I am a San Francisco Bay Area native who recently transplanted to Portland by way of Central Texas. I've previously worked with the US Army (in Fort Hood, TX) as a mental performance expert and resilience trainer and with SandLegs Beach Volleyball Club (Bay Area, CA) as their on-staff mental performance coach. As a former competitive volleyball player, my expertise is working with indoor and beach volleyball players at all levels, but my work in no means stops there. I love working with all dedicated athletes and performers.
Regardless of the sport or performance venue, through mental performance training, I assist athletes and performers in developing mental skills that will help them perform how they want when they want and boost their personal well-being. My performance training includes the development of skills such as:
-- Focusing and re-focusing techniques
-- Building and maintaining self-awareness
-- Building and maintaining confidence
-- Effective communication strategies
-- Goal setting
-- Developing a growth mindset
-- Energy and performance anxiety management
-- Pre-performance routines
-- Productive and rational self-talk
-- Mindfulness, reflection, and cultivating gratitude
-- Visualization / imagery
I teach athletes how to put these skills and concepts into action when, or if, they:
-- get stuck in their own heads at practice and at competitions
-- are unable to let go of a mistake
-- want to strengthen their mindset and seek new perspectives
-- are too self-critical and are getting in their own way
-- need to get out of thinking traps and/or a perfectionistic mindset
-- have to perform under pressure
-- find themselves choking when they compete
-- are not communicating well with coaches or teammates, or need to have a tough conversation
-- lose confidence in their ability to do something that used to come naturally
-- are having trouble managing the stress of being both a student and an athlete
Since I started doing this work in 2017, I have discovered the joys of connecting with and impacting clients in diverse populations. These experiences have made me appreciate how globally applicable sport psychology skills can be, seek to apply them in creative ways, and tailor them to individuals, teams, and groups along the way.
I have very successfully worked with the following sports and populations and look forward to expanding the breadth of my work, hopefully with you!
-- US Army (contractor) at Fort Hood, TX (mental performance expert, present)
-- SandLegs Beach Volleyball Club (graduate-student mental performance intern → mental performance coach on staff, Nov. 2018-Aug. 2019)
-- active adults with type-1 diabetes* (mental skills coach, one-week intensive, 2018)
-- youth tennis players* (mental performance intern, Summer 2018)
-- girls' high-school indoor volleyball team* (mental performance intern, Fall 2017)
-- youth cheerleaders* (mental performance intern, one-week intensive, 2017)
-- incarcerated young men* (mental performance intern, one-week intensive, 2017)
I've worked with athletes as young as 8 and as old as 76!
I'm an active member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). My certification (CMPC) through AASP is in progress. I have my M.A. in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University (2016-2019). I have my B.S. from UC Davis (2003-2007), and I graduated from St. Francis High School in Mountain View. After a successful decade as a professional copywriter and editor, I went back to school in 2016 to answer the call of a more holistic career in mental performance coaching and teaching.
*Due to confidentiality agreements, I am unable to disclose specific teams or locations.