Sports Performance Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor, CO
What You Can Expect with Sports Performance Psychology Counseling
Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor offers sports psychology counseling to help athletes cope with the unique mental challenges they face both on and off the field of play.
Decades ago, most athletes had an in-season and off-season training program. Nowadays, athletes realize that staying in shape, eating well and maintaining performance is a year-round endeavor. Maintaining the type of discipline necessary for sustained performance is far from easy, but the right therapist can help you (or your children) learn how to stay mentally and physically sharp.
Athletes of all ages can benefit from the confidential and caring environment found in therapy. Our therapists understand the unique experiences faced by high school, college, and professional athletes alike.
What You Can Expect with Sports Psychology Counseling
When you first start counseling, we’ll begin with a discussion about your goals for your sports-related performance. Next, your therapist will help you create a specific, detailed plan of action to make those goals a reality. Then, it’s your turn to put the plan of action into practice. Typically, athletes will experience a degree of trial and error to make sure the plan is leading to goal fulfillment.
Your therapist may utilize a variety of therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Additional types of therapy that can be helpful during sports performance psychology include:
- Marriage and Couples Counseling. Negative athletic performance can impact relationships, and vice versa. When there is turmoil in a person’s most important relationships, it’s natural for sports performance to be affected.
- Anxiety Counseling. Anxiety can impact performance, and negative performance can exacerbate anxiety. Anxiety counseling helps athletes learn how to handle anxiety in an emotionally healthy manner.
When to Ask for Help
Seeking sports performance-related therapy is a highly individual decision, and athletes seek support from our team of experienced therapists for a number of reasons. There is no single event or series of events that indicate it’s time to ask for help. However, when assessing a person’s general well-being, we look at four main areas: Sleep, diet, exercise and sexual health. If one is thrown off, the negative impact on sports performance can be dramatic.
Another scenario that we see often at Foundations Counseling is the emotional impact of multiple negative sports performance experiences, like missing the last field goal and losing a game. These events can lead to a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Chronic lack of performance, or a continued state of pressure and stress, also has the potential to develop into chronic, clinical depression.
If your athletic career, or the athletic career of someone you love, has led to feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, overwhelm and depression, sports psychology counseling can help. Throughout therapy, you’ll learn how to cope with anxiety, fear and other emotions so that you can perform at your best.
Set up a Free Consultation
If you or someone you know would benefit from sports psychology counseling, please contact Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor to arrange a free consultation.
If you would like to learn more about our counselors who have specific experience in sports performance psychology, we encourage you to get to know them through their biographies: