Unique Sport Psychology Services Offered:

  • Anger Management for Athletes

  • Sexual/Dating/Domestic Violence Prevention, Assessment & Treatment

  • Risk Assessment for Criminality & Violence in Athletes

  • Comprehensive Psychological Evaluations

  • Entourage Training

  • Treatment of Trauma - Athlete Survivors of Sexual, Physical & Psychological Abuse

 

Learned Excellence for Athletes is the sports consulting arm of Dr. Abrams' practice. Based in New Jesey,  but consulting both nationally, and internationally, Dr. Abrams helps athletes, coaches, teams & sports organizations reach their potential. Whether it is the treatment of a emotional problem someone may be struggling with or assisting them with removing the mental obstacle that interferes with peak performance, the approach is hands on, directive and geared to solve problems as soon as possible.

 

Athletes tend to be successful, competitive, driven people.  They also are very competent people, so the basic assumption that I  take is that if the problem was easy to solve, the athlete would have already mastered it.  The goal of any treatment, whether for clinical issues or enhancing performance, is to end treatment; to return the athlete to success in sport and life.  LEA will empower the athlete to build on their already-existing toolbox, so that they are self-sufficient to reach their goals.  Services are provided for both performance enhancement and treatment of emotional problems.

 

Having developed the only comprehensive anger management program for athletes,  Dr. Abrams lectures internationally on the topic of anger and violence in sports.  He also believe that the idea that athletes are more violent than their non-athlete counterparts is a MYTH!  It is a myth that has sprung from the transgression of a very small percentage of athletes, the tremendous media attention athletes receive when they do cross "the line", and the selective inattention to the ubiquity of societal violence.  Because some hold the perspective that athletes are more violent, athletes need to be even better at controlling their emotions.  Before an incident can even be corroborated, it will be highlighting the sports news.  People are EXPECTING athletes to act out.  Prepare yourself to prevent transgressions before they occur!

 

 

Athletes are AT RISK because of three things:

  • The illusion of health - Because athletes tend to be physically healthy and popular, there is the assumption that they are psychologically healthy which isn't always true.

  • They have higher visibility - so when they transgress, everyone knows.

  • High school and college athletes are participating when, if mental illness is going to appear, this is the time. I can help identify problems and treat aggressively early to help the athlete return to play.

 

My  work helps athletes use their anger as fuel, to assist with performance, by identifying the level of intensity that a task needs.  Any emotion at high levels interfere with the cognitive processes necessary for sport success, so the job is to learn the skills necessary to modulate your emotions like a volume dial to the level the task needs.  Moreover, I help athletes increase their personal power by mastering the psychological side of the game.

 

Athletes are also wrongly stereotyped to be more likely to be involved in dating/sexual violence than their non-athlete peers.  Though the evidence to support this is questionable, again, these are issues that athletes face and it is important to provide preventative (as well as responsive treatment) services that are specifically geared to an athlete population.  I  developed and present  workshops that focus on the many factors that contribute to increase risk. Some of these factors include:

  • Drugs/alcohol

  • Team dynamics

  • Issues related to abuse and violence (physical, emotional, psychological and sexual)

  • Confrontation of myths about sexuality

  • Understanding legal issues and potential consequences

  • A common (and understandable) sense of entitlement that comes from athletic success

 

I will work with you to develop a program that is uniquely tailored to your organization's needs.  Being a systemic thinker and a consultant that appreciates the complexities of individuals, systems and problems, I  can be a valuable asset in helping your organization navigate through the most treacherous of waters.

 

If you would be interested in having Dr. Abrams or his team lecture on the above topics or consult with your athletes/sports organizations, please contact us at (732) 460-1300

 

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