Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do you call yourself "consultants" and not "sport psychologists"?
There are 2 types of practitioners in the field. "Sport psychologists" are licensed psychologists who focus mainly on clinical issues
(e.g. depression or eating disorders), but may also be qualified to work on performance-related issues. "Consultants" focus on
performance-related issues and take an educational approach to teaching clients mental skills that will help them improve their
mental game and increase mental toughness.
- What is mental conditioning?
Our thoughts and emotions affect our actions, behavior, and performance. Mental conditioning helps individuals become more aware of how
they think, feel, and respond and teaches them how to use mental skills (e.g., goal setting and imagery) to maximize performance. So the
process and goals of the mental conditioning sessions are tailored to the specific needs and goals of the client(s).
- I don't have a "problem", why do I need mental conditioning?
The purpose of mental conditioning is to help you improve the quality of your training and performance and help increase your mental
toughness in order for you to reach your full potential. "Mental training doesn't work to 'shrink' athletes. If anything, it's designed to
'stretch' the potential of athletes or to 'enlarge' their capacity to perform better, to develop more fully, and to enjoy sport more." – Vealey (2005, p. 137).
So whether you have a performance problem or not, mental conditioning can help you become more mentally prepared and increase the consistency of your training and performance.
- Will our discussions be released to coaches, athletic department staff, or professors?
For clients 18 years of age and older, information discussed during sessions will be kept confidential between you and your consultant unless you give
permission to discuss the information with others (for example, your coach or athletic trainer) or when required by law (for example in the case of
knowledge about child abuse or if you pose a serious threat to harm yourself or someone else). If you are under the age of 18, you will need to get
permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to receive services and have the information discussed be kept confidential.
- How many sessions do I need before I see any performance improvements?
Just like you spent many hours and years developing your physical skills, commitment and consistent practice of mental skills is
required for you to improve your performance. Unfortunately, we cannot make any guarantees that your performance will improve as
the result of working on your mental game because there are so many factors that go into performance. However, you increase the
probability that your performance will improve by devoting time and effort to working on your mental game and you become more
mentally prepared for practice, competition, and pressure situations. So while sometimes a "quick fix" may be possible,
the best results come from consistent practice over time of learning and using mental skills. It may take some time and hard work,
but it will be worth it!
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