As a competitive athlete I have always struggled with overthinking and sensitivity. Although able to compete at a very high level, I was often distracted by internal thoughts and emotions that I couldn’t quite control. Through my education and experience as a mental skills consultant I now know enthusiastically that athletes and coaches can learn to be confident, motivated, focused, emotionally balanced, and mentally prepared – allowing them to achieve any goal they set their mind to.
– Amanda Ferranti, Founder of Ferranti Empowerment
What is mental skills training?
One-on-one mental skills training is designed for athletes ages 9 and older. The average Ferranti Empowerment client takes 8 weeks to learn applicable mental skills for their sport as well as every day life. Sessions are creative and innovative to meet individual needs, however general mental skills include, but are not limited to:
- Emotional Management
- Refocusing strategies
- Positive self-talk
- Building a long term memory for successes
- Effective goal setting
- Deep breathing and relaxation techniques
What happens in mental skills training?
- Assessment of sport mindset with a standardized questionnaire and personalized discussions
- Worksheets and a take-home binder for mental skills development that is individualized for each athlete
- Weekly 60 minute consultations in-person or via Skype
- Unlimited email and text access during regular business hours
- Competition video analysis
Do you have a dream goal?
It’s important to have goals when you’re trying to improve yourself. Common goals for individuals seeking mental skills training with a sports psychologist include:
- To reach the next level of competition (i.e. college, academy teams, regional or national identification, professional)
- To achieve a certain statistic (i.e. scoring, break records, drop times, improve scores, increase wins, etc.)
Do you know what stands in your way?
- Do you focus on your mistakes?
- Do you perform better in practice than in competitions?
- Do you get too nervous before a competition?
- Has anyone ever told you that you need to be more confident or aggressive?
- Are you recovering from an injury and feel like you are behind in training or afraid to get re-injured?