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Therapy for Athletes

As a student-athlete, you might be feeling exhausted, overly stressed, or less excited about the sport(s) and classes you once enjoyed. 

You might frequently wake up tired, sore, and still ruminating over mistakes you made in your last competition. You probably want nothing more than a day of rest, but chances are, you have a ton of homework to catch up on, as you can’t seem to find the time or energy to complete everything in between classes, travel, games, and your personal life.

The pressure of representing your school or travel team and being watched and criticized by so many people, including family, friends, fans, recruiters, reporters, and especially yourself, is very intense. Maybe you’re so anxious and overwhelmed that your athletic performance and grades are both slipping. You might be comparing yourself to others, questioning if you even want to continue competing, and unsure of which academic or athletic path is best for you. Many people don't understand and might even dismiss the amount of pressure you face, but athlete mental health should not be minimized. 

If you continue on this way, you risk the potential of injuring yourself, burning out, or jeopardizing your academic standing and your position on your team(s). 

You are NOT alone. So many other student-athletes can relate, including myself. I played sports in both high school and college, and I coached varsity and AAU girls’ basketball for six years. I know that you CAN find peace of mind and confidence through it all, both in and out of your sport(s).

Athlete mental health services can help. With a willingness to receive support and to try new evidence-based strategies, you can learn how to let go of unhelpful self-criticism and to manage your anxiety and stress more effectively in and outside of athletic competition. 

You’ll realize it’s okay to ask for help and not to be perfect; your mistakes do not define you.

Therapy for athletes can help with:

  • Building self-awareness and self-compassion
  • Clarifying your goals and values
  • Improving time-management
  • Prioritizing your needs
  • Advocating for yourself
  • Regulating your emotions
  • Coping with worries and ruminating thoughts
  • Facing your fears

You can achieve:

  • Balance
  • Peace of mind
  • Increased sleep and relaxation
  • Improved motivation and focus
  • Higher confidence 
  • Stronger athletic performance
  • Better grades
  • The ability to overcome setbacks or injuries more quickly