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Sports Psychologist for athlete son who has lost confidence
My sporty child has suddenly lost confidence on the court, and seems almost paralyzed when sent into the game. After years of playing various sports, having a ton of fun, getting exercise, and making friends, all of a sudden something seems wrong. Given how big a factor sports have always been to this child, I'd like to see if I can find someone that can talk with them. Concerned mom
So there could be a lot of different things going on for your child. Has competition stepped up in intensity? Has your child hit puberty? How is your child doing socially? Or is your child feeling pressure of school/life/relationships and it's all a little much?
Depending on the answers, I would recommend both Jeff Greenwald, http://www.jeffhgreenwald.com and Regina Shields, therapist (510) 839-1740. I haven't taken my child to Jeff but contemplate it- he has an amazing reputation but he is over in Marin and sometimes it can be a while until he has an opening. Regina is an amazing therapist that I cannot say enough good things about with an office right above Market Hall. When my daughter had performance anxiety she helped her identify triggers and work through them. She also rightly noted that my daughter's stress was a normal reaction to some of the experiences she was having at school and the pressure she felt about upcoming high school and helped her talk about them. Good luck! Anon
My son is a goal keeper who played for a local club team. He was bullied and later chose to quit. The whole experience left him feeling like he had PTSD. Even though this happened in late summer, it dramatically affected his confidence, ability and performance to play high school ball.
We met with Doug Gardner and I was impressed with his ability to empathize with my son as an athlete and in addition to giving him practical tips helping him rethink his responsibility as a keeper and team member. My son enjoys the game again and I'm grateful. Thankful Mom