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FAQ

COVID-19 Response Update

At Advantage Psychology & Mental Performance Center, our number 1 priority is the health and safety of our clients and staff. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have written office-wide protocols to support social distancing guidelines, state, county, and city mandates, and CDC recommendations. At this time, we have shifted all individual counseling services to online HIPAA compliant telehealth platforms. Group therapy services are currently on pause until it is safe to have groups of 6 of more in close proximity to each other. Consulting and Team based services are on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the office with any questions you may have.

How can I know when I should see a therapist or sport psychologist? 


The decision to begin therapy is a highly personal one! While therapy may be more obviously helpful if you are struggling with mental health concerns, have experienced trauma, or are experiencing a sudden lapse in performance, counseling is intended to help all individuals live better. It’s important to know that wanting to improve, wanting more support, or simply feeling curious about the process are enough of a reason to start therapy.
 
Reflect on the questions below to determine if you may benefit from seeing a therapist or sport psychologist.
  1. Do you feel especially overwhelmed or stressed with current life events?
  2. Does it feel difficult to share your current thoughts & feelings with friends, family, and/or loved ones?
  3. Do you feel as though you’re lacking emotional support?
  4. Have you exhausted other options to solve your current dilemma or provide relief to your current circumstances?
  5. Have you noticed changes in your sleeping, eating, or attentional patterns?
  6. Are you experiencing difficulties in your personal or professional relationships?
  7. Are your current concerns interfering with your day-to-day life? Preventing you from achieving or performing the way you would like to be?
If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions, it may be especially beneficial for you to seek professional support.

We also want to note our deep understanding for how difficult it can be to begin therapy or see a mental health provider. It may be that your concern is rooted in shame in speaking about circumstances that bring pain, the fear of losing confidentiality, or the worry of the stigma that accompanies seeking mental health care. Maybe it feels difficult to ask for help. It may be that your concern is rooted in worry or anxiety about the financial burden that treatment can bring. Please do not hesitate to share your concerns about beginning therapeutic or consultative services with us and we will work to address your concerns and accommodate your needs.

What is sport psychology?

Sport Psychology focuses on enhancing the performance and personal growth of athletes and physical activity participants. A primary goal of mental skills training programs is to teach athletes how to self-regulate both their physiological and mental state in order to consistently create their ideal conditions for peak performance.
 
Sport psychology is interested in questions such as:
Why might people perform differently in practice versus competition, or at home versus away?
 
 Are there differences in anxiety, confidence and motivation?
How do those differences affect actual performance?
 
How can an athlete consistently create the conditions necessary to give themselves the best chance for success – regardless of the situation?

Is sport psychology right for me?

Anyone can benefit from sport psychology services. Business people, performing artists, military members, and athletes are all typical consumers of sport psychology services, though anyone looking to reach new goals, improve focus and self-confidence, and overcome setbacks could utilize the mental skills training involved in sport psychology services.
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What is the therapy and consulting process like?

Both are very different from one another, but regardless if services are being received in a one-on-one setting or in a group-setting, you can expect to go through an assessment phase, treatment/development phase, adjustment phase, and feedback/evaluation phase.
 
Individual sessions typically begin with a 50-minute intake session to gather history and evaluate treatment goals, followed by 50-minute individual sessions.
 
Group sessions are typically 50 minutes or 90 minutes, depending on the nature of the group.

Consultations will vary on session and program lengths.

How many sessions will I need?

It is very difficult to say with certainty how many sessions will be required to help you achieve your goals. At Advantage PMPC, evaluation about efficacy and necessity of services are ongoing because of our recognition that each individual, group, team, and organization has unique needs. It is valuable to note that expectations of quick fixes can often lead to disappointment. Life changes, periods of growth, cultural reform, and organizational restructuring take time, commitment, effort, and patience!

What is expected of me?

Research has shown us that the largest predictor of therapeutic success are the therapist-client relationship and client factors. This means that success will largely depend on your willingness to be honest and open, express your honest concerns, and comply with the collaboratively structured treatment/consultation plan

What can you expect from Advantage PMPC?

At Advantage PMPC, you can feel confident that you will receive competent, professional psychological and consultation services. Our providers are dedicated to providing you with kindness, respect, and professionalism. Please let us know if we can further accommodate any additional needs.