I’ve heard athletes being called a different breed. Therapists talk about how they don’t understand the mentality or fear of athletes. It’s like no one can quite “get through” to them. Know this: I understand and relate to athletes because I was one and I know how to effectively support and work with athletes because I coached them at the collegiate level.
I enjoy working with athletes because they are familiar to me. I appreciate their dedication, hard work, and toughness. I honor their passion, perseverance, and strength. And what I really really want is to be able to support them and make their journey easier than mine was.
I love teaching athletes tools and skills to increase their confidence exponentially, to regulate themselves and their emotions in order to focus their efforts, to be in “the zone” and to get as much joy from their sport as possible.
Unlike the symptom-focused approach of sports psychology; I go beyond the cognitive brain into the deeper parts where athletic ability, body memories, experiences, and movement is held. Using neurophysiological techniques I identify and target performance problems stuck in the athlete's brainbody. I help them release fears and mental blocks quicker and more effectively, increase athletic ability, and have the athlete feel more comfortable with who they are.
Sports Performance Problems
In order to free an athlete of repeat sports performance problems, I focus on the conditioned reflexes in order to de-condition them. By undoing the interfering survival reflexes, the athlete can relax and let his or her naturally developed performance instincts and skills take over. I locate, process, and release these survival-conditioned responses.
What often happens, is that because the repeated sports performance problems do not make logical sense to the suffering athlete, the athlete becomes impatient and frustrated and expect themselves to get over "it" quickly so they work harder and will themselves to get over it. This never works and instead leads to the patience and frustration turning inward and they put themselves down by using negative self-talk further reducing their already dwindling self-confidence. This impatience and frustration are fueled by two common traits in dedicated athletes: perfectionism and competitiveness.
How do injuries affect an athlete?
"A physical injury is a trauma to the nervous system that is felt in the site of the injury and stored in the brain. But a physical injury in sports is also psychological injury to the nervous system. The simultaneity of the physical and psychological traumas leads to them to be recorded together and as such, interwoven and locked together in the brain and the body. The physical and emotional traumas become inexorably intertwined, especially as more traumas accumulate over time." This is why the body must be brought into treatment. This is the work that Upside Life addresses when working with athletes. No matter the injury or if the athletes thinks it has impacted them...it is stored inside the brain and inside the body and must be released for true PERFORMANCE EXPANSION.
I effectively combine the latest science with my clinical expertise and 27 years of personal experience in elite athletics to connect with and support athletes.
*All sessions are available in person as well as remotely (I use Zoom)*