Athlete Counseling

The Becoming is a group of Wellness and Performance Professionals dedicated to helping current and former athletes navigate the athlete experience and live their best lives. Whether you are an active player or transitioning out of the game, in-season or off-season, on the field or off the field, we offer you a wide array of services in order to fulfill that mission. In serving athletes, we seek to reduce stigma and increase awareness around athlete mental health and wellness, thus transforming athletic culture and society as a whole.

What
We Do

The Becoming Athletics helps current and former athletes by offering education, skill-building, mentorship, training, counseling, coaching, and other wellness services.

Our Services

HOW
WE HELP

We help our clients from a whole-person approach. We recognize that being an athlete is one piece of a bigger picture...being a person. Participating in sports is not who you are but rather something you love to do. By taking into consideration mental, behavioral, and emotional areas of the human experience, we help you maximize the athlete one.

Areas of Focus

Who
We Are

Our team ranges from Licensed Clinicians, Certified Fitness and Nutrition Coaches, Integrative Health Coaches, and Former Collegiate and Professional Athletes. We serve athletes of all ages, from youth sports to the professional level and after. We’re ready to serve you.

Our Team
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Individual Sessions

Our Licensed Clinicians are either former professional and collegiate athletes or have extensive experience working with athletes. Through one-on-one counseling services, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the challenges of being an athlete or in the transition to day to day life. Individual sessions are 50 minutes in length and can be via Telehealth or in person.

Health Coaching

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching

Our Certified fitness and nutrition coaches know what it takes to reach peak performance and overall wellbeing. With a three-prong approach of fitness, nutrition, and motivation, our coaches provide comprehensive and customized care to guide you in your health and fitness journey.

Health Coaching

Our former professional and collegiate athletes know what it takes to be successful on and off the field and during your playing careers and after. We offer customized, whole health solutions through individual health coaching sessions that help guide you from a holistic approach, whatever your needs may be.

Health Coaching

Group Workshops

The Becoming Athletics has a dynamic and versatile team made up of former professional and collegiate athletes, licensed clinicians, certified nutrition and fitness coaches, and integrative health coaches who are committed to the total wellness of athletes. We offer group symposiums and workshops where we educate current and former players at all levels on the various skills and tools necessary to navigate the challenges of the athlete experience.

Speaking Engagements

Through our team of former professional and collegiate athletes, licensed clinicians, certified nutrition and fitness coaches, and integrative health coaches who are dedicated to the total wellness of athletes, we offer speaking and education opportunities for your organization, institution, or team.

MENTORSHIP

Player Mentor: Individual Sessions

They say that you can't take a person to a place that you haven't been yourself. Who better to help you be the athlete that you want to be then a current professional or a former professional player. In addition, if you are in transition out of the game, our player professionals can help you navigate these challenges like they had to do. Our Player Mentorship Services are available as 50-minute individual sessions and can be via phone, online, or in person.

Player Mentor: Monthly

A true hero is someone who gives his life to something bigger than himself. Our current and former collegiate and professional athletes want to use their experiences to help guide you through your athlete experience. Whether you are focused on peak performance, life as an athlete, or on transitioning out of the game, our Player Mentorship Services are available as a monthly package and can be via phone, online, or in person.

Take Heart

It's never too late to change

Mental Wellbeing

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In a sports culture with a win at all cost mentality, many times who we are as a person is considered less important than who we are as an athlete. You are oftentimes taught that the ends (winning) justify the means, which can include sacrificing your true authentic self and balanced life. In extreme cases, you can become more of a product rather than a person, without even knowing it. As athletes, we need to look at understanding ourselves with and without the athlete's identity in order to develop a healthy personal identity beyond our sport.

Transitioning out of our sport can be a difficult, complex, and confusing time for athletes. After all, you are losing the very thing that makes you “great” and that which you most love. You are likely to experience a grieving and identity foreclosure process that can lead to a whole range of problematic thinking, emotional, and behavioral reactions. It can be a hit to the ego and to your sense of self as you experience a form of a “fall.” We want to be here to catch you, as well as work with you to discover yourself, new purpose, intrinsic value, passion, meaning, and flow, while embracing a long-term vision for life satisfaction apart from the athlete.

Dealing with the stress of competitive dynamics can trigger a host of issues, including anxiety, perfectionism, panic attacks, depression, aggression, addiction, manic and high-risk behavior, financial irresponsibility, etc. As an athlete, you can be applauded or rewarded for the very thing that can cause you problems in your day to day life and relationships. Your inner state can be a side note to the alluring external reward and gratification system available to you, but when the game is over, the lights are off, and the audience is on to the next experience, are you able to find balance, contentment, and inner peace?

Developing self-monitoring skills can help to maximize behavior, emotional regulation, awareness, communication, relationships, as well as peak sports performance. Learning to focus, pay attention, be in the now, reduce distractions, get clarity, increase your awareness and compassion for self and others, can help you succeed as an athlete and in other areas of your life.

As competitors, we are often disciplined and focused to be the best in our sport…but what is success/winning? What about the other areas in your life? Does your definition of success change over time? When attention is given to all the important areas of life, such as family, health, spiritual, as well as sport, then there is balance and a foundation that supports continuity and the integration of a healthy person.

Behavioral Balance

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We are on the side of the athlete who wants to maximize his potential to perform at the highest level while maintaining a solid foundation for a healthy and balanced life. The skills that we train develop maximum mental focus, highest level of brain functioning, effective energy utilization, blending of heart, guts, and mental attention in their sport performance. Through our holistic approach that focuses on the person, we also help to minimize issues and distractions that can negatively impact your performance as an athlete.

Competition is filled with highs, lows, and in-betweens. With the intensity and the extreme pressure to perform, it can take a physical and mental toll and managing the complexity of the associated feelings can be a cause of stress, anxiety, and even depression. Substance abuse and addiction can slip in through the door almost invisibly via pain medications, overuse of alcohol, opioids, cannabis, etc. as a measure to cope with the demanding pressures of being an athlete or with the loss of losing your athlete identity.

Having a healthy circle of people you trust and working with them effectively is paramount to your success on and off the field. The athlete experience can generate an array of challenges when it comes to relationships with others. Together, we will help you work through issues that come up with your families, friends, representatives, romantic partners, coaches, and teammates while applying healthy and effective communication and choices.

Behavioral performance is strongly connected to sport performance psychology, as well as living a balanced and healthy life. In fact, it is one of the most foundational rings on the ladder of sport performance success. Too many times poor behavioral performance and life choices derail an otherwise brilliant athletic career, hurting the player’s brand, earning potential, career endurance, and life in general.

Athlete counseling also takes into consideration what often happens with athletes after their playing days are over. The competitive spirit doesn’t go away. Oftentimes, this mental energy needs to be redirected in order to maintain wellbeing. During their playing days, athletes make use of creativity, quick reactions, perseverance, and resilience. It’s important to note that these characteristics are assets in relationships and business endeavors.

Whether you actively compete or have hung up your cleats, our athlete counseling helps clients channel their passion into other areas of life, developing a more holistic and fulfilling approach in the process. Learning how to transition into new endeavors with dedication and a competitive spirit will foster feelings of satisfaction. Discover a deeper sense of fulfillment and understanding with athlete counseling. It’s never too late to become who you want to be.

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