FAQs

  • What is mental conditioning?

Just as physical conditioning builds strength, endurance, and resilience, mental conditioning develops the mind’s strength, endurance, and resilience.  Mental conditioning develops the psychological skills and attributes needed for individuals to perform at their best when they need it the most.

  • What is the difference between a sport psychologist and a mental performance coach?

Psychologist is a legally protected term describing individuals trained and licensed to deal with clinical issues such as depression, eating disorders, personality disorders, etc.  “Coach” comes from the Hungarian word for carriage.  A “coach” transports you to your desired destination.  You set the goals, and the coach provides the means and support to get you there.  A mental performance coach focuses on performance enhancement, not restoration.

  • What is a CMPC?

A Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) has obtained objective validation of their expertise in helping clients develop and use mental, life, and self-regulatory skills to optimize performance, enjoyment, and/or personal development in sport or other domains (e.g., performing arts, military).

CMPCs are individuals with a master’s or doctoral degree in sport science, psychology or a closely related field who have met specific course requirements, completed an extensive, mentored applied experience, and passed a certification exam.  Learn more here.

  • Can I benefit from working with Mark?

Simply put, every performer can get better.  Remember, you don’t have to be sick to get better.

  • How does it work?

It starts with a conversation to assess whether working with Mark is a good fit.  We'll look at where you've been successful and where you could get better.  From there, we craft an individualized plan that develops the skills and attributes necessary to achieve your goals.  Mark supports you as you begin the implementation of your plan, and provides reinforcement and fine-tuning as you progress.

  • How often should we meet?

Getting stronger requires an ongoing commitment to an individualized program in the gym.  In the same way, building the skills and attributes of a peak performer requires hard work and ongoing practice.  Total sessions will vary based on an individual's needs and goals.

  • Will insurance cover our sessions?

Unfortunately, no.  Insurance companies do not view mental performance or stress management as essential.  In fact, insurance often does not cover therapy either.  You can learn why here.