The stigma associated with seeking psychotherapy is intensified for athletes and student-athletes. Quite unfairly, athletes are expected to be exceptional and competent in most areas of their lives. They fear that even basic acknowledgements of stress will be seen as weaknesses and used against them by teammates, coaches, and the public. As a result, many athletes suffer in silence. Stress in personal lives can be overwhelming, distracting, and leads to a lower quality of life. When coping is not learned, personal suffering continues, and this distress spills into athletic performance. Having emotional distress can put athletes at risk for poor sport performance, inability to meet athletic and academic expectations, and injury.
I counsel student-athletes experiencing:
Adjustment to college
Stressful relationships with teammates, and coaches
Balancing athletic, academic, and social demands
Anxiety and depression
Post high school and college planning
In addition, I work with adult amateur and professional athletes. Professional athletes are faced with similar pressures, as well as unique challenges because of their elite status.
In addition to the areas listed above, I counsel professional athletes who need help with:
Managing family responsibilities
Living in the public eye
As a psychologist, I perform psychological evaluations of athletes for attention, learning, and mental health concerns, as well as emotional issues related to sport performance.