Frequently Asked Questions
Is Mental SKills Training (MST) only for Athletes?
No, many sport psychology consultants also work with performers from other domains (i.e., dancers, musicians, actors) as well as professionals from business and medical fields, first responders, and the military. Anyone can develop mental skills to perform better under pressure or gain enjoyment from achieving personal objectives.
If i'm an athlete, is MST only beneficial at the elite level?
No, athletes at any level can benefit from learning mental skills, from recreational all the way up to the Olympics and everything in between.
Should I consult a Mental PERFORMANCE consultant if i have CONCERNS about my mental health?
It is always a good idea to let a professional know about any psychological concerns you are having. However, as a mental performance consultant, I am not a certified clinical psychologist. If the underlying issue involves a mental illness, I would refer you to a clinical psychologist, who is licensed to treat various psychological problems, such as substance abuse, eating disorders, or severe cases of anxiety or depression.
Is MST only for "problem athletes"?
No, just because you want to work on your mental skills, does not mean there is something wrong with you. The best way to conceptualize mental skills is to view them as another performance-enhancing tool in your arsenal. The majority of sport psychology consultants work with athletes who fall within the normal range of psychological functioning, and who are simply trying to learn skills that can improve their performance and give them an edge over their competitors.
Can mst provide a quick fix to solve my concerns?
No, creating noticeable improvements in your mental skills takes time, dedication, and hard work. If you decide to see a consultant right before a major competition, one or two sessions is not enough to radically alter performance. I find a useful comparison to be that of rehabilitating an injury. If you suffer a significant injury, seeing an athletic therapist once or twice is not going to be enough to get you back to normal functioning. The same approach needs to be taken for making improvements in your mental skills. Improving takes time and patience, but if you are willing to work, you can make the desired changes.
What outcomes can I reasonably expect from MST?
MST cannot turn an average athlete into a superstar. Mental skills can help an individual maximize his or her potential, but they cannot guarantee a performance well beyond the individual's abilities.
if i am skeptical about MST, will it still benefit me?
It's normal to have some doubts regarding MST because it's "outside the box". But there is a large body of scientific literature as well as numerous anecdotal reports that support its effectiveness. If you are open-minded and willing to give mental skills a chance, they have the potential to help you.