Hi! I am a therapist that specializes in helping athletes and performers feel and perform their best.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Houston, TX
Supervised by Barbie Atkinson, LPC-S
Anxiety for athletes shows up in many ways. How they think, what they worry about and how their body feels. Anxiety-inducing factors almost always are thoughts about the future. This can cause disruptions in performance, their health, and other non-sport-related areas. Athletes may report not playing like they used to, feeling nervous, nauseous, and worrying about what happens if they don't play well. This is extremely normal for athletes to feel.
ADHD impacts certain regions of the brain and their functions. One of those being the Limbic system that regulates our emotions and attention. When an athlete makes a mistake they can be flooded with emotions due to the impaired ability to recognize their own feelings and adjust them to the situation. It can be hard to bounce back after a mistake or control the emotions you feel. I help athletes embrace their ADHD and use it as an advantage in their sport.
Athletes are faced with stress in their sport, school/work, and life. Athletes can also be faced with physical training stress and loads, travel schedules, diet changes, and injuries. Stress and pressures show up from recruiting, the draft, tryouts, and sponsorship agreements. Stress in athletes can cause both mental and physical disruptions as well as mental blocks, throwing yips, slumps, and target panic.
As a sports therapist, my approach is based on CBT. This means I look for unhelpful patterns in thinking, emotional responses, and behavioral actions. Every athlete I have ever worked with was talented beyond belief! Yet, under pressure, in stress, or consumed by anxiety the athlete thought differently, felt differently, and acted differently. Those changes ultimately led them to underperform.