I recall, back in eighth grade, listening to two classmates discuss a personal problem. “Susie” advised her friend, “Write your troubles on a piece of paper, tear it up and throw it away… then you will feel better.” She qualified her advice by explaining her desire to study psychology, and I distinctly remember thinking, “Wow, that is lame!”
As you can imagine, a lot has changed since I was 13 years old.
| HIGH QUALITY COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS |
Before we get to more traditional accolades, let me acknowledge the implicit wisdom and great importance of your search for good help: improvement tends to be accelerated in the right company, as opposed to the wrong company or in isolation. In fact, strong evidence underscores your wisdom. For decades, research has consistently shown the quality of the collaborative relationship to be a key determinant of successful client outcomes, even more key than the actual interventions.* Here’s even more encouragement: clients who actively research their help are also more likely to have successful outcomes.
As part of the AllWorld commitment to search for the best ways to enhance performance and well-being, I strive to scrutinize and enhance my contributions to high quality collaborative relationships and have often heard clients, peers, mentors, and supervisors describe me as having:
Clients may also benefit from my rigorous training, international pursuits, and athletic and entrepreneurial experiences.
|A nonjudgmental disposition that helps foster relationships conducive to honest reflection
Insight that is motivating, offers fresh perspective, and enhances learning
A presence of mind in difficult conversations and situations that helps clients also remain present
and evolve through tough times
| MY PROFESSIONAL "FAMILY TREE" |
I’m incredibly grateful for the numerous high quality collaborative relationships that have accelerated my growth, too, and my effectiveness at meeting client needs. As an undergrad at Texas Christian University, I first discovered sport psychology in two classes, one taught by a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s “Registry of Sport Psychologists” and the other taught by a future chair of the Performance Enhancement Committee of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).
In the sport psychology program at Georgia Southern University, where I received my Master’s degree, I had the opportunity to study with a past president of AASP and thought-leader in team dynamic research. I also studied with a past associate editor of The Journal of Applied Sport Psychology at GSU and developed a mentorship with a private practitioner whose clients have ranged from a Super Bowl Champion team to Hollywood A-listers, CEOs of major corporations, and one of the most commercially-successful bands of all time.
At Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, I spent two extra semesters of intensive study, practice, and therapy with two leading supervisors, one of whom has published over 110 refereed articles, chapters, and proceedings and has been a reviewer or editor for eight related scientific journals. I also had the opportunity to take-part and present at two clinical conferences at the world renowned Australian Institute of Sport. Out of these high quality and international experiences, AllWorld Performance, LLC, has emerged.
| PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MORE... |
I have memberships with and participate in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, the International Society of Sport Psychology, and USA Triathlon and was involved with the Australian Colleges of Clinical Psychologists and Sport Psychologists. Because the only agenda is striving to help you reach or maintain excellence and well-being in the most effective and ethical ways, I also actively seek the best referrals when a client need emerges that is outside of my range of competencies. Think: a Yale graduated psychiatrist who is also a seasoned triathlete and can speak fluently with international clients in five languages. To see examples of my recent work, please view the Examples | Partners page.
I continue my education and growth with a team of mentors in sport psychology and beyond, in therapy, and by using the same principles in my own entrepreneurial, athletic, and life pursuits. Currently, I’m co-authoring a sport psychology textbook chapter with an Australian professor related to mindfulness, performance, and well-being, and I'm teaching a graduate sport psychology class in a Master's program in Sport Science and Sports Rehabilitation. I’ve also been doing research for a related book that has taken me from the U.S. to London and North Africa. I’ve competed at a national level in Olympic-style Tae Kwon Do as a black belt and continue to participate in marathons and triathlons for fun, health, and challenge. When I have time, I try to work on my Arabic and French but don’t quiz me. Yet.
Please don’t hesitate to call or email with questions or suggestions.
For a comprehensive look at my studies, experiences, and publications in sport-, performance-, and clinical-psychology, as well as references, feel free to view my Curriculum Vitae (14 pages; updated January 2016).
* Assay, T. P., & Lambert, M. J. (1999). The empirical case for the common factors in therapy: Quantitative findings. In M. A. Hubble, B. L. Duncan, & S. D. Miller (Eds.), The heart and soul of change: What works in therapy (pp. 33–56). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
* Sexton, T.L., & Whiston, S.C. (1994).The status of the counseling relationship: An empirical review, theoretical implications, and research directions. The Counseling Psychologist, 1, 6-78.