My psychology practice is diverse and I enjoy working with people for many reasons. I offer individual and group services and also consult with athletic teams and business organizations. People often see me for reasons such as learning coping strategies to manage anxiety, depression, and adjustment to life transitions. Stress is a normal part of life and I try to help individuals find practical solutions for times when they feel overwhelmed.

I have more specialized training in the psychological aspects of wellness, health and disability. I also have extensive training in sport psychology. These two areas have much overlap as they involve managing pressures, building relationships with health professionals and coaches and knowing how to get stronger emotionally and mentally. I especially believe in the mind-body connection. This means out attitudes and thoughts can affect us physically and our health can affect us mentally.

I also really enjoy working with adults going through career transitions. Sometimes we underestimate how much our identity is about what we “do” and when this changes or stops we might experience a sense of grieving or stress. Growing through challenges is the key. As the great Maya Angelou once said: “I want to thrive while I am here not merely survive.”

krisphoto My sport psychology services for athletes include addressing coping with injuries and the rehabilitation process, managing performance anxiety and becoming stronger both mentally and emotionally. I have worked with athletes of all levels and various sports, including endurance training and competitions, basketball, hockey, golf and tennis.

Of special interest to me is teaching my clients, including athletes, to use mental skills to help with their performance or simply to improve one’s quality of life. I have learned through years of practice that our mind is strong and we need to manage our focus and attitudes to help us cope with the many changes we all experience in life. Examples of coping skills I teach clients include concentration, meditation, goal setting, self-talk or how to “coach” oneself through times of anxiety or stress. The end goal is for each person to listen to their own inner wisdom and set goals to make changes.

I generally work with adults, including college and university students; there are times I will see teens who are having sport, disability or grief issues.

I am a former academic faculty (15 years) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Additionally, my athletic background includes competing as a runner in high school and college. I competed for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Track and Field Team.