Individual sessions help an athlete improve their mindset and/or deal with any psychological/emotional issues that may be impacting their performance, health, and/or well-being. Many athletes deal with a lot of pressure, performance anxiety, mental blocks or loss of confidence. At Premier Sport Psychology, we individualize each session for the athlete/performer/coach. We work with them to build a strong mindset that is not only applicable in sport, but also in many areas in life. Common topics include, but are not limited to: anxiety, confidence, consistency, depression, energy management, general mental health issues, goal setting, imagery, leadership, mindful behavior, motivation, recruiting, relaxation techniques, team roles, transitions, translating practice performance into game performance, values, and visualization.
Group / Teamwork
Group or team meetings are efficient and engaging ways to bring mindset training to a group of athletes and/or coaches. They can provide athletes with individualized skills training, awareness on group/team dynamics, and tools to foster a culture and supportive environment among the team. Team settings are experiential and interactive, benefitting athletes as they are able to learn from each other. Sessions allow teams to explore group concepts such as trust, team dynamics, leadership, team values, and team norms. Each session is highly customized, with our sport psychologists getting upfront input from the coaching staff or management team. Group or team sessions can include athletes and/or coaches, depending on the group.
Workshops / Presentations
Workshops and presentations aim to educate athletes, teams, coaches, parents, athletic trainers, and sport medicine personnel on topics related to mindset training techniques and athlete mental health. Examples might include: stress-management; anger management; leadership development; communication skills; performance anxiety; increasing athlete motivation; the psychology of teams; overcoming mental blocks; dealing with frustration; building confidence, spotting and addressing general mental health problems in athletes (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders, adjustment problems, substance abuse, etc.); managing suicide or self-harm crisis and response; coping with injury; and preventing psychological problems.
Chronic Pain / Injury Recovery
Athletic injuries can cause significant barriers within an athlete’s life. It is common to see higher levels of stress, negative thinking, fear of returning to sport, loss of identity, change in mood, lack of confidence and motivation, as well as loss of enjoyment in sport. That is where we come in to play. Meeting with a sport psychologist can help support the rehabilitation process, boost mood, and assist in overcoming the mental challenges that are unique to injury. It is normal to experience frustration and/or sad mood along with a wide range of emotions during the recovery process. Learning mental tools and techniques to help you optimize your best self during this time period so that you are more resilient at the end of your recovery period is the ultimate goal. Sports injury rehabilitation is 75% psychological and 25% physiological (Hershman, Nicholas &Thompson, 1990).