Sports Performance

Achieve Peak Performance with Sage Counseling and Wellness

Are you a high school athlete having difficulty balancing school, practices and games? Currently at your peak and looking to transition to the next level.

Or maybe you have been injured or your time is coming to an end in your sports career and now you find yourself at a loss, unsure of your next steps. 

Do you feel like you’ve hit a plateau and your sports performance, strength and speed aren’t improving? 

Has your motivation and the passion you once had decreased?

Not an athlete? The mental toughness required for sports performance isn’t just for traditional athletes. Maybe you are in a high demand career where eyes are on your every move or mistakes can result in severe consequences.

Or you are a member of the military or law enforcement. A firefighter, healthcare worker or another part of the helping profession or entertainment industry working in a high stress environment. 


Athletes and high-stress career professionals, like anyone else, can experience a range of mental health issues, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Self-doubt
  • Performance anxiety
  • And relationship difficulties

Excel On And Off the Field with Sage Counseling and Wellness: Here are some ways a mental health therapist can help 

  • Confidence building 
  • Concentration/focus training
  • Coping with injuries
  • Emotional regulation
  • Goal setting and motivation
  • Life balance
  • Mindfulness and relaxation techniques
  • Positive self-talk
  • Stress and anxiety management
  • Transition and retirement
  • Visualization and imagery

Developing mental toughness requires practice and effort; it’s not about holding your emotions in but gaining the strength to face challenges and maintain your composure during difficult times.

Reach out today for a free consultation call and we can discuss the importance of mental strength in competitive environments. Let’s begin the journey to improving your mental skills and overall quality of life.

Speak with a mental health therapist who specializes in working with individuals who live a fast paced, high-stakes, results driven lifestyle. 

I have over 20 years of experience in sports performance, health and wellness. From competing as a distance runner and golfer in high school and college to teaching physical education and health to Kindergarten through 12th grade students. I’ve also coached golfers of all ages, high school track teams and held ACE, ISSA and NASM personal trainer and group fitness instructor certifications. I currently enjoy running 5K’s, playing golf and spending time in the gym. 

I am able to bring my wealth of experience into the therapeutic space with you and have a unique understanding of the demands placed on athletes and those working in fast paced environments. Clients have worked with me to not only develop skills to balance busy schedules but communication skills to express when they’re feeling overwhelmed or burned out. I’ve provided support and coping skills to those with career ending injuries. 

What Comes Next

Schedule a free 15-minute consultation call with the therapist you would like to work with or fill out our potential client form here. From there, you will set up your first session, also known as an intake session. With your chosen therapist, let them know a bit about your concern, your history with past treatment, ask about our fees, and the best days and times to attend therapy sessions. 


Each therapist at Sage Counseling and Wellness has their own fee structure. When you have the initial consultation call with your therapist, you will discuss your fee with them. 

Our therapists do not participate in-network with any insurance companies. Clients pay their therapist each time they come to a session and are then emailed an insurance-compatible statement at the end of each month to send to their insurance companies for out-of-network reimbursement called a superbill. Each insurance company varies on what reimbursement they give for psychotherapy out of network. You may want to check with your insurance company to find out what they offer for psychotherapy with a therapist with your therapist’s particular licensure in Georgia.

What Can I Expect at My First Therapy Appointment?

Many people have fears, assumptions, and at times, no idea at all about what therapy will be like the first time they come in for a first session. We would also encourage you to reach out and ask your therapist any questions you have about what therapy will be like with them.

Each therapist has their own way of approaching their work. But here are some things that may happen in your first session here at Sage Counseling and Wellness:

  • When you start your first online appointment, you’ll be in the virtual waiting room. 
  • While you wait for your appointment, take a moment to breathe, look over any thoughts or items you’d like to share in the session, and perhaps take a restroom break beforehand so you can be fully present.
  • As sessions are virtual, you can sit however you want to sit comfortably. Some clients prefer to sit at a desk, others in a comfy chair with a laptop or tablet, and some others sit on the floor on a yoga mat to stretch while in session. It’s completely up to you. 
  • In your first session, your therapist will likely remind you that what you talk about in session is completely confidential with a few legal and ethical exceptions, which will be explained to you (and which are outlined in our consent to treatment document). If you have any questions about those policies, you’re encouraged to ask!
  • Your therapist might discuss any other policies they have (cancellation, payment, session length, scheduling, or other ‘frequently asked questions’). This all only takes a few minutes.
  • Then, depending on the level of crisis that you’re currently experiencing, your therapist might review their particular style of therapy, discuss your intake form with you, begin a more thorough assessment of your history, or just ask you what brings you in at that particular time. From there on, it’s a conversation and there are no right or wrong things for you to say — the only thing you can do ‘wrong’ at that point is to be dishonest, and in doing so you would only slow down your progress. If there is something about your therapist that seems like it would get in the way of you feeling comfortable being honest, you can say so, and your therapist may be able to help you feel more comfortable. We want you to feel comfortable and confident with your therapist. If at any time you don’t, please let them know or let the director know.
  • Your therapist may or may not take notes, depending on their treatment style. These notes are also confidential unless you consent to their release, and they are kept safely in our electronic health record system.
  • Therapy is a safe space to show your vulnerability so crying is perfectly acceptable.
  • You’ll pay for your session at the end, generally, via your credit card on file.
  • You can discuss a regular meeting time with your therapist so that this time becomes your reserved time. This helps in accountability for you to work on your progress as well.

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