Posts in the ‘Mental Skills’ Category

Psychological Support/Resources During COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought on so many psychological challenges and at a time when people may feel as though they cannot access mental health services.  Please be aware that mental health services are still available during this time.  Although you may not be able to meet with a mental health provider in their office, most are

Redefining Success in Sports and Life

Former UCLA gymnastics coach, Valerie Kondos Field, helped her team win 7 national titles and she recently spoke at the PAC 12 conference. Her message is quite inspirational, and she talks about the need to change the culture of -win at all costs- and redefine what success looks like in sport and life.  Watch below

Why the Shame Around Postpartum Needs to End

It has become aware to me the lack of knowledge and understanding of postpartum depression and anxiety in our society.  It is important to know that if you or someone you know is experiencing postpartum depression that it is nothing to be ashamed of and hopefully you feel comfortable enough to ask for help.  What

NBA Mental Health Initiatives

The NBA had made big strides this year regarding how they are screening for and treating their athletes with mental health issues.  Hopefully, this will help to reduce the stigma for athletes who suffer from mental health issues and they will be more likely to seek professional help.  This also gives hope that other professional

How to Put Yourself in a More Positive and Productive Mood

Many people believe that how you start your day is going to set the tone for the rest of your day.  So, for example, if you get in an early workout, you will have more energy for the day.  Or if you think positive thoughts on your way into work, then you will have a

Sleep or Exercise….that is the Question!?!

I often contemplate myself if I should stay home and rest or if I should exercise so I’m sure other people have this same dilemma.  There is no “right” answer, but every situation is case dependent. The article below offers some good suggestions of things to consider when trying to make that decision so if

Mental Health Providers Are Not Immune to Mental Health Issues

Any time that I hear that someone has committed suicide it is very upsetting to me, but when I heard that the head of mental health services at the University of Pennsylvania died by suicide, I felt very sad.  The reason I feel so strongly about this is because if someone who is trained how

Common Worrisome Thoughts People Have While Trying To Fall Asleep

So many people tell me that they have difficulty sleeping.  Whether it’s difficulty trying to fall asleep or waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back asleep, both can make you lose hours of much-needed sleep every night. The article below lists some common thoughts people report having

Cori Gauff

I don’t know about you, but I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I am with Cori (Coco) Gauff, the 15-year-old American tennis player who recently competed in Wimbledon and beat Venus Williams.  The amount of mental toughness that she has to have to be able to compete and beat one of the best

Mental Health and Major League Baseball

No one is immune to mental illness, including professional athletes. Based off results from my dissertation research and what I see in my private practice, it appears as though there is a definite lack of support for athletes who struggle with mental health issues. Even though the NFL recently announced that they are requiring each

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