Understanding of the mind/body connection has advanced significantly over the past decade. In fact, research has proven that the mind and the body must work together if any type of balance is to be achieved.
Equipped with a Master of Arts in Exercise & Sport Psychology, Dr. Walden works with professional athletes and recreational exercisers. The mental health benefits for both include:
Fewer episodes of depression
Easier weight management
Sharper brain function
Better overall health and well-being
Increased physical confidence
Exercise Psychotherapy for Recreational Exercisers
If you’re an exercise enthusiast or a recreational exerciser, Dr. Walden can work with you to achieve your overall health goals. She helps many clients identify activities that align with their interests, then inspires them to keep going. She’ll even challenge clients to identify opportunities to stretch their physical talents, from individual competitions to team sports. In fact, she believes everyone should be an athlete of some sort because 30 minutes of low to moderate exercise has the same effect as mood-altering medications.
Sports Psychology for Professional Athletes
For professional athletes, Dr. Walden typically takes a deep dive into their performance issues to uncover barriers that often lie just below the surface. Professional athletes often struggle with issues like performance anxiety, injury comebacks, nutrition, substance abuse, personal relationships and feelings of inadequacy. So much attention is paid to an athlete’s physical capabilities that their mental wellbeing is often overlooked. When the physical and the mental are in balance, it’s a winning combination.