Mental Strength Coaching Guidelines
Thank you for visiting my website and learning more about how you can become stronger mentally! You have made the first step forward to becoming a stronger competitor and are making more progress than your competitors by enhancing an often overlooked aspect of training: mental strength. The following information is meant to guide you in your journey to becoming a student of my training course(s). Whether it be a one-time session or a season-long series, it is important to have a solid baseline to work from.
I am through coursework and beginning my dissertation to complete the requirements of a PhD in Sociology from Michigan State University. Throughout my academic tenure as a graduate student, I maintained focus on gauging the norms, values, and goals of individuals and groups. I apply my research and skills to addressing voids in several fields, including: professional/workplace, sports, and education. Therefore, I am a mental strength coach and not a licensed psychologist. Although I am trained to use psychological methods in my coaching, I am not trained to treat clinical disorders like depression, suicide, drug or alcohol abuse, or eating disorders. When I am made aware of those things during a session, it is my duty to refer clients to individuals who are professionals and specialize in those areas.
My strength is in mental performance and goal setting. I teach athletes and professionals about motivating factors, achievement principles, and mental performance measures. I provide techniques to build confidence and, when necessary, team building. I leave the ball in the court of the athletes and coaches during our sessions. That means, although I provide feedback and lessons, it is ultimately up to the participant to choose to practice using the tools I provide. I maintain support to the individual and team regardless of whether they choose to use the tools or not.
All communication and session results are kept confidential except in the following scenarios: (i) the client asks that I inform someone, like a coach or parent, about the session; (ii) the client is assessed to be of danger to self or others; (iii) legal obligation. These three exceptions apply to any client, regardless of age.
At this time, my services are pro bono. Sessions generally last between 30 and 90 minutes. I ask that all inquiries for service be serious in nature as my time is very valuable. Neither my employer, university, nor any other entity besides myself will be contacted regarding my services. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by emailing john(at)johngirdwood(dot)com [preferred] or call 77-Girdwood (774-473-9663) and leave voice mail.
Please print and sign this form and have ready to present to me upon our first session.
Client FULL NAME (Printed)
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