Chris can help a team or individual unlock hidden potential.
All of us are born with significant, innate potential for excellence, yet few of us truly harness such potential and do so consistently. I believe that this is due to our failure to focus on responsiveness (to situations and circumstances) as the single biggest factor to achieving high level performance. Practically speaking, this means that most of us do not respond to challenging, competitive situations with our “best self” and are subject to a deterioration in ability in critical moments when maximum ability is needed most.
This can be seen in American youth sports where children are becoming more and more competitive at earlier ages yet are suffering terribly from poor responsiveness in performance. Evidence of this can be experienced by simply asking any group of competitive young athletes if any of them are afraid to fail (and then watch almost every hand be raised).
The solution lies in the concept of RESPONSE-ABILITY. When it comes to high level performance, an individual's ability to respond appropriately to a given situation is the single biggest factor in maximizing performance.
As a mindset and performance coach, my goal is to help and individual, team or coach increase RESPONSE-ABILITY! The most important factor in this process is to empower an individual (or group of individuals) to look honestly at how he or she is reacting to situations, circumstances and/or conditions and then challenge the individual or team to work towards responding more effectively. Focusing on, and optimizing “response-ability” is championed by world renowned sports psychologist Dr. Ken Ravizza (who currently works with the Chicago Cubs) and is a central theme in Gestalt Theory which is a humanistic psychology theoretical perspective. This approach is central to my psychotherapy practice and is incredibly beneficial for helping driven, performance-minded individuals unlock their hidden potential. Below are the specific areas I address:
My greatest success as a licensed psychotherapist is blending sports psychology concepts and processes with experiential Gestalt Therapy in working with athletes as well as anyone in a high stress environment. By focusing on "response-ability," my clients learn how to meet challenging situations with their best self and along the way develop routines and processes to keep performance consistent.
Sports psychology & team building
Having played college and professional sports, I understand on a personal level the importance of mental and emotional team training for improved performance. In working with a team I blend sports psychology with experiential activities making the experience beneficial to team chemistry. Again, the focus is on RESPONSE-ABILITY and developing routines and processes to keep performance consistent. Bringing my work into a team dynamic will give the athletes tools that help them stay focused on the playing field and significantly increase their ability.
Coaches who have incorporated my RESPONSE-ABILITY enhancing concepts into their coaching style have found my support valuable in effectively communicating with both players and parents.
After initial work with a team I am available for consultation to assist the coach in dealing with issues such as (just to name a few), how to coach a player that is down on his/herself, how to coach a player with a negative attitude, how to deal with a disgruntled player and how to deal with a disgruntled parent, etc.
WORKSHOPS FOR ATHLETIC ORGANIZATIONS
Chris has designed workshops specifically to help young athletes deal with the mental and emotional challenges of competitive sports. Athletes learn how to regulate their mental and emotional state, creating positive and healthy attitudes on the field.