Performance consulting FAQ

What is Performance Consulting?

The American Psychological Association, or APA (Division 47) defines sport and exercise psychology as “the scientific study of the psychological factors associated with participation and performance in sport, exercise, and other types of physical activity.” Sport psychologists focus primarily on helping athletes use psychological principles and skills to achieve optimal mental health and to improve performance.

Here at S2S, we go beyond on just teaching you sports psychology skills to improve performance or overcome injuries. We also incorporate several interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help clients maximize their sense of well-being both on the field and off. This is why we refer to these services as Sport Performance and Injury Counseling.

Participating in sports can impact an individual in a number of different ways. Sports and Performance activities can impact coping strategies, social interactions, family dynamics, personal identity and future planning. Those same domains outside of sport can impact performance.

More simply put, how often do you find that when participating in sport that the stressors of everyday life like school, work, relationships, and finances affect your performance? In contrast, how often do you find that the demands of training and competition impact your life away from sport?

Why was I referred for Performance Consulting?

Athletes seek out sports psychology services for many reasons. Some seek out sports psychology services when they have hit a performance slump, experience anxiety, burnout, or struggle with a setback like an injury. Other athletes come in wanting to take their game to the next level and are looking for new tools to help enhance their performance.

Is this covered by my insurance?

Sports Psychology Services are generally not considered a medical necessity and are therefore typically not covered by insurance. As a result, our session fees are paid out of pocket. We can provide you with documentation should you choose to file a claim independently for reimbursement.

If you pay out of pocket, the Select Plans offer some cost savings. The additional benefit to not being paid through insurance is that you can benefit from as many sessions as you choose and a more flexible schedule.

What should I expect on my first visit?

Upon being greeted and escorted to a treatment room, you will be met by our expert, licensed counselor.  The two of you will discuss your history and concerns, including the reason for your visit and factors related to your present condition. Together, you will discuss a treatment plan and establish goals. Visits will then be tailored to address your individual needs and goals. If new concerns arise, they will be discussed and incorporated into the treatment plan.

Techniques and skills taught vary depending on your needs and goals. For example, performance enhancement skills training in areas of self-confidence, goal setting, imagery/visualization, and stress management will be integrated with cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy techniques such as cognitive appraisal and restructuring.

The techniques and skills discussed during your session often take practice and time to master so you will be encouraged to apply these techniques at home when you have the opportunity. Sessions typically last 50-55 minutes.

how should i dress?

Please wear comfortable clothes.  If arriving from another activity, feel free to bring a change of clothes.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring your driver’s license or any form of picture identification. There will be new client paperwork that needs to be completed prior to your first session. You can complete it in person when you arrive, or we can email it to you so you can complete it prior to your first visit.

I’m not an athlete, can I still benefit from these services?

Absolutely! Performance consulting is not just for athletes. The same skills and techniques discussed with athletes can help people of all ages and backgrounds including students, those in the fine arts, and business professionals. Professional and academic environments can be equally competitive much like the athletic arena. Please call the office to see if these services may help you reach your wellness goals.