amazing things happen when you let them

Why and how can mental skills training help me?

The ultimate goal of mental skills training is to enable individuals to perform their best in any situation by systematically equipping them with the tools to deal with the stressors preventing them from achieving peak performance.  Whether in sport, work, school, or in life, how often does our mind impede us during critical moments? We spend many hours training our craft without much regard to the mental component which often makes or breaks our performances.

Your mind is your greatest ally.

 

“Ted definitely changed the trajectory of my athletic career. I came to Ted because I’d struggled with a plateau in my times, in my training, and in my goals. Ted gave me specific tips and tricks to deal with racing and anxiety. I gained some lifelong skills for dealing with and working through negative thoughts and anxiety.

Thank you Ted for all your help. I’m absolutely loving my sport and racing again.”

Division 1 Varsity Swimmer, 18

 

“Ted helped our players focus, visualize, and control their emotions. As they became better at recognizing their thoughts and feelings and learned ways to better control and channel their emotions, we started to see that all the members began to contribute to each match and it became a team effort versus individual efforts. I strongly believe that we would not have advanced as far as we did without  Ted.

Tom Hitchcock, Head Coach, Golf Team, Menlo School; 3rd overall of 1700 Teams, first ever appearance at State Championships 

                  

about me

At the age of 14,  I won the U.S. Junior Windsurfing Championships at 14. I was hooked on competing. This began a roller coaster ride of international competitions, culminating in my participation in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

B.A., Organizational Behavior, Stanford University

M.A., Sport Psychology, John F. Kennedy University

 

After achieving some personal athletic success, I wanted to support others to achieve their goals, which led me to co-found and manage a successful professional men’s and women’s road cycling teams (2003 – 2010).  I am proud to have been an integral part in this true team effort which put four of our women riders into the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. I am dedicated and passionate about empowering and enabling individuals and teams to achieve breakthrough performances. During this journey, clients will  gain a better concept of self and a more balanced life perspective.

                  

how I work

I am client-centered, which means that I meet you where you are. Together we will develop a fundamental understanding of your motivations and goals. We will work collaboratively to address your most pressing issues and go through a process of assessment, recognition, acceptance, and practice of specific strategies, creating a sustainable practice regimen you can take with you. Much like training your body, you are training your mind to develop new ways to see and respond to all types of situations.  

                      

 

testimonials

a Division I Varsity swimmer

Ted definitely changed the trajectory of my athletic career. Being completely honest, the first time I ever met Ted, I broke down crying about 3 minutes into the conversation. He remained professional and supportive, and I felt like I was in a very safe space. This remained true through all of our meetings. He was good at listening and helping me work through my struggles. I came to Ted because I’d struggled with a plateau in my times, in my training, and in my goals. I wasn’t enjoying my sport anymore, and suffered from some pre-race anxiety. I’d been neglecting the mental aspect of swimming (arguably equally as important). My coach hadn’t been supportive in the ways I needed, but Ted helped fill the gap. He was flexible and helpful. He was open to multiple approaches, and gave me a lot of options. I really felt like I was in control of the process, but he was there to help me out, make suggestions, and guide me along. He would follow up our meetings with additional readings or videos to help me out. I began practicing mindfulness in more of my daily life, and he gave me specific tips and tricks to deal with racing and anxiety. I gained some lifelong skills for dealing with and working through negative thoughts and anxiety.
Thank you Ted for all your help. I’m absolutely loving my sport and racing again.

– Yale University Division 1 Varsity Swimmer

Varsity Golf Team, 3rd of 1700 high schools in CA, 2018

We were fortunate to find Ted. Once a player reaches the advanced skill level needed to play varsity golf, the game becomes 95% mental.   Ted began working with the team once a week during the season.  He helped the players focus, visualize, and control their emotions. They became better at recognizing their thoughts and feelings, and learned ways to better control and channel their emotions.  We started to see that all the members began to contribute to each match and it became a team effort versus individual efforts. I strongly believe that we would not have advanced as far as we did without  Ted.

– Tom Hitchcock, Head Coach, Golf Team at Menlo School; 2018 was Team’s first appearance at State Championships 

 

I got in touch with Ted after discussing my fear of flying with my mom. I was a bit skeptical at first of how it would work. I was a college athlete so I understand the benefits of sports psychology and mindfulness, but without being able to practice (take flights) regularly I was unsure of how it would go. The sessions were fantastic. I recently took a trip where 7 flights were involved and I felt way better on them than I have on any flight in my life. I was calm and relaxed and grateful for the awesome technology that allows us to see the world so easily. 

Ted also helped me translate these practices into other areas of my life. I am very happy and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Ted which has enhanced my lifestyle, thinking and mindset.

– Avery Heilbron

Ted has and continues to work with my athletes needing the tools to push through mental barriers. Increased confidence is what I have witnessed in my athletes. I’ve witnessed positive changes and improvement in their individual workouts and re-framing mindsets in their races. Sport psychology is critical to an athlete’s success and through Ted’s extensive personal experience and education he is able to tap into the mindset an athlete needs to succeed.

– Liza Rachetto (USAC Level 2 Coach, professional cyclist, USAT Level 1 Coach, Iroman U Certified)

Ted played an integral role in the success of these swimmers and the group as a whole. You could see the swimmers were better able to keep themselves in the present at swim meets and practice, managed success and failure better, brought strong mental toughness and self-confidence to races, practice and school. In addition, working with Ted influenced and enhanced my own coaching, as I learned better ways to bring mental skills into practice. This improved the quality of work at practice and strengthened the team’s cohesiveness. 

If you have the chance to work with Ted, either as an individual athlete or by bringing him in to work with the athletes you coach, DO IT!!!  Why not develop the mental skills in yourself or the athletes you coach. And if you coach, working with Ted will enhance your own coaching. 

– Bruce Smith (founder of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, USA Swimming Gold Level club swim team; Age Group coach of current American Record Holder, 100 backstroke)

What sets Ted apart from other performance enhanceologists (psychologists, coaches, etc.) I have worked with is that he recognizes that one size never fits all. As clich as this may sound, many people dont adapt their methods to their clients, instead, they adapt the clients to the methods, regardless of the outcome. Ted is flexible and tries alternative methods if it becomes clear that a particular meditation or other technique does not work for that particular person. It is this quality that sets him apart and brings results.

– Carola Berger (USAC Level 2 Coach, NCNCA mentor), cat.2 road cyclist

 

Ted helped me to learn mental performance techniques that enabled me to achieve all the goals I set for the races, so I stopped coming away disappointed in my performance – that helped me grow my racing confidence significantly.  Simply put whether my goals were to win or simply to finish, the techniques worked! I no longer risk coming away disappointed in my performance. Many of these techniques are also applicable off the bike, so I’ve grown in confidence in general too, a real bonus!

– Lindsay Howard (president of Alto Velo Racing Club and competitive road cyclist)

the goal is flow

From an early age, the power of mother nature struck Ted profoundly in how simply being in the elements allowed him to forget all the pressures of the world and just be. Ted came to realize that this was precisely like being in a kind of flow state where time slowed, and he could focus only on what was immediately relevant. He was intrigued by how some individuals could get there more easily than others, and consequently outperform more talented peers. Ted’s life experiences and formal training  has helped him to build up the tools and the compassion to help individuals and groups succeed at whatever they put their minds towards.

 

 

intentional focus

   In addition to more traditional cognitive behavioral techniques, I incorporate mindfulness elements into my approach, with the belief that too much emphasis on thought stopping or behavioral avoidance can do more harm than good. Research has shown that our subconscious thoughts tend to go precisely to areas we might be trying to avoid or not think about. Through a combination of cognitive behavioral skills integrated with acceptance and non-judging awareness,  you learn to stay focused and in the moment.