You know how managing the responsibilities of
being a student-athlete is overwhelming?

 

I help you manage all of those roles effectively so you can find success. The more your priorities are in the right balance for you, the more resources you have to focus on performing your best in all of your roles.

As an athlete, you are in a unique position where you manage many different variables: school, sports, jobs, relationships, and your own well-being. Learning how to effectively balance all of those roles can be overwhelming and confusing, so that is my focus when working with you. Many tools I use to help you perform better are the same (or similar) tools I use to help you have a better life. So why not focus on doing both?!

Achieving peak performance, fostering athlete mental health, and helping you apply sport psychology concepts to your life are my passions. Although I specialize in working with college student-athletes, I work with athletes across various competitive levels (recreational to collegiate, National/Olympic team members, professional). I work with athletes throughout over 20 individual and team sports and have extensive experience with basketball and endurance sports (running, triathlon, cycling).

 

 

Mental training improves performance

 

As an athlete, you focus extensively on improving your body for optimal performance. There is a large body of research suggesting mindset matters in sport performance, so it is important that you focus on improving your mental approach to sports, too.

I utilize a strengths-based approach that allows you to capitalize on tools you already have. I also teach you how to identify growth areas so we can focus on making those aspects of your mindset even stronger. Because I strongly believe in improving performance across many areas (e.g., sports, academics, life, relationships) we will discuss how to translate these skills to all areas of your life. 

Mental training can be helpful for you at any level to improve performance and create success. Whether it's enhancing confidence, rebounding from failure, modifying self-talk, strengthening concentration, managing distractions, or something else, we'll work together to help you reach your goals.

 

 

 

You are human

 

You do amazing things and reach awesome goals. You're also human and experience emotions just like everyone else. Experiencing emotions or having mental health difficulties does not mean weakness. "Mentally tough" athletes who reach goals also experience mental health difficulties; they're not mutually exclusive. This is particularly the case for college student-athletes given this is the time of onset for many mental health difficulties. Because it can be difficult to acknowledge mental health difficulties, I am passionate about helping to end the stigma for athletes around mental health issues.

I am a licensed psychologist who has specialized training to work with athletes experiencing anxiety, eating issues, and adjustment to life stress. I also work with athletes experiencing depression and ADHD. It is important that you find the best provider to meet your needs, so if I'm not the best fit, I will refer you to a provider who can help you. 

My mental health services consist of individual therapy to provide you with tools to manage mental health issues and diagnostic evaluations to aid in diagnostic clarification and treatment planning. 

For more information regarding my clinical practice in non-athlete populations, please contact Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks, PLLC. Please note that I am only taking new non-athlete patients for psychological evaluations; I am not taking any new non-athlete patients for individual sessions.

 

The most profound aspect of mental illness is that it occurs in people who are otherwise functioning well, even in those possessing outstanding abilities in specialized and creative endeavors.
— Burton (2000, p. 61)