Sport & Performance

How to stick to your New Year’s resolutions: Combine outcome and process goals

In this article, I discuss how goal-setting concepts can increase your effectiveness at making and sticking to New Year’s resolutions. The start of the New Year is a time when many people make resolutions involving setting goals for everything from losing weight to being a better person. And a short time after the New Year begins is typically when many of those who made resolutions give up on achieving them. Although lack of a plan is often a key factor in people not sticking to their resolutions, there is an additional reason people fall short which often gets overlooked. This factor relates to the types of resolutions people tend to make with a focus too much on outcome-oriented goals in which achieving a particular result is the aim. If people were to have their resolutions based on measures of success in addition to outcome measures...[more]

How to get back on track when you fail to achieve a goal: A cognitive behavioural approach

In this article, I discuss ways to rebound from the adversity of falling short in achieving a goal using skills from cognitive behavioural therapy. In my work as a Calgary psychologist and a Cochrane psychologist, I encourage my clients to pursue challenging goals as a way to enhance their lives. Pursuing challenging goals fosters ongoing excitement, energy and passion in your life. It also exerts a consistent positive influence on your self-esteem as you regularly demonstrate your abilities and efforts in taking the steps toward conquering a challenge. If your hard work pays off in achieving your goal, the good feelings you experience can last for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, the downside of pursuing challenging goals is that there are times when you may not achieve them...[more]

Change your automatic thoughts to improve your performance in sports and other areas

In this article, I discuss how to improve your performance by identifying and changing negative thoughts which may enter your mind before, during and after your performances. One of the most important psychological skills for athletes and other performers is addressing negative self-talk. This self-talk typically takes the form of negative ‘automatic thoughts’ which intrude on the performer’s consciousness...[more]

Heed the advice of Albert Einstein to address your issues

If what you are currently doing to make progress on your issues isn’t working, continuing in the same manner is likely to keep you stuck. In this article, I discuss how following Einstein’s recommendation that you try something different to get different results applies to working on issues in counselling. Although Albert Einstein is celebrated primarily for his accomplishments in the field of science, his influence is also evident in psychology and counselling...[more]

Rebounding from adversity: A key sports psychology skill

The best performers in sports and other performance areas are able to bounce back from adversity—setbacks and obstacles they face before and during performances. In this article, I discuss psychological techniques which are integral to this skill. One of the most important psychological skills successful athletes, public speakers and other performers possess is the ability to rebound from adversity—setbacks and obstacles encountered before and during the performance...[read more]

Ten ways to get the most out of counselling

In this article, I discuss how you can reap the most benefits from counselling. In my work with clients as a Calgary psychologist and a Cochrane psychologist, I have been fortunate enough to see many clients I work with make significant progress in addressing their issues. Among those clients who have made the most progress, there are several distinguishing characteristics...[read more]

Rehearse to perform effectively–even if you’re not an actor

In this article, I discuss how you can use rehearsal as a skill to help you with many issues including anger management, anxiety, eating disorders and addictions as well as sports and other performance areas. Areas in which rehearsal has traditionally been used It’s common knowledge that actors, dancers, musicians, athletes and other performers use rehearsal as a fundamental tool to help deliver their best performances. Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes...[read more]

When you should consider changing therapists and what steps to take

In this article, I discuss factors which may lead you to consider changing therapists and steps you should follow if these factors are present. To stay or not to stay (with your therapist)—that is the question Choosing the right therapist is an important factor in your being successful in addressing your issues whether the focus is...[read more]

Should you choose a therapist who has experienced your issue?

In this article, I discuss whether having a therapist who has gone through your issue is an asset or a liability to your making progress. Like you, therapists have their issues One of the factors for you to consider in choosing a therapist is whether they have been through the issue you are seeking help with...[read more]