Playing the Inner Game of Pickleball: Harnessing confidence, belief, and self-talk to improve your game and your experience

February 6, 13 & 20, from 5 – 6:15 pm

Class limited to 12 participants

Led by Alex Ferreira, LMHC, CRC

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Tapping paddles at the end of the game. Keeping it fun, while maintaining a healthy sense of competitive play in pickleball.

Ever wondered how top athletes master their thoughts, fears, and inner voices to perform at their highest potential? Or have you been ahead in a game, only to have victory slip away because you lost focus and confidence? As adult players and athletes, how do we maintain a healthy relationship to competition, playing to win while not getting too attached, or losing sight of the pleasure of simply playing?

All of these questions are part of the “inner game” of pickleball, and competition in general. In this 3-session class you’ll have the opportunity to explore your own inner game, guided by Alex Ferreira, LMHC, CRC. Alex is a mental skills performance trainer who works locally with Division 1 college athletes. See her bio below.

Topics to be explored during the 3 sessions include:

  • confidence, beliefs and self-talk
  • responding to results
  • performing under pressure
  • coping skills for anxiety

During these 75-minute sessions, Alex will teach specific skills of mental performance training, pose questions for group discussion, and lead the group in examining the attitudes and beliefs we bring to the court. Emphasis will be placed on how we can carry these new skills into the rest of our daily lives.

Dates: Tuesdays, Feb 6, 13, & 20

Time: 5 – 6:15 pm

Cost: $90

PS: If you have any trouble registering for the class, please text me at 413-695-8766. Thx!

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Alex Ferreira is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor & Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with education and professional experience in sport psychology and mental skills and performance training. In her full-time position, Alex utilizes a combination of mental health and mental performance counseling to help Division I student-athletes reach their competitive edge and fullest potential inside and outside of athletics. Additionally, Alex is immersed in the athletic world herself as an avid CrossFit Athlete, CrossFit L-1 Trainer, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach, and Practical Nutrition Coach. In all realms of her professional and personal life, Alex thrives on connecting with others, being a support and resource to those she interacts with, and developing athletes and human beings who are motivated to improve their experience, performance, and confidence.

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