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Sara W. Hess, Psy.D.

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

--Victor E. Frankl

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Individual Therapy

In individual therapy with a sports psychologist, the focus is on helping the athlete improve their mental skills, emotional well-being, and overall performance. Here are some common elements of individual therapy with a sports psychologist:Goal setting, cognitive restructuring, stress management, performance enhancement and injury rehab including fear of re-injury, frustration and anxiety. 

Public Speaking 
Public Speaking 

My history as a professional athete and world champion combined with my doctoral educaton in clinical psychology makes me a uniquely matched speaker for a variety of audiences.  

Sports Psychology and Peak Performance
Sports Psychology and Peak Performance

Sport Psychology deals with the psychological factors associated with participation and performance in athletics.  I call on my on personal experience playing Olympic soccer to help athletes improve performance, and integrate sport and life.  

Common reasons people may seek out sport psychology are: Anxiety/Stress, Motivation/Burnout, Self-Confidence, Goal-Setting, Imagery/Visualization, focus and concentration, Injury prevention and recovery.  It is incredibly important to recognize the impact that sports injury can have on a person.  And while treatment is often indicated to heal the body, it is imperative to engage in treatment to heal the mind as well. 


Parent Training
Parent Training

Parent training for parents of athletes is a specialized form of education and support designed to help parents better understand and navigate the unique challenges and responsibilities that come with raising a young athlete.

Parents learn how to provide positive and constructive support to their child, including how to communicate effectively, manage expectations, and handle setbacks and disappointments.

Parents learn strategies for helping their child balance the demands of sports with other aspects of life, such as school, family, and social activities.

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Sara Hess, Psy.D.
16 School Street
Rye, NY 10580

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