions / Parent Sessions

Assessments / Mental Toughness Workshops

Individual Sessions:

Individual sessions are designed to help the athlete (coach or parent) recognize the psychological and/or emotional issues creating mental blocks that undermine the athlete's ability to perform as they are accustomed to performing. Com-mon topics of treatment include; confidence, performance anxiety, self-doubt, work-ethic, passion, motivation, goal-setting, relaxation, imagery, failure and more.

Coach or Parent Sessions:


Mental training sessions should include the athlete's coaches and parents. Coaches are responsible for such things as team cohesion, motivation and guidance as the team focusses on a championship oriented mindset. Parents are the advocates at home and can instill an athlete with confidence, self-esteem, work ethic and motivation to reach the highest levels of success while helping to create a winning mindset.

Group or Team Sessions:


The basic premise of group or team sessions is to create team cohesion so that the vision for the team is shared by all. Group or team meetings help create a united mindset that addresses skills, team dynamics, success-oriented strategies, commu-nication, leadership, trust, values, commitment, mental toughness, the recognition of team roles, and other factors related to the practice and competitive environments.

Observations:

Observations are a data collection method used in research as well as to gain an understanding of someone's activities in their natural environment. The observer watches a participant (or group of participants) without any awareness of the observer and records any relevant behavior for later analysis.

Assessments:

Assessments can provide useful information about an athlete’s mental skills, communication style, sport learning preferences, competitive nature, personal motivators, leadership characteristics, personality, and level of confidence. They can be administered to individuals or teams with results used to develop a plan to achieve success.

 Mental Toughness Strategies

Having the correct mental approach is crucial for the athletes' pursuit of high levels of achievement. Given just how difficult the path an athlete faces against other highly skilled athletes with similar goals and dreams, just having the physical skills is not enough. Thus, developing the correct mindset is as important if not more important than developing the physical skills needed to succeed. Mental toughness training offer tools that will help develop the mindset needed to achieve at high levels of play.

Cognitive and behavioral skills training for performance enhancement includes; goal setting; imagery and performance planning; concentration and attention control; development of self-confidence, self-esteem, and competence in sports; cognitive-behavioral s​elf-regulation; emotion management, sportsmanship, and leadership skills.

Counseling and clinical interventions focus on; athletic motivation; substance abuse; grief, depression, loss, and suicide; overtraining and burnout; aggression and violence; athletic injury and rehabilitation; career transitions and identity crises.

Consultations on performance enhancement include; team-building exercises; systems interventions with coaches, parents, and families involved in youth sports; education of coaches regarding motivation, interpersonal and leadership skills and talent development; education of coaches and administrators regarding early identification and prevention of psychological difficulties.

(*) American Psychological Association, (2018). Sports Psychology, http://www.apa.org/ed/graduate/specialize/sports.aspx.