I was first taught the power of the mind when I was on the high school swim team. Our coach would have us do mental rehearsals and practice our races from start to finish. In addition he had a strong philosophy of what he called PMA or Positive Mental Attitude. He instilled in us the belief that we could beat a team that had been winning our division for 26 years, as I remember it. It took some time for us to get on board, but he was relentless in his efforts that with our physical and mental work ethic, we would prevail.
Because of this positive grooming experience, I got very good at both the physical aspect of sports as well as the mental aspect. I used this mindset to create success in my life as a professional fitness competitor. At 5’9″ I took up gymnastics in my early 20’s when I was told I was too tall to do backhand-springs. I was not too tall. PMA, mental conditioning, visualizations, drive, focus, vision, I took everything I learned from swimming and added to it in order to create success in my life as a professional fitness and figure champion. Fitness is a sport I enjoyed competitively for 20 years. I retired at the age of 41.
It is through the years of training myself, as well as coaching other athletes that I began to incorporate mental skills. It started with my own competitive process that I began refining my mental game through the use of mental techniques from the field of Sport Psychology, hypnotherapy and NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming). I began to read every book I could from top athletes to find out more about their mental game and what techniques they used to excel. I created self-hypnosis, visualization and mental training sessions for myself. I discovered that my clients also enjoyed these sessions so I would offer pre-recordings to them as needed for stress reduction, emotion regulation, releasing anxiety, stage might and more. Soon my clients started to ask me to work with them on mental skills and I would devote some of our weekly sessions to nutrition and contest prep and some to working on mental skills.
I retired from competition in 2009 when my body was no longer willing to do the intense training required to be a top level athlete. It was at that point when I went back to school to refine my skills to be even better at helping others achieve their goals. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Davis in 2014 and my master’s degree in counseling psychology with a graduate certificate in sport psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2018.
In addition, I am a certified Mental Game Coach with the prestigious International Mental Game Coaching Association, as well as a Certified Mental Coach from Mental Training Inc. Does all of this make me qualified to help you? Of course not. I believe my qualifications really come from my passion for excellence! I strive to be the best version of myself every day. With that in mind when you put your dream in my hands, I take it just as serious as I would as if it were my own. Because I place such value on excellence, I will do the best that I can to help you feel empowered, passionate and ready for your upcoming competition or event.
I work best with people who have a vision, mission and understanding of what they want. I work well with competitive athletes, fitness enthusiasts, students, and people of all walks of life wanting to enrich their lives through the power of mental training. I have worked with personal trainers who have spent much time working with their clients that they have let their own fitness go. I have worked with athletes to help them with their body image and self-esteem. I have worked with athletes in the off season to help them with the psychological elements that come with not being in contest shape year round. In fact think of a challenge, any challenge. What is it that is really getting in your way of what you want? That is our starting point. That is where we add resources and work on your mental game. But just like physical training, mental training requires hard work, commitment and dedication. If you are looking for a quick fix, I am not the person for you.
My highest values as a coach are authenticity, wellness, uplifting communication, balance and interpersonal and intra-personal excellence. I truly believe we are all here on this planet to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be.
Nancy’s Background and Credentials
California Institute of Integral Studies: PhD, Psychology (in progress)
John F. Kennedy University: Master’s in Counseling Psychology; Graduate Certificate in Sport Psychology
UC Davis: Bachelor’s in Psychology
Mental Skills Training
International Mental Game Coaching Association: Certified Mental Game Instructor
International Mental Game Coaching Association: Certified Mental Game Coach
Mental Training Inc: Certified Mental Coach
NLP University: Certified NLP Practitioner
The NLP Institute of California: Certified NLP Master Practitioner
The NLP Institute of California: Certified NLP Health Practitioner
Fitness and Nutrition
Precision Nutrition: Level 1 Certified Pn1
Spencer Institute: Certified Lifestyle Fitness Coach
NESTA: Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach
The NLP Institute of California: Trance and Deep Change Work Certification Spencer Institute: Certified Sports Hypnotist ABH: Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Phi Kappa Phi
Golden Key International Honour Society
National Society of Leadership Success
CAMFT: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
AAMFT: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
ACBS: Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
AASP: Association for Applied Sport Psychology