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FAQs

Who uses a sport/performance psychologist or a performance coach?

People from all walks of life who recognize that they have skills, and want to develop their potential to its fullest.  It may be an athlete wanting to make the Olympic team, a business person wanting a promotion, a performing artist wanting to make an audition, or a recreational athlete wanting to enjoy a regular exercise routine.  People often come seeking more confidence or focus in their efforts; others want to enjoy the process more.

What exactly does a performance enhancement specialist/sport psychologist do?

We focus on the mental and emotional aspects of performance.  The process generally involves  (a) clarifying what you would like to achieve; (b)  together with you assessing your strengths and liabilities;  (c) working with you to develop a plan to help you achieve your goals; and then (d) serving as an on-going consultant as you experiment with changes to reach your goal.   At Get Your Head In The Game we draw upon knowledge of mental skills training and sport psychology gleaned from research with Olympians, as well as 20 years of experience helping people solve problems in all aspects of life. We look not only at the individual; but also the context and relationships in which one lives.  Often these relationships are critical to reaching your goals.

Don’t you have to be a “head case” to need a sport psychologist or performance consultant?

Not at all.  The US Olympic teams have long recognized the value of sport psychology and mental skills consultants for athletes of all abilities.  Contrary to popular belief, mental skills are not an automatic by-product of training, practice or experience.  Not everyone has the same capacity for developing mental skills, just as not everyone can run a 5 minute mile— but few people develop their mental skills to the fullest.

What about confidentiality?

All conversations and even the fact that we are working together are confidential and cannot be disclosed without your consent.

What about working with athletes, performers or business persons that compete against one another?

Just as a coach may work with several athletes at one time, there are occasions when I work with individuals that may compete against one another. In these situations my goal is for each person to maximize his or her physical and mental potential. Information shared by one individual is never used to provide an advantage for another.

How much does it cost?

Fees vary according to the type of service, needs and special requests.  Our present rates are $250 per hour for adult performers (executive coaching, performance or life coaching).  We offer services to a select number of amateur youth performers at a reduced fee of $180 per hour.  Fees may be discounted as part of a long-term coaching contact.  Check with our office for more information.

Will my medical insurance cover your services?

Unfortunately, no. Our mission at Get Your Head In The Game is helping individuals sustain performance in pressure situations while maintaining a sense of balance and sanity in life. We offer coaching services rather than psychotherapy.  Medical insurance is specifically for the treatment of diagnosable conditions (such as anxiety, depression, etc.) that markedly interfere with an individual being able to function at a normal level in social, work or interpersonal situations. While many of the issues that we address and the skills that we use are similar to those used by therapists, our clients typically are functioning fairly well in their lives and seeking improvement rather than to alleviate suffering.  If we are addressing issues that impact work performance, services may be tax-deductible as a work related expense, or eligible for reimbursement if your company has a flex benefit plan.  Check with your accountant or your company benefits program to determine if you are eligible.