Frequently Asked Questions

frequently asked questions about mental training in volleyball

Mental training is more widely accepted as a necessary and helpful aspect of the sport experience than ever before. There’s no doubt that mental toughness is imperative to high level sport success and that’s our specialty. I’m glad you’re here and looking for ways to help you or your athlete. Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions:

What Services Do You Offer?

Our services are specifically designed to help good athletes become great. We do not diagnose mental health issues or offer therapy. Services are designed to teach clients mental training skills to learn how to manage nerves, improve confidence and increase consistency.

1-on-1 Mental Training – We offer different levels of service to meet different needs for individual athletes. This is ideal for athletes who want the most in-depth and personalize approach to mental training. In this process, athletes will get all the fundamentals, use of our Mental Mastery App, and support through your sport journey.

  • Basic – 6 hours
  • Elite – 10 hours
  • Premium – 20 hours

Group (Team) Mental Training Group training is now being offered for athletes who are looking for a more social approach to mental training. Groups will focus on mental skills, group discussions, problem solving and peer support. Group members will have access to our exclusive Mental Mastery App to help guide their mental training. Groups will form periodically and will run for 3 months. A minimum of 4 athletes is needed for a group. This is an ideal format for teams, each team can form its own group.

  • VCD/EILO Groups
  • Mental Skills Development Groups
  • Leadership Groups

Leadership Development – Leadership Development – Leadership is a key to successful teams in sport and business. Our leadership development program is designed to help youth and collegiate athletes learn how to identify their personal leadership style, how to lead by example, and develop conflict resolution skills. This program will help athletes on their current team and help position athletes for future leadership. This program is ideal to integrate into clubs and academies, and is also offered as a group which integrates leaders from different sports and clubs/schools. Please call Erika @ 510-331-0327 for Leadership Development pricing.

Why Hire A Mental Skills Coach?

Any current or former competitive athlete can relate to having a “good mental day.” Competition seems easy – almost effortless. There isn’t much thinking – just simple decision-making. Focus is 100%. There was a sense of control. You performed well.

Most athletes who are ready to engage in mental training have, at some point, performed with excellence. They know what it feels like to excel under pressure, how to play their best and have invested A LOT of time and effort into years of training. The problem is, they struggle to find this ideal performance zone with consistency. Some days it there, other days it’s not. We can help you not only identify your blueprint for success, but how to execute it and create more controllable confidence and consistency.

Mental training is best when done proactively. While addressing problems when they arise is useful, a pro-active approach can give athletes better tools to navigate issues as they inevitably surface.

How Do I Know My Athlete Needs Mental Training Services?

There are many reasons why athletes seek out our services. Here is a list of the most common reasons:

  • Excessive nervousness
  • Lack of confidence
  • Looking for a competitive edge
  • Difficulty returning to sport after an injury
  • Hitting a performance plateau
  • Physical and technical training aren’t creating performance improvement
  • Preparing for collegiate athletics
  • Preparing to go pro
  • Learning to manage Vocal Cord Dysfunction/Exercise-Induced Laryngeal Obstruction

What Can My Athlete Expect To Get Out Of Mental Training Services

Athletes can expect to learn all the fundamental mental skills and how to apply them. They will have the benefit of using our exclusive Mental Mastery App to watch educational videos, track their goals and progress and learn how to reflect on their mental performance. Athletes will gain A LOT of self-awareness about how they function and what helps them perform their best and what holds them back. They will become proficient at managing their sport related stress know how to apply their mental skills under pressure. Most importantly, they will learn how to create the conditions for their best performance.

Who Are Good Candidates For Mental Training Services?

Our best clients fit a very simple profile; They are motivated and committed to improving their performance. While it is common for there to be initial resistance for youth athletes who have never engaged in mental training, our FREE consultation for parents and athletes together, is designed to educate the family and help put fears to rest about what mental training is all about. We are confident you will like what we’ve got to offer.

Wondering If You’re ‘That’ Parent?

We hear that a lot. Parents wonder if hiring a Mental Trainer is “over the top” and makes them an “extreme” parent. Parents who typically hire us:

  • Care deeply about their child learning and growing from their sport experience
  • Value mental training as “life skills” training.
  • Often have had similar types of training in their own careers.
  • Want to help their kids learn to proactively solve problems and become more self-reliant.
  • Know that how you perform mentally dictates how you perform physically

How Much Does It Cost?

Our programs are offered at a range of prices. 1-on-1 is the most personalized and in-depth program. Groups are a more affordable option for many athletes and ideal for athletes who want to learn skills amongst their peers – click here for group training. We are confident that you find great value in our services. If our services are not in your budget, please call to discuss alternative options. 510-331-0327.

What Are Your Hours?

Erika works by appointment and we keep afternoons and some evenings available to meet the needs of our school-age athletes. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all meetings are held via Zoom.

What Other Services Do You Offer?

  • Corporate Wellness Workshops
  • Coaching Education Workshops
  • Sports Medicine In-service
  • Workshops for clubs, teams or groups.
  • Parent Education Workshops
  • Speaking at events