Competing at the highest level, you were in your element, fulfilled and full of purpose. You may continue to be a competitor both in life and in sport but you are no longer at the level you once were. So...now what?
As a competitive athlete, it can be easy for your identity to become largely based around being the star, scoring the game winning goal, being part of a team- a built in support system and safety net if you will. These labels of being 'the athlete' or 'the jock', many times imposed by others, are ones that we come to accept, even pride ourselves on. When this chapter closes and it is time to move on to life's next adventure and these external factors fade away, it can shake your sense of identity and leave you feeling lost, depressed or anxious about what's next. This can be a time of new challenges and opportunities, and can also be very scary, uncharted territory. So, what happens when the time of being 'the athlete' is no longer the primary focus of your life?
Cultivate confidence and self-esteem that comes from within and cannot be shaken by external factors.
These, and several other challenges are common for many athletes transitioning away from the competitive arena and into the 'real world'. Having experienced aspects of this myself as well as witnessing these issues in various teammates and peers, I know and understand how challenging this process can be. I would love to work with you, to explore your strengths and rekindle the drive, determination and the skills that set you apart as an athlete and put those unique gifts to work for you in your life away from sport. In doing so, I believe that together, we can cultivate an internal source of confidence and self-esteem that cannot, will not, be taken away, rattled or called into question by external factors.
Providing mental health and performance improvement counseling to individuals.
Samantha Straub, MSW, LICSW Straub Counseling and Consultation LLC