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Wisconsin Mental Performance Consultant for Athletes:
Dr. Matthew Myrvik

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In the world of sports, even skilled athletes can face challenges when a simple mistake affects their performance. Imagine a crucial play going wrong, a vital shot missing its mark, and suddenly, self-doubt sets in. Our thoughts and feelings strongly impact how well athletes perform. By teaming up with a mental performance consultant, you can discover how to tap into your inner strengths and achieve your athletic goals, all while reconnecting with your love for the game. A mental performance consultant acts as a guide for your mental toughness, helping you overcome self-doubt and unlock your hidden potential. They excel at turning setbacks into opportunities, showing you how to turn frustration into determination. This partnership goes beyond physical training, diving into the psychology that shapes a champion's mindset. Envision having a mental toolkit that empowers you to conquer anxiety, build resilience, and take your game to new heights. The path to peak performance starts in the mind, and a mental performance consultant is the key to reaching excellence. Dr. Matthew Myrvik, a certified mental performance consultant at Excel Sport Psychology can help you on this journey and revolutionize your approach to sports and success.

Meet Dr. Matthew Myrvik, Ph.D., CMPC | Mental Performance Consultant for athletes in Wisconsin & beyond

Matthew Myrvik, PhD, CMPC, is a licensed psychologist and certified mental performance consultant with impressive educational and professional experiences. He earned his doctoral training in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota and honed his expertise in sport performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With over a decade of dedicated service at the Sports Medicine Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Dr. Myrvik has emerged as a seasoned professional in the field. His passion lies in working with athletes across all levels, ranging from middle school to professional, guiding them on the path to realizing their optimal performance potential.

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Who my mental performance consulting services are for

Mental performance consultants help athletes develop mental performance skills that are pivotal in enhancing athletic performance. For instance, young athletes, when introduced to mental resilience strategies, can learn how to manage stress, build confidence, and develop a positive mindset. As they progress in their sporting journey, these foundational skills become essential in handling challenges such as pre-competition nerves and bouncing back from setbacks.

In high-stakes environments, mental performance skills are crucial for navigating the pressures of higher competition levels. Athletes at this stage benefit from strategies that help them maintain focus during critical moments, manage expectations, and cope with the demands of balancing academics and athletics. The transition to the professional realm brings its own set of challenges, and mental performance consulting becomes a key element for sustaining success. Professionals learn to manage the constant pressure, cope with intense scrutiny, and perform consistently at the highest level.

Mental performance skills are not just about overcoming adversity but also about optimizing performance. Athletes at every level can benefit from goal-setting techniques, visualization exercises, and routines that help create a winning mindset.

Mental performance skills are a universal tool for all athletes, offering strategies to handle both the highs and lows of competition. Whether aspiring to make a school team, secure a college scholarship, or excel in professional sports, athletes can leverage these skills to maximize their potential and achieve sustained success.

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Why choose Excel Sports Psychology 

Recognizing the crucial role of the mind in athletic success, athletes have a destinct advantage in seeking out mental performance consultants to gain a competitive edge. However, all to common, mental performance services can be hard to find and hard to fit in to busy training schedules. Enter Excel Sport Psychology, a virtual mental sport performance platform that seamlessly blends expertise with the convenience of a virtual interface, transforming the landscape of mental performance consultants.

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Historically, athletes sought mental performance consulting within the confines of physical appointments, often restricted by geographical constraints. Excel Sport Psychology disrupts this design by harnessing the power of virtual platforms, making consulting sessions accessible to athletes anywhere.

Convenience is paramount in an athlete's rigorous schedule, and Excel Sport Psychology recognizes this by offering flexible virtual sessions that can be seamlessly integrated into an athlete's training routine. This adaptability is particularly crucial for professional athletes, who often juggle demanding schedules and frequent travel. Excel's virtual platform allows athletes to maintain consistent mental performance consulting regardless of their location or time zone, ensuring uninterrupted support to enhance their mental resilience and performance.

Approachability is another key feature that sets Excel Sport Psychology apart. The virtual nature of the platform fosters a comfortable environment for athletes to open up about their mental challenges, free from the potential constraints of face-to-face interactions. Athletes may find it easier to discuss performance anxieties, setbacks, or personal goals in the virtual realm, thus fostering a deeper connection with their mental performance consultants. Excel's commitment to creating a supportive and approachable space facilitates more meaningful engagements, contributing to the overall effectiveness of the consulting process.

Accessibility to mental performance consulting is no longer limited to those in major cities. Excel Sport Psychology increasing accessibility to elite mental performance consulting, offering athletes anywhere the opportunity to work with a highly qualified professional regardless of their geographical location. This shift in access is a game-changer, allowing athletes from diverse backgrounds and regions to benefit from the expertise of Excel's renowned mental performance consultants.

By utilizing a virtual platform, Excel Sport Psychology maximizes convenience, approachability, and accessibility, ensuring that athletes anywhere can elevate their mental game and reach new heights in their respective sports. Choose Excel Sport Psychology for a transformative consulting experience that transcends boundaries and empowers athletes to excel mentally and physically.

FAQs about mental performance consulting for athletes

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  • How long is a session?
    Individual sessions last 50-60 minutes.
  • What is the cost?
    Individual athlete sessions cost $175 per session.
  • Are sessions covered by Insurance?
    I do not accept direct payments from insurance companies, which means I cannot submit a claim to your insurance provider. While I do not accept insurance, I do work with work with Mentaya, a platform that helps clients get money back on out-of-network therapy sessions. If you have out-of-network benefits, Mentaya will file claims and handle the insurance paperwork to make sure you get reimbursed. They charge a 5% fee per claim and have helped people get thousands of dollars back per year. You can sign up using this link:
  • How do I pay for visits?
    You can pay with a credit card. Some clients also submit receipts for payment under their Health Savings or Flex Spending (HSA/FSA) to pay for services. I strongly recommend checking in with your HSA/FSA provider to ask what specifically you can use those accounts for my services.
  • How often are sessions?
    Athletes are typically seen every 3-4 weeks until goals are met. Goals are often met within 4-5 visits.
  • How many sessions are needed?
    Every athlete is different and the number of session varies based on the main concern, but performance concerns can often be improved within 4-5 sessions.
  • Do I need a referral?
    No referral is needed to be seen.
  • Can you see me where I live?
    Given that my services are virtual, I am not limited to one state. My ability to see athletes in certain states is based on the presenting concern. If the presenting concern is performance-related, I can see athletes anywhere in the United States. If the concern is mental health, I am licensed through PSYPACT to do tele therapy is 32 states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).
  • What happens in a session?
    During the first visit, I will ask questions to get to know you and your goals for working together around your sport or concern. A plan will be set up to meet your goals and I will teach you a variety of strategies to get to your plan. Many people feel that we will only talk about feelings, but I am focused not just on feelings, but on teaching strategies to get you to where you want to be. Less talk and more action is what I believe.
  • Can parents join in the session?
    My preference is to have a combination of athlete and athlete/parent. The majority of the work will be done with the athlete alone as this allows the athlete to be the most comfortable. However, I feel that parents also need to be involved as they provide valuable information and can help reinforce learning at home.
  • Who benefits from sport psychology?
    My belief is that anyone that wants to be better would benefit from sport psychology. As we strive to be better at anything, we should (1) be only to any ideas that can help with improvement and (2) understand that sometimes we are hard on ourselves during the journey. Many athletes feel that you only need sport psychology when you are struggling. I feel you need sport psychology always as we can always work on improving.
  • Do you offer services for Sport Organizations?
    I have provided services to serves athletes, teams, and sport organizations for several years. This can be start out as a team with added individual athlete support as needed.
  • What is the age range of people you serve?
    I provide services to individuals ranging from 10-years-old through 35-years-old.
  • Can you provide mental health services?
    Given my training as a clinical psychology, I am able to be licensed in the state of Wisconsin. This allows me to provide mental health services.
  • How do I find a "qualified" Sport Psychologist?
    I believe that a provider needs to see an athlete as a "whole" meaning sports and mind. To effectively treat athletes, a provider should show knowledge (competency) in both areas. To show knowledge in mental health, a provider needs to be have a graduate level degree in counseling, psychology, or social work (PhD, PsD, MSW, LPC) and be licensed by a state to provide counseling/therapy. To show knowledge in sport, a provider should have a Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC) certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology meaning they have taking coursework, mentoring, and tests to show sufficient knowledge. However, within the field of sport psychology, there are providers that are licensed and "played" a sport that say they provider sport psychology services. And, there are CMPCs or athletes that do performance, but cannot provide mental health support. To provide the best level of support to an athlete, a provider needs to carry the education in counseling/psychology, be licensed to do therapy, and carry a CMPC. I may be a little biased as this is what I have!​
  • Do you work with people throughout Wisconsin?
    Yes! We work with clients across the entire state of Wisconsin. Some notable cities include Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Eau Claire and more.

With personalized mental performance consulting, your athletic goals are within reach. 

With mental performance consulting, achieving your goals is not just a possibility; it becomes a tangible reality. The guidance and strategies offered by mental performance consulting pave the way for unlocking your full potential, overcoming obstacles, and excelling in your chosen field. Whether you're an aspiring athlete or a seasoned professional, the power to enhance your mental resilience and elevate your performance is within your grasp. If you are interested in experiencing the impact of mental performance consulting, take the first step towards success. Schedule a free introductory phone call with Excel Sport Psychology and embark on a journey to maximize your mental game and achieve unparalleled success in your endeavors.

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