Mental Performance Specialist

Denver Sports Recovery

Sports Recovery & Chiropractors located in Denver, CO

Mental Performance Q&A

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What is Health and Performance Psychology?

Health and Performance psychology are subdivisions of psychology that are focused on helping people optimize health and wellness and achieve optimal performance. There are many psychological factors that influence optimal performance, including mindset or mental state, patterns of thoughts and behaviors, and our available cognitive skills and tools. Health and Performance psychologists assist individuals who want to thrive, including those looking to make major health changes, perform optimally under stressful conditions, excel at an elite level, or simply achieve superior results. The techniques used are action-oriented, present-focused, and rooted in cutting edge research. By helping these individuals refine existing skills, develop new skills, and let go of patterns that hold them back, health and performance psychology enhance your ability to meet your goals and perform to your potential.

Health and Performance psychology can be instrumental in achieving success in the following areas:

    • Achieve optimal performance in sport, business, work, or life
    • Excel under stress and perform your best despite pressure
    • Eliminate anxiety
    • Achieve sustained weight loss
    • Improve your eating habits
    • Achieve quality sleep
    • Reduce the negative impact of chronic pain, injury, or illness
    • Enhance your self-confidence
    • Improve your mood

What to expect at your appointment?

Health and Performance Psychology sessions are offered in-person at DSR and virtually via phone or zoom. You can choose what format fits best for you at the time of booking.

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During your initial Health and Performance Psychology session, your (provider/specialist) will review your health and medical history, establish goals for treatment, and identify barriers to overcome. Prior to meeting for the first time, your (provider/specialist) will send a brief form for you to complete that will be reviewed prior to meeting. The form takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will allow your (provider) to understand your concerns and goals prior to the initial meeting. This will save more time to begin to identify what is holding you back and start discussing tools to help you move forward toward your goals and potential in session one.

Follow up sessions are necessary to help you truly refine the skills and make the changes that will facilitate reaching your goals and achieving your potential. Follow up sessions can last either 30 or 60 minutes. Each session includes review of strategies from prior sessions, problem-solving barriers to success, and discussion of new cognitive techniques and tools to help you be successful.

Who can benefit from sessions?

Sessions have something to offer everyone, whether you’re a professional athlete or just looking to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. We often know what we should be doing when it comes to health, wellness, and performance goals; but we may have trouble executing, finding motivation, or overcoming barriers. These difficulties can happen to anyone from those performing at an elite level, to those trying to establish a consistent health and wellness routine. Health and Performance Psychology is also an ideal component of recovery after an injury, illness, or prolonged time away from sport and activity.

If you have tried numerous physical and dietary treatments and still struggle with the following, consider a Health and Performance Psychology session:

      • Muscle tension/tightness
      • Fatigue or low energy
      • Difficulty finding energy for training or other enjoyable activities
      • Poor sleep including trouble falling asleep and staying asleep
      • Difficulty managing stress or juggling life’s many demands
      • Stress eating, emotional eating, or eating patterns that impede weight loss, health, and performance
      • Anxiety around your goals, training, or other areas of life
      • Inability to get out of your head and perform to your potential on event day

How long until I see results?

Many individuals notice a change in their mood, affect, motivation, or how they are approaching a problem after the first session. Within the first session your (provider/specialist) will help you set clear and defined goals and start providing action-oriented recommendations and mental skills to help you move towards your goals.

Changing our mindset is a process. For most individuals, 4-10 sessions spread out over several months is ideal. In addition to helping you reach your specific goal, you’ll continue to notice:

    • Improvement in your confidence
    • Positive changes in your mindset
    • Improved mental well-being
    • Improved physical health / changes in your health behaviors
    • Reduced anxiety
    • Ability to overcome life’s stressors and curveballs
    • A greater sense of meaning and purpose
    • A greater sense of happiness and well-being
    • Feeling like you are growing, thriving, and ultimately becoming the person you want to be