Frequently Asked Questions About Mental Skills Training

What Is Mental Skills Training?

Athletes spend countless hours training the body physically, but often times the mental training is left out. Mental Training teaches you an awareness of how your thoughts and emotions affect performance. For those interested in taking their performance to the next level, Mental Training will help you get there. The areas of mental performance that an individual will learn to be able to control include being able to visualize success, strategies to increase confidence and decrease performance anxiety, emotional control, creating an ideal focus, maintaining motivation and becoming resilient.

With a customized mental training and sports psychology program for coaches, athletes, parents and business professionals of all ages and skill levels, you can learn and apply effective techniques to assist in your performance. Mental Training techniques focus on effective goal setting, visualizing success, positive self-talk, controlling your emotions, maintaining ideal energy levels, and creating an ideal focus. By consistently working on these areas, individuals can work towards consistent peak performances.

What services do you offer?

Katie offers packages for individuals each uniquely designed to meet the specific needs of that person.

What are some common areas that may be addressed?

  1. Establishing specific and realistic goals
  2. Building and maintaining confidence
  3. Creating an ideal focus for training and competition
  4. Performance anxiety
  5. Pre-competition routines
  6. Injury
  7. Transitions (in/out of sport, to different levels)
  8. Burn out
  9. Communication
  10. Team Cohesion

How does it work?

Contact Katie to sign up for a complimentary one-hour consultation. During this session, you and Katie will discuss your goals, known areas of performance that are challenging and how mental skills training can be of benefit to you.

Moving forward, you will then meet with Katie for 50-minute sessions to address the needs discussed in the consultation. Katie can meet with the individual in person, via video chat or by phone. The individual will have unlimited text and email support between sessions.

Do you just work with athletes?

The great thing about mental skills training is that it isn’t just for athletes. Katie works with individuals from a variety of performance backgrounds who are interested in improving their mental toughness. Some examples of other areas of performance include: fitness/exercise, business professionals, musicians, students, dance and actors.

What athletes are saying

I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them.

Amanda Beard

Before the (Olympic) trials I was doing a lot of relaxing exercises and visualization. And I think that that helped me to get a feel of what it was gonna be like when I got there. I knew that I had done everything that I could to get ready for that meet, both physically and mentally.

Michael Phelps

Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.

Muhammad Ali

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.

George Herman “Babe” Ruth

I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.

Bruce Jenner

My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win…channel your energy. Focus.

Carl Lewis

Visualization was the key to my success.

Jack Nicklaus

If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win.

Carl Lewis

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