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Sport & Performance Psychology
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines SPORT PSYCHOLOGY as addressing the interactions between psychology and sport performance, including the psychological aspects of optimal athletic performance, the psychological care and well-being of athletes, coaches, and sport organizations, and the connection between physical and psychological functioning. PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY is defined as focusing on the psychology of human performance, in particular, professions that demand excellence in psychomotor performance (i.e., performing arts, surgery, firefighting, law enforcement, military operations, etc).
Stressed, Overwhelmed, Burnt Out?
If you are a professional dancer, athlete or performer or you are serious about becoming one, you are probably an extremely driven, fiercely competitive, high achiever. You’ve trained endless hours and, if your pursuit is physical, you’ve endured unimaginable amounts of pain. You are passionate about what you do. You tell yourself “no one and nothing is going to stop me!” You’re a star athlete or performer! …But lately your professional performance has plateaued or dipped, your personal life has become unmanageable and you’ve become flooded with anxieties and doubts.
Here’s What Could Be Going On
While athletes, dancers and performing artists do need an exceedingly high level of commitment to achieve their goals, problems often occur when they become single minded and “overly focused” on their training. Your career, once seemingly headed towards glory, can be shattered if the same mindset which allows you to work superhumanly, leads you to interpret chronic fatigue, pain and emotional overload as laziness or weakness. In an effort to be “stong” you can end up ignoring your physical health, personal life and psychological well-being. This in turn leads to burnout, anxiety, injuries, depression and ultimately a shortened career.
Help Begins Here
If you are feeling overwhelmed and unable to handle life’s stressors while trying to keep your career on track, therapy sessions can help you create better balance in your life. I’ll work with you as a dancer, athlete or performing artist to release overly demanding self-talk and internal criticisms and replace it with the healthier type of focus you need to succeed. We’ll pinpoint your individual road blocks and redefine your goals and strategies, so that you can reach your potential, have longevity in your career and fulfillment in your life. Reach out, I’m here to help get you over this hump!