One-on-one consultations are designed to equip individuals with the mental attitudes, skills, and processes that will accelerate development and allow them to more reliably perform at the upper end of their abilities in high-stakes situations such as major competitions or performances. Sessions can be delivered face-to-face or at a distance using supportive technologies.
WHO WE WORK WITH
We work with performers of any age or level from a wide range of performance domains as well as coaches who want to learn how to integrate mental preparation into their programs and parents who want to know the best ways to support a developing athlete or performer. Click on one of the tabs below to learn more.
Most high achievers understand that technical expertise can only take them so far. Indeed, at the highest levels of any performance domain, it is often the mental game that separates the truly elite from the heaps of comparably talented competitors.
Mental skills, like physical skills, can be developed through instruction and practice, and performers who view mental preparation as an integral part of their training will have a distinct advantage over their less mentally prepared counterparts.
Mental performance consulting can take the guesswork out of this process and provide you with a set of concrete, evidence-based practices to incorporate into your training routine. Ongoing consultation is recommended to ensure full mastery and integration of all newly learned concepts and skills.
With the right fit, a mental performance consultant can become one of your most trusted advisors and a key member of your success team.
Let’s face it. Coaching is a tough gig. From the school or organization demanding greater success, players harping about playing time, and parents expecting scholarship offers for their children, coaches often catch heat from all directions. Moreover, coaches might not always know how to best support athletes who are going through a performance slump, grappling with injury, or struggling with the pressures of competition.
Mental performance consulting can help coaches and their staffs better navigate these and other challenges. Some coaches might be motivated to learn how to incorporate mental skills into training on their own rather than bring a consultant in to work with the team. This “train-the-coach” approach is a great way to make mental preparation a part of your overall training ethos. Consultations can be provided to an individual coach or to the entire coaching staff
Parenting a young athlete or performer can feel just as stressful as competing or performing yourself. As a parent you have high hopes for your children and want to support them in achieving their goals, but it can often be unclear how best to offer psychological and emotional support through the inevitable ups and downs of training and competition.
Because young athletes and performers are often highly attuned and sensitive to their parents’ feedback and expectations, whether real or imagined, even well-intentioned parents can inadvertently undermine a child’s performance through subtle forms of communication.
With help from the experts, you can learn practical, concrete strategies for supporting your child in their performance endeavors so that you can become an asset rather than an obstacle to your child’s mental game development.
Greatness requires doing the mundane things when no one is looking.
HOW IT WORKS
THE RIPE MINDS PROCESS
In your free initial consultation, you will share the details of your performance goals, and we will explain in practical language the benefits of working with a consultant to develop a systematic approach to mental training. If the relationship is a good fit, we will design and implement a customized training program that is aligned with your stated needs and goals. Although the uniqueness of each situation makes it difficult to describe the “typical” consulting relationship, it is common to begin with one hour of consultation per week and quickly adjust the frequency and duration up or down as need dictates.
There is also a broader overarching trajectory for the consulting process that comprises three somewhat overlapping phases:
THE RIPE MINDS APPROACH
What sets Ripe Minds apart from other performance consultants? The distinguishing characteristics of our approach are a client-centered focus on the self-determined goals of the individual or team, a holistic perspective that aims at developing the complete person behind the performer, and an insistence upon evidence-based strategies, with an emphasis on the use of mindfulness techniques to enhance self-awareness, concentration, and emotional regulation.
We believe that when approached with the Ripe Mindset, the pursuit of performance excellence can also profoundly enrich your life outside the performance domain. The mental strategies and perspectives that enhance skill-learning and performance fundamentally target self-awareness, self-regulation, and effective communication, all of which translate into more satisfying life experiences and relationships overall. Don’t forget that you engage in your chosen performance activity because it provides a steady supply of enjoyment and delight. Never lose that sense of playfulness!
A Ripe Mind is a Playful Mind.