Psychotherapy and Performance Enhancement

Is there trauma or grief that's holding you back from moving forward?

Do you have a child that is stuck and looking for guidance from someone that they can identify with?

Or perhaps you have a mental block that is negatively impacting your sport performance?

Research indicates that the strongest predictor of success in psychotherapy is a good fit between client and therapist. My ability to relate to a diverse group of individuals parallels my treatment approach, which is always exploratory in nature. I do not have a preordained model that fits each person I see.  Instead, each story becomes my guide in properly identifying and addressing the origin and function of the problem. With EMDR, symptom relief and personal change can take place much more rapidly and deeply than through conventional talk therapy.

I did several phone sport psychology sessions with Ryan while I was in Korea training for the Olympics in short track speedskating. Despite the 14 hour time difference and my heavy training schedule, we were able to talk consistently thanks to his flexibility and willingness to adjust. Following our sessions, I was able to employ the strategies he taught me, making me noticeably calmer during races and leading to significantly better results. I was also able to think through strategies and adopt new ones much quicker than before, which increased my focus and confidence. I learned much more than I anticipated and I'm confident the skills I gained will be retained over time because they're effective and I'm motivated to keep practicing them. I highly recommend Ryan to any athlete looking to increase their mental game skills.
Benjamin Oh

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Ryan Long, MSW, LICSW

My overall philosophy and approach in working with individuals is very person-oriented from the standpoint that each one of us is a particularly remarkable individual molded by our beliefs, personality types, and interests in the world. For change to occur, it’s crucial that an environment of both genuine and professional care is created, coupled by a myriad of psychotherapeutic modalities that can be employed according to the goals of the client.

My perspective is holistic in that I strive to “build the bridge between the body and mind,” meaning that the emotional, physical, social and spiritual nature of each individual is valued and accepted.

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