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Thrive Under Pressure

MENTAL PERFORMANCE COACHING FOR ATHLETES

Bounce Back Quickly

Play With Confidence

Find Your Flow

There was a time when you played with joy, freedom and confidence,

but now…

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You’re tense, worried about mistakes and indecisive.

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You find yourself wondering, ‘Do I have what it takes?’

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You’re trying to ‘get out of your head’ but don’t know how.

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You’ve become very self-critical and sometimes feel like an ‘imposter’.

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You feel burned out, tired, and uninspired – like you’re just going through the motions.

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You deserve to play with the joy & freedom you used to before the pressure to succeed became so big. 

Learn how to take charge of your mindset.

Reclaim control and play with freedom and confidence again!

Reconnect with your love of your sport

Move from 'overthinking' to confident action

See difficulties as challenges instead of threats

Bounce back quickly from mistakes

Overcome performance anxiety

Learn to manage your inner-critic

I was in your shoes…

I grew up playing competitive soccer and played Division I collegiate soccer at Columbia University in New York. I experienced significant performance anxiety during my playing career but didn’t have the awareness of what was going on or the right support to manage it.  

As a professor at Mars Hill University teaching Sports Psychology, I’ve practiced how to teach these mental training techniques so that the athletes I work with can understand and implement them. In addition to being a mental performance coach and professor, I am a licensed therapist. I understand people, how pressure affects each person differently, and how to help people overcome their obstacles and be successful. 

I have worked with athletes of all kinds to help them overcome the mental barriers that are holding them back – team sports, such as baseball, soccer and basketball, and individual sports, such as cross country, track, and mountain biking. 

3 Steps to Get Back in the Flow

"But....," you might be saying,

“The pressure is really intense. I don’t think you understand how high the expectations are for me. It’s impossible to enjoy playing anymore.”

It’s not easy to find the joy in playing again when the stakes are high, but it’s very possible and well worth the effort. It’s a mindset – it’s not dependent on results or performance. The stakes getting higher is all the more reason to tend to the mental part of your game.

“I can’t help thinking about messing up. I’m not trying to! I just get ‘in my head’ when things start to go badly.”

Trying to not think about it or attempting to block out negative thoughts doesn’t tend to work, at least not sustainably. My approach will help you enjoy your sport and perform consistently, despite the (normal) nagging, negative thoughts that most athletes experience – some periodically, some more consistently.

“My coaches and teammates don’t buy into all this mental training stuff.”

This process is for you. Let your play and your demeanor speak for itself. If you choose to share about it, feel free, but that’s your decision.

“Sometimes I wonder if I really have what it takes.”

Everyone wonders that at times, even the greatest athletes and performers. Abraham Lincoln nearly didn’t go into politics because of his intense fear of speaking in front of people. His speech, The Gettysburg Address, is seen as one of the most influential speeches of all time! You get to choose how much attention you give to that thought. Don’t let it keep you small! Don’t let it hold you back from going for it!

“I just need to practice and train more. If I improve and work out a few of the kinks, then I’ll feel more confident.”

There’s no doubt that preparation helps increase confidence and decrease performance anxiety. However, too much preparation can lead to burnout, fatigue or injury. So much of sports are mental (up to 90% by some estimations), especially as you get to higher and higher levels where everyone is talented. Train the mental ‘muscles’ as well as the physical ones, and you will be a much more well-rounded, resilient, confident athlete.

Here’s what athletes I’ve worked with have to say:

 Andrew helped provide and guide me through methods to deal with anxiety and pressure which contributed to positive effects of slowing the game down, performing better, and more enjoyment. He also assisted in shifting my perspective that I am not identified based on my stats/performance but who I am as a person by establishing the idea of person > player which gave me a better outlook on my struggles as a baseball player and propelled me to bounce back from a negative moment.

– Collegiate Baseball Player

 Because of the help I received, I was able to overcome my performance anxiety and mental boundaries that blocked me from doing my best. It helped me realize that my mistakes don’t reflect how good I am, rather my response to them and how hard I work no matter the circumstances. Now I am able to play freely and without limits and it is so much more enjoyable.

– Collegiate Soccer Player

How Can I Get Started?

Starter Offerings

Phone Consult

 Free

30 Minute Phone Consultation

Clarify primary challenges and potential goals for coaching.

Included on phone consult: athlete, parent or both.

Explain options for coaching, what we offer, benefits of performance coaching. 

Answer your questions about sports performance coaching, coaching packages, etc.  

 

Discovery Session

$125

55 Minute Session (in-person or virtual)

Identify primary mental hurdles athlete is encountering.

Create coaching plan based on athlete’s goals and challenges.

*If you choose to pursue a coaching package (below) the cost of this session will be credited towards first month. 

Mental Training Bootcamp

$295 /4 sessions

Weekly 25 minute sessions for 4 consecutive weeks (in person or virtual).

Follows 4 part Personal Training for your Mind curriculum.

Build resiliency, mental fortitude, focus, & confidence.

Includes homework in between sessions and supplemental materials. 

 

I'm ready for the next step:

Coaching Packages

Flagship

 $495 /month

55 Minute Discovery Session (in-person or virtual)

Weekly Sessions                         

Follows Mental Training Curriculum personalized to athlete’s specific challenges     

Text contact in between sessions via WhatsApp

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Premier

 $595 /month

55 Minute Discovery Session (in-person or virtual)

Weekly Sessions                           

Follows Mental Training Curriculum personalized to athlete’s specific challenges

Text contact in between sessions via WhatsApp

1 Onsite session per month          (in addition to weekly contacts)

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Additional Offerings:

Premier+

(Coming Soon – Price TBD)

55 Minute Discovery Session (in-person or virtual)

Weekly Sessions                          

Follows Mental Training Curriculum personalized to athlete’s specific challenges

Text contact in between sessions via WhatsApp

1 Onsite session per month 

Access to online trainings & courses (coming soon) 

 

Parent Session

 $195

90 Minute Session focused on how to effectively support your young athlete

Option to include athlete or parents only

Potential topics include: effective communication, guiding not micromanaging, transferring responsibility, planning for the future

Team Training

 Cost Varies

Consultation with coaching staff to establish goals, topics

Sessions with the team occur on-site and last 60-90 minutes

Potential topics include: Overcoming Negative Self-Talk, Building Team Chemistry, Effective Communication, Increasing Resilience, Post-Athletics Transition

Staff Training

 Cost Varies

Training for sports professionals on mental training techniques.

Audiences include youth sports coaches, physical therapists, athletic trainers, college coaching staff etc.

Potential topics include: Psychology of Injury Recovery, Coaching the Mental Game.