Mental training (or mental toughness training) helps athletes improve their mindset and overcome barriers that get in the way of reaching their potential. Barriers may include low confidence, performance anxiety, trouble with focusing, composure related issues, or lacking goals and direction.
A mindset coach or a mental training program helps athletes understand how the mind influences their performance and then apply tools and strategies that directly influence how they show up on the court.
A sport psychologist works with athletes on deeper mental health issues such as anxiety, eating disorders and depression.
My philosophy as a mental training coach, is to help the athletes with structure, clarity and perspective. Together, we create a program or an operating system to help them thrive in high-stress environments while applying different tools along the way.
This may look like goal setting and getting clarity on what success looks like for them, time management, accountability, building habits to support their vision, daily intentions to stay on track, and tools they can actually use on the court to re-set or re-focus as needed.
Yes – after the athlete assessment and kick-off session, if I determine that it is not a good coach/athlete fit, I will offer a 90% refund of the package price. After 30-days if you are not satisfied with my services and can prove your athlete did all the work that we discussed, I will offer an 80% refund of the package price. Due to the nature of the Discovery Sessions, no refunds will be given for this package option.
I offer parent support and check-ins with my packages. This will help you better understand how to guide your athlete through the process of mental training and give you a common language on how to talk about it with them. For many parents, supporting their athlete with their mindset work will mean understanding what their athlete is going through, what they're working on, and then letting them do their thing.
I think everyone can benefit from mental training. Even if things are going well now, hiccups and setbacks are inevitable in sport, especially as the athlete continues to progress.
The most common sign that an athlete would benefit from mental training is when he or she is unable to perform to their potential consistently in competition. Some signs to look for in your athlete include: inability to cope with the pressures of competition, becoming easily distracted, or having difficulty with performance anxiety or fear of failure.
Another situation in which mental training could benefit your athlete is if they are playing at a new level of competition and may face diminished confidence (playing behind a starter, new position, sitting the bench).
With that said, I always evaluate the athlete to make sure we're personally a good fit together through my Athlete Assessment and Kick-off Session. These touch points will give your athlete a better idea of what to expect and for me to get a sense of whether they’re open to the training. If it doesn’t feel like a good fit between to either me or the athlete, a partial refund will be given.
To get an idea of the programs I offer individual athletes, please see the Mental Training for Athletes page.
Everything is good until it isn’t. If your athlete is on top of their game, there’s a chance they haven’t had to deal with too many setbacks or challenges yet. Which is a great confidence booster, but does little to provide them with tools they need to get through the muddy areas of sport.
Mental training will help your athlete focus better in practice, work more efficiently and get to the next level of their sport quicker. If your athlete is passionate and willing to put in the work, they are a great candidate for this program. There are inevitable setbacks when it comes to sports, especially has your athlete transitions into more competitive levels of their game. Mental training minimizes the time it takes to recover and maximizes the learning experience from their struggles.
Your child is not weak. If their mental game is derailing their performance, it’s because their mind is strong. Mental training is learning how to direct and utilize that strength in a way that is helpful to their performance, not harmful. While the term “mental training” or “mental health” may be taboo or taken as “something is wrong with me/my child”, several articles and research papers prove how valuable mental training is to growth and performance. Many professional athletes and Olympians credit mental training for their success in sport.
Both! Offseason is a great time to build a mental training foundation, set goals and create an action plan that prepares your athlete for when their performance matters most. Coaching sessions during the season are great for feedback in common situations or setbacks, testing and trying tools when the competition is at its peak, as well as reinforcement and motivation support.
The Group Huddles are 40 minutes long and take place on Sunday evenings twice a month. These sessions are recorded if the athlete is unable to attend live. I will also offer to review the session information with them 1-1 as their schedule allows.
As far as 1-1 check-ins go, I keep these at 30 minutes or under if we do them via FaceTime and they are pretty informal in nature. I open these to athletes once a month, but in the past, athletes utilize these sessions only every six weeks or so.
In addition, athletes have taken these meetings in the car or bus, in the morning before school, or between class and practice. I also conduct intermittent check-ins with my athletes via text so they can respond as they become available.
As for the "homework", I won’t give the athlete more than 10-15 minutes worth of daily activities to do. These things often include visualization, goal setting, or implementing a routine.
Consistency, not necessarily large chunks of time, is most important with mental training to produce results.
2 hours for the Group Huddle sessions
1 hour total for 1-1 check-ins (via text or FaceTime, interspersed throughout the weeks)
10-15 minutes for the work they implement on their own (they choose their own routines so this up to them!)
One of the first things I have both the athlete and the parent do, is complete a questionnaire which asks, "What does success look like to you after our time together?" Having this insight from both you and your athlete helps me direct my focus and really hone in on the areas I can support your athlete best.
However, the athlete will get as much from this program as they put in. I will make sure to work around schedules and learning styles and take the time to build rapport with your athlete, but they have to meet me halfway.
I have found that the athletes who are most successful in this program are willing to try new things and step out of their comfort zone, have an open mind to what we are learning, and show up willing to engage and focus.
Sports psychology and mental toughness coaching is not a one-size-fits-all solution to performance issues in sports. Results vary from athlete to athlete and are contingent upon factors such as a desire to improve mental game skills, the ability to implement sports psychology strategies, and willingness to overcome the mental obstacles that get in the way of performance.
However, anticipated outcomes include improved confidence; greater composure; keener concentration because of increased ability to cope with distractions; and entering the zone faster and staying there longer.
One of the first things I have both the athletes and coaches do, is complete a questionnaire which asks, "What does success look like to you after our time together?" Having this insight from both parties helps me direct my focus and really hone in on the areas I can support your team best.
However, you will get as much from this program as you are willing to put in - that means scheduling mental training into your schedule regularly (I will help you with what this looks like). These solutions are not a one-size-fits-all and I rely on a relationship with the coach to provide feedback and let me know what is working and what is not working so I can help you adapt.
I have found the teams who are most successful with mental training dedicate practice time daily or weekly to mindset work, are willing to try new things, and where I have an open dialogue with one or more of the coaches in which we bounce ideas of each other, provide feedback on the exercises, and keep me update on what is going on within the team culture so I can assess and suggest appropriate solutions.
Positive outcomes at the team level include enhanced confidence, better focus, increase in practice efficiency, and team unity. I can also help a team in a slump identify why performance is dipping and how certain mental game strategies can positively impact their performance.
I am based in Seattle, Wash., but I can work with teams or athletes from anywhere.
I can do in-person sessions for teams or individuals in the Greater Seattle area. I also offer phone, FaceTime or Zoom Conferencing options for those anywhere throughout the US.
Basketball is what I know best and it's the sport I am able to go deeper with and provide more support in when it comes to working with both teams and individual athletes.
With that said, I have worked with athletes in cross country, soccer, and softball. Usually, if the athlete or team is motivated to improve, my programs can apply across sport.
If for any reason I do not feel I can support your team or athlete's needs best, I will refer you to someone in my network that may be a better fit. I have connections in soccer, softball, baseball, swimming, volleyball, golf and gymnastics that I am happy to pass along if needed.
Mental training is helpful for teams who simply want to improve their overall performance. As a coach, you likely know the symptoms that indicate your team is not performing to their potential, such as when athletes lack confidence, lose motivation, commit more mental errors than usual, or perform better in practice than during competition.
To get an idea of the programs I offer at the team level, please see the Mental Training for Coaches and Teams page.