Unlock Your Potential: Discover the Benefits of Sport and Performance Psychology in Calgary

Our sports psychology Calgary and performance psychologists specialize in tackling a range of issues including burnout, performance anxiety, confidence, interpersonal skills, self-esteem, and navigating both success and setbacks in athletics. We’re dedicated to helping athletes overcome these challenges and perform at their best.

Our Sports Psychologists

The significance of sports psychology is often underestimated in an athlete’s development. Even the most skilled athletes with exceptional technique, determination, and hard work can struggle if their mental state is not optimal.

A sports psychologist in Calgary plays a crucial role, not only for elite and professional athletes but also for amateurs, recreational players, and those involved in competitive sports. At ShiftGrit, we can assist you in maximizing your sporting performance and enhancing your mental capabilities. We aim to equip you with the necessary tools to effectively manage your competitive mindset and self-motivate for success.

Our registered sports performance therapists uphold the utmost standards of excellence and ethical practice, focusing their expertise on the following areas:

  • Confidence Building: Cultivating belief in one’s abilities and promoting positive self-talk and visualization.
  • Stress Management: Teaching techniques to manage stress, anxiety, and nerves before and during competition.
  • Goal Setting: Assisting athletes in setting realistic and achievable goals to enhance motivation and focus.
  • Attention and Concentration: Improving the ability to maintain concentration and focus amidst distractions.
  • Motivation: Understanding and enhancing intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to sustain commitment and effort.
  • Team Dynamics: Facilitating effective communication, cohesion, and collaboration within sports teams.
  • Injury Rehabilitation: Supporting athletes in coping with and recovering from injuries both physically and mentally.
  • Life Transitions: Assisting athletes in navigating transitions such as retirement, injury, or career changes.

At the U15, U17, and U 19 nationals three of my athletes became national champions.

The ShiftGrit Protocol & Sports Psychology

First, we use the intake and second sessions to analyze the plus points and disruptors in a person’s life. Everyone has some limiters, which are negative beliefs that are held as absolute truths about self or the world. An example could be “I’m not good enough”, which produces a need to be exceptional in all areas. Now, this doesn’t seem like a huge issue for performance in life, except it is. Feeling not good enough equals needing to be exceptional.

It gets in the way of balancing life, because there is no strategy in the application of energy. We forget we have limited energy to apply to life. Then, if we have a compulsive need to strive, we overextend ourselves, which leads to under-performance in all areas.

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Step One:

Find the Root Cause

Our registered psychologists launch a detailed investigation into your patterns, mental health history, and past life experience. We use this to identify the root causes of your concerns.

Step Two:

Educate Your Conscious Mind

ShiftGrit Psychologists use this to teach your thinking, or conscious, cognitive mind, why your concern exists, and how it works.

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Step Three:

Train Your Subconscious Mind

A lot of therapy stops at the cognitive, conscious mind but ours goes beyond it.

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Step Four: Application

A New Thought Foundation

You make the changes in your life that you couldn’t do before. Armed with a new thought foundation from ShiftGrit Psychology, you aren’t limited by a mindset that gets in your way. The sky’s the limit!

Performance enhancement-focused psychology and goal setting benefits many types of clients:

  • Athletes who are competing need a constant mental edge to perform at their maximum physical capability look for sports psychology Calgary.
  • Those who have to manage an extremely high-performing area, such as a business or demanding career, while still developing and maintaining other areas of life.
  • The individual who is living an average or dulled existence but wants to improve their life.

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Performance enhancement psychology works to remove the blocks to correctly balancing their life. This allows the individual to choose the areas of their life to allocate energy resources and assist in developing abilities and strategies to delegate or minimize the impact of other areas.

With the individual who’d like to raise the bar in their life and build confidence, our protocol is used to remove the fears which become limiters. This “un-sticks” them from their existence, opens up more creative thought and increases life satisfaction.

You take someone who is doing fine, or even great, and use psychology to up the ante. I thought, “Why don’t we do this for our lives?” I want to do in life the very best that I can, and if I can apply a strategy like ShiftGrit’s Protocol to do so, then that’s what I’m going to do. Whether it’s to improve my daily life, balance priorities better or climb in my career, I want to reach my potential. Or, sometimes, because life is life, we have a little bit of crap to deal with, whether it’s family stuff or a breakup or whatever, it cleans it up more quickly.

If you’d like to balance your life better, climb in your career, parent better, be more chill, have more fun, deal with dating or whatever, get on it! Book online with a registered psychologist and watch your performance increase!

Downtown Therapist Calgary

ShiftGrit Psychology & Counselling

815 17 Avenue SW #210, Calgary, AB, T2T 0A1, Canada

Phone: (587) 352-6463
Email: mountroyal@shiftgrit.shop

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What exactly is sports psychology, and how can it benefit athletes?

Sports psychology is a specialized field that focuses on the mental and emotional aspects of athletic performance. Our services in Calgary help athletes enhance their mindset, manage stress, build confidence, and optimize performance, ultimately leading to improved results on the field or court.

How do I know if I could benefit from sports psychology services?

If you're an athlete looking to overcome performance barriers, manage stress or anxiety related to competition, enhance your mental toughness, or improve your overall mindset and focus, our sports psychology services in Calgary could be highly beneficial for you.

Are sports psychology services only for elite athletes, or can recreational athletes also benefit?

Sports psychology is for athletes of all levels, from beginners to professionals. Whether you're competing at the highest level or participating in recreational sports for fun and fitness, our services in Calgary are tailored to meet your unique needs and goals.

What can I expect during a sports psychology session?

During your session in Calgary, you can expect to work one-on-one with a qualified sports psychologist who will help you explore and address specific challenges or goals you may have related to your athletic performance. Sessions may involve discussing mental strategies, practicing visualization techniques, setting performance goals, and developing personalized plans for improvement.

How many sessions will I need to see results?

The number of sessions needed varies depending on individual needs, goals, and the complexity of the challenges being addressed. Some athletes may see improvements after just a few sessions, while others may benefit from ongoing support over a longer period. Your psychologist in Calgary will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your timeline and objectives.