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While you explore this page, remember that Mental Skills Training is not one-size-fits-all.

For more information on how these services would apply to you, contact us

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Athletes / performers

Strive offers individualized one-on-one mental skills training (MST) to athletes and performers of all ages and domains. After an initial intake to identify performance goals, strengths, and growth areas, athletes will engage in a MST program tailored to their needs. 

Working alongside a Mental Performance Specialist, performers will engage in conversation and participate in activities and exercises aimed at developing the mental skills essential for sustained high performance. Such skills may include:

  • Confidence

  • Motivation

  • Focus


Particular emphasis will be placed on how to transfer and apply these mental skills into the performance environment as to maximize the impact and effectiveness of MST.

While weekly, hourlong sessions are most common, the structure of MST will be dependent on what best fits the needs of each individual client. 

  • Goal Setting

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Coping with Pressure

While athletics and performing arts can be individual endeavors, they more often involve the collaboration and cooperation of performers operating as a group or team.


When this is the case, certain barriers to high performance can be a product of how the group functions as a unit, in addition to the performance challenges of individual team members. A main objective of this type of MST is to promote connection and cohesiveness of the group, in the name of creating a team environment most conducive to high performance.


Group MST goes beyond the topics covered in one-on-one MST to include growth areas specific to team functioning, such as:

  • Team Values & Culture

  • Building Trust

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Conflict Resolution

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Teams, troupes, and pairs

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coaches / instructors

The impact that a coach or instructor can have in the life of a performer – within and beyond the performance environment - is nearly unmatched. The coach is responsible for maintaining a training atmosphere that is healthy and appropriate for the goals of their performers. For this reason, coaches are massive contributors to a performer’s enjoyment, motivation, and overall experience with an activity.


Bearing that in mind, in addition to collaborating with coaches in delivering MST to their teams and performers, Strive also offers MST sessions and workshops for coaches, themselves. Objectives of this type of work include maximizing coach fulfillment and enjoyment in their role and developing and implementing coaching strategies that have been shown to be most beneficial and productive with performers. Topics may include:

  • Providing Feedback

  • Autonomy-Supportive Coaching Practices

  • Coaching Perfectionistic Athletes

  • Sideline Behavior & Self-Regulation

  • Psychological Safety

The final piece of the high-performance puzzle crucial in determining a performer’s enjoyment and experience is the support and messaging they receive from their parents/guardians. Being a sport or performing arts parent today is vastly different than even ten years ago. The intensity of these environments has been turned up a concerning degree, which has made the job of the performance parent that much more challenging and that much more important.

Strive places great value on providing support to parents in order to keep performer enjoyment and physical and mental health at the forefront of the oft stressful world of high performance. Parent-directed workshop topics may include:

  • The Power of Modeling

  • Parent-Child Goal Mismatch

  • Growth Mindset Parenting

  • Communicating After Games/Performances

  • Coaching Your Child

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parents / guardians

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directors / administrators

In recent years, MST has also become an incredibly useful tool for individuals who manage/supervise employees or work within a larger system. In fact, it has become increasingly common for businesses and organizations to employ or consult with performance psychology professionals in the name of improving employee satisfaction and productivity.


Whether you are seeking to boost workplace creativity, foster connection amongst employees, improve office efficiency, or spice up your coach education curriculum, Strive is equipped to offer workshops tailored to the needs of your group or organization.

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