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News Release: December 26, 2019 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Sotiris Chatzithomas Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Sotiris Chatzithomas based in Athens, Greece, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Sotiris was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor, (CMGI).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

Sotiris Chatzithomas is a dedicated professional coach, across many specialties, who has boundless energy for investigating the world of peak performance. He is a pleasure to work with. Sotiris originally comes from the world of finance and business, and as such, the training and knowledge he has gained from those worlds helps him tremendously in mental game coaching. He has a highly analytical mind, a methodical approach and a well-organized system for learning about the mental game.

Sotiris came to IMGCA training with a strong motivation to start a career as a mental game coach. He is very passionate about helping people. He is a people-person who has creative insights that will take him very far in this field. Sotiris will make a great mental game coach because he has a deep level of dedication to his clients, and tremendous insight into human nature. He already has excellent communication skills and is eager to learn more.

He has the drive and dedication required to develop himself as a coach, consultant, writer and trainer, and the business acumen to advance his goals in his mental game coaching practice. I see Sotiris as eventually developing a national reputation in Greece as a top mental game coach. He has a very bright future, and it has been my pleasure to assist him at the start of his career in this exciting field."


Sotiris is highly educated and accomplished. He is a man of letters and depth. His degrees and certifications:

Boston University
Bachelor in Economics

Bentley University
MBA

Bentley University
Masters in Finance

IMGCA Level I Certified Mental Game Instructor (CMGI).
IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach (CTPC).
Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
Board Certified Coach (BCC)
Certified Life Coach
Certified Wellness Coach
Wellness Inventory Certified Coach
Certified International Health Coach

Sotiris' Motivations For Undertaking IMGCA Certification

Sotiris was for a long time very interested in becoming a Certified Mental Game Coach. Since he was young he was into sports. In high school he was a professional water skier. Then he had to quit the sporting life and went to Boston, Massachusetts, in the USA to pursue his bachelor's degree in economics, and then an MBA and Masters in Finance. For many years he was working in the finance industry. A few years ago he decided to make a big change in the direction of his life and he decided to become a Life and Wellness Coach. Currently he is a certified Life and Wellness Coach.

Sotiris wanted to know more about how he could help others reach more of their potential in sport. He saw IMGCA certification as the best option, with its in-depth course offerings. Sports was and still is part of his DNA. As an athlete he really appreciated the importance of mental strength. Currently he is a passionate club tennis player. He has a few coaching clients that are in need of a mental coach. His main purpose for applying to the IMGCA program was that he wanted to help himself as well as his current and future clients.

His LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sotirischatzithomas/

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

Level I IMGCA certification requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Level I students are required to view 13 videos, listen to over six hours of audios, understand two assessments and read 19 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy


News Release: December 16, 2019 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Alaa Kanno Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Alaa Kanno based in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Alaa was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor, (CMGI).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Alaa Kanno is a man on a mission. He has become the first person to be certified as a Mental Game Coach in the entire country of Saudi Arabia.

His background as an athlete is extensive, and his love of coaching and of the mental game will make Alaa an amazing mental game coach.

Alaa is a lifelong learner of psychology of how people learn, develop and perform. He has studied the psychology of human performance from many perspectives and now has added the mental game coaching perspective to his repertoire. With his engineering background, Alaa takes a very systematic approach to immersing himself into the IMGCA curriculum, and I know he is highly motivated to learn all he can in this field so he can continue to help others grow as athletes and coaches. I can see Alaa becoming one of the most influential mental game coaches in the Middle East. The vision he has for himself in this field is broad and far reaching. I have absolutely no doubt that he will be a leader in the mental game coaching field."


Alaa's Motivations For IMGCA Certification

He found himself very interested on the subject of mental game coaching. He used to be a professional football player, so he knew what having a strong mental game means, and he's very passionate about it. He wanted to seek the support and guidance of IMGCA to become the first mental game coach in his country.

Alaa's Background

Alaa played for the Al-Nahdah Club in Saudi Arabia as a professional football player for 7 years. Currently he is working as a coach with Sound Heart Counseling Clinic. He is looking forward to becoming a mental performance coach and providing his services to the sports entities in the area. He is very passionate about this.

His brother, Mohammed Kanno, is on the National Team of Saudi Arabia, and Alaa has helped him with mental skills and mental performance many times.

Alaa is a Chemical Engineering graduate from Heriot Watt University in Scotland. He also has a diploma in Laboratory Techniques. Currently he is working as a Chemical Engineer at the Saudi Aramco Oil company.

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

Level I IMGCA certification requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Level I students are required to view 13 videos, listen to over six hours of audios, understand two assessments and read 19 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy


News Release: November 4, 2019 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Dana M. Cacchione, MS Ed., CCATP, Is A New Level II Certified Mental Game Coach.


Dana M. Cacchione, MS Ed., CCATPDana M. Cacchione, MS Ed., CCATP, based in Clifton Park, New York has earned the Level II Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Dana was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Coach, (CMGC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

IMGCA is always excited to receive applications from school psychologists, because they invariably bring such a wealth of experience to the program. So when I saw the application from Dana, I just knew she would bring a tremendous amount to the program. And I was right. As soon as we began the certification process, Dana was contributing her wisdom and experiences, and I am very appreciative for that.

I always looked forward to my classes with Dana. We had stimulating, in-depth discussions around applying counseling approaches to applied learning and performance psychology to many areas of education and sports. I learned a great deal from Dana.

Dana is the ideal school psychologist because she has such deep compassion for her students. She has a big heart and that comes across loud and clear. She cares about people. This is also the basis for mental game coaching. Dana is an excellent analyst of people and their situations. Dana's ability to read people is, for her quite natural, and it also comes from her clinical background, and from many years of school experience. Her special certification in the clinical treatment of anxiety disorders is also ideal for working with athletes. So many skills from school psychology transfer to the mental game world, and in this way Dana has a big head start to becoming excellent in this field. Dana has already begun to use what we covered in the IMGCA certification program, creating a mental game coaching business with a partner top athletic coach in New York State.

Dana's strong background working with children, adolescents, educators and parents is the perfect mix for success as a mental game coach. Dana is very organized, an excellent writer, highly articulate and personable. All of these skills will take her far in this field. With her years of experience in school settings, Dana has a wealth of ways of looking at situations, and in applying solutions. This has made her successful as a school psychologist and this will make her successful as a mental game coach.

Dana wanted to learn more about how to help people overcome self-imposed limits and how to coach people to reach peak performance in sports performance skills. The IMGCA Level II certification has launched her along that pathway. Dana has studied human potential all her life. With her transition into mental game coaching, she now will be able to combine her wide and deep background in psychology and counseling with teaching, coaching and mentoring young people.

I am positive that Dana will become an impactful leader in the mental game coaching field. I can't wait to see how her business and career develops. I know she will help many people.


Dana's Motivations For IMGCA Certification

After several months of research, Dana saw that IMGCA is the best program out there to provide the training needed to become an effective coach in the area of mental performance. She felt that certification by IMGCA would provide her with the tools and expertise, as well as the respect needed to be successful with helping others improve their mental game.

Dana's Background As A School Psychologist

Dana has extensive experience in the assessment of cognitive strengths and weaknesses, analyzing executive function skills, and developing plans for effective change. With over twenty years of experience working with clients with a variety of developmental and mental health challenges, Dana has developed methods of treatment that draw from the fields of DBT, CBT, cognitive therapy, imagery, mindfulness, and meditation.

Dana’s most favorite thing is to help a client to understand their strengths and to devise a plan to overcome their challenges. It is through a lens of positivity, growth, and future-direction that she helps a client to feel empowered and propelled to take the next steps toward their goals.

Dana’s mission is to keep learning and challenging herself to try new things and break the barriers of what she once thought possible. Opening her mental game coaching business practice MpowerMe with her partner, friend and long-time athlete / athletic coach has allowed her to enter into the exciting area of sports psychology coaching. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work with athletes and experience with them the incredible rewards competition provides, and to help each client to break through the barriers of what they once thought possible.

In 1997 Dana received her Master's of Science in School Psychology. Since that time she has worked with hundreds of students with a variety of mental health challenges. Over the past several years, she has observed a shift in the adolescent population. Teenagers are much more anxious and stressed-out than ever before. This is apparent across the board, but surprisingly prevalent in the athletic population. Watching her own children advance through the ranks of athletics has broadened her interest in the area of mental performance. They have reached the level of state competitions, and going through the process with them has inspired her to pursue training to help other high-achieving athletes manage the mental aspect of their sport.

Dana holds a Master's Degree in School Psychology, as well as a certification in the clinical treatment of anxiety disorders. She has provided counseling services to students aged preschool through high school since 1997.

For many years Dana has utilized methods of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in her practice. The incorporation of mindfulness strategies has enhanced her therapeutic techniques as well. In counseling, she strives to focus on the strengths of the individual and to empower each student to believe in the power of their mind to help them through any situation. Learning to shift thoughts to a positive perspective leads to emotional regulation and better success in any situation. Several of her students were once unable to get out of bed due to severe anxiety and depression, and eventually learned to manage their thoughts and emotions, attended school, earned jobs and eventually graduated from high school.

The highlights of Dana's work history have included watching students transform from being disabled by their mental health challenges to being empowered to achieve their goals. Her current work is collaborating with a long-time elite coach to help athletes improve their sports performance by strengthening the mental aspects of the game.

Dana's Business Website

https://www.mpowerme-now.com/

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

Level II IMGCA certification requires five hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Level II students are required to view six hours of videos, with an additional three hours of video electives, listen to over six hours of audios, with an additional three hours of audio electives, understand how to use a major IMGCA assessment and read 20 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 140 content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level II certification written examination, or submits a final project.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: May 16, 2019 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Dakota Patton Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Dakota PattonDakota Patton based in Loveland, Colorado, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Dakota was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor, CMGI.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

Dakota Patton is a man on a mission. He's a dynamo on and off the basketball court. He's an accomplished basketball player and dedicated coach. He's an award-winning academic and community leader. The theme running through all his activities is Dakota's big heart. Dakota really loves people and loves to help them grow.

The moment I saw Dakota's certification application to IMGCA I knew this was someone special, a true high achiever. I could tell Dakota was going to bring a lot to IMGCA. Even though Dakota is in the early stages of his career, he has accomplished a tremendous amount, and he's made a big impact on those around him.

Dakota's motivations and reasons for wanting to be certified by the IMGCA came from his background as a basketball player. He had an early interest in the mental game as a basketball player. He was able to see how that directly affected his experience in the sport along with his life experiences in general. This drove him to become a Psychology major where he received a bachelor degree in psychology from Johnson & Wales University in Denver.

His passion for helping young athletes as a skills trainer goes beyond helping their skills to increasing their confidence and building their mental game so that can make their sport experience that much better.

Dakota came to IMGCA certification so he would be able to help athletes of all ages and sports play their best mental game at all times. He has seen athletes struggle due to having a limited mental game so he did not want these mental barriers holding them back. He's seen athletes with lowered confidence or other mental issues. Dakota truly believes that an athlete's mindset can get them to achieve whatever goals they want, and he wants to help young athletes develop that mindset.

Dakota already has an excellent background in psychology. He has had Developmental Psychology and Sports Psychology classes, where he uses that coursework along with his personal experiences to help the young athletes he trains every day. For example, in his Sports Psychology class he has learned that not every player will respond to the same coaching style, and the coach getting to know the athletes they work with can help how the players respond to the coach. This makes the training faster and more efficient.

In his IMGCA Level I certification program Dakota covered such topics as:

        • Attention and Concentration Control

        • Focusing

        • Communication

        • Enlisting parents as allies

        • Goal Setting

        • Attention span

        • Motivation

        • Individual differences

        • How to read people and understand them better

        • How to create rapport

Dakota has already started applying the IMGCA methodology to his teaching and coaching.

Dakota is already an excellent communicator. He has a true passion for people, and they know that he cares about them. He's a natural leader, and this has already been recognized multiple times by others watching him in action. Dakota has really found the ideal career—teaching, coaching and mentoring young people.

Dakota wanted to get a firm grounding in applied performance psychology. He wanted to learn more about how to teach winning mindsets and how to coach better in sports, and life skills. The IMGCA approach and structure helped him get a solid foundation for all of that.

I know for sure that Dakota is a person who will be developing as a person and as a professional his entire life. He has that burning desire to be the best at whatever he does. I also know Dakota will continue to grow dramatically as a mental game coach, across his entire life, because he is truly a lifelong learner. He lives what he teaches his athletes and students. He's a great role model for them.

Dakota has been a lifelong basketball enthusiast. He played other sports, but nothing kept his interest as much as basketball. He was always a tremendously hard worker, and developed his skills enough in high school to be able to walk on to the Colorado State Men's Basketball Team, a Division 1 program in Fort Collins, Colorado.

He ultimately transferred to Johnson & Wales University in order to get the best playing experience. His first year there he was awarded the "Best Teammate" award due to his leadership abilities. His junior year he was awarded The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Athlete award due to his ability in the classroom. The Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete programs recognize excellence in the classroom by NAIA-member student-athletes who are juniors or above in academic standing with a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Students must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer. The awards are given annually to outstanding student-athletes in the various sports in which the program is active and their respective teams are eligible for NAIA postseason competition.

http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=205327004

In his final year he received the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Community Male Athlete award due to his involvement on and off campus, in addition to his internship of being a skills trainer. He was also a starter and a Captain on that team.

The SCAC Character & Community award honors the efforts of student-athletes who excel in the field of athletics, and serve their campus and community. Throughout his academic career at Johnson & Wales, Dakota has made every effort to support each student organization on campus. He recognized early on that when you are part of a small campus community each campus group is looking for any help to get their name and mission. He has taken part in any event a student group puts together, whether it be sitting in a dunk tank or serving as an open mic night judge.

As a member of JWU’s Black Student Union and Campus Cultures, Dakota has valued the chance to give a voice to a community within the campus. He relished in the opportunity to create programming showcasing a part of his identity as well as share his experiences with Johnson & Wales.

https://www.scacsports.com/awardsHonors/character_community/2018-2019/athletes_of_the_week/week_15_male

The SCAC Character & Community award was created in 2009 to honor and recognize the efforts of the extraordinary student-athletes of the conference who not only excel athletically on the field, course, court, pool or track, but also by serving their campus and community.

https://www.scacsports.com/awardsHonors/character_community/main

His second year he also competed in track and field where he set the school record in the 100 meter dash.

Dakota is very accomplished academically. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Johnson & Wales University, in Denver Colorado. His undergraduate work included classes in Sports Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and a Research class where he conducted research on preferred coaching styles based on a player's self-efficacy rating.

https://www.jwu.edu/campuses/denver/index.html

Dakota holds the prestigious USA Basketball Training (Gold) certification. He has experience training elementary, middle school, high school, and collegiate level players.

https://community.usab.com/

Dakota has worked for the Rocky Mountain Fever, a club basketball organization where he coached teams and ran camps. Rocky Mountain Fever Basketball is the premier youth basketball organization in Northern Colorado offering quality programs designed to improve basketball skills, build character, and support the emotional and physical development of young athletes in their communities.

https://www.feverhoops.com/

He has also worked for the Jacksonville Basketball Academy, where he was an assistant at one of the top camps in the Florida area run by a McDonald's All-American coach, Jim Martin.

https://www.jacksonvillebasketballacademy.com/

Currently Dakota works for React Fast Basketball Academy where he is a skills trainer for individuals and groups. He runs and assists academies for players, and he also is the coach for the club team State 38, which is a part of React Fast Basketball Academy. React Fast Basketball Academy is under the Drew Hanlens Mentorship Program in order to eventually become an affiliate. They are also the top training company in Northern Colorado.

https://www.reactfasthoops.com/

Level I IMGCA certification requires two hours of live private telephonic 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Students also have access to over 70 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Cupertino, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: May 10, 2019 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Dr. Karla Steingraber Is A New Level III IMGCA Certified Mental Game Master Coach.


Karla SteingraberKarla Steingraber, Psy.D., based in Northbook, IL, has earned the Level III Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Dr. Steingraber was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Master Coach, CMGMC.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

Karla continues to make fast, steady progress in the IMGCA Certification program. Here she has already achieved her Level III Certification in just a few weeks time. Even with an incredibly busy practice as a clinical psychologist, she has dedicated herself to diving into the IMGCA classes, audios, videos, assessments and readings to learn all she can. Karla loves intense learning and her knowledge and skills are expanding weekly.

I said it before, and I say it here again. Karla will be a true leader in this field. Everything she has done before, and all she is doing now points to that. She will make a significant impact in the mental game coaching field.

As a highly-experienced psychologist, Karla has that wonderful relational base of being able to be fully present for clients, in supporting them and in having them know she is for them 100%. She has a very strong background in testing and interventional approaches.

I have learned a great deal from Karla myself, as she shares her reactions and insights as we cover the material. We trade presentations in case studies and then discuss a wide variety of approaches to help clients resolve their issues. I really appreciate her collegial and professional attitude. I can see how her clients really like her and trust her.

Karla has a well-developed sense of humor and her down to earth personal style is comforting to her clients. She has a pragmatism and joint problem solving style that people really appreciate. She is thoroughly professional, well-prepared and fully-present in every one of our interactions. Karla is a pleasure to have in the program.

Karla already has a large client base in sport psychology. She works with professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes. She provides psychological support to clients who will be adding physical activity to their lives, and for people who want better work-life balance.

Karla has done extensive reading about the mental game and that, combined with her personal experiences as a life-long athlete, gives her deep insight into the mind of the athlete.

Karla's mental game coaching firm, Everest Strong Coaching, LLC, coaches professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes, parents and coaches across the full spectrum of services needed for competitive sport, fitness and recreation.

Karla has a long career as a competitive athlete. As a youngster she rode horses competitively and won a number of red and blue medals.She has been a good skier since age five and is now at the advanced level. She is also an avid runner. Karla has run two marathons and is training for her third. She has also competed in numerous shorter races.

With Karla's deep background and insight as a psychotherapist and athlete, she quickly and naturally absorbs the IMGCA curriculum and is able to adapt the material to her client's needs. Karla has very creative talents and can readily see avenues to helping her clients with the IMGCA repertoire of psychological techniques and approaches.

Modalities and approaches Karla uses include mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, and psychological, emotional, cognitive and neuropsychological testing. She has helped patients with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and compulsive eating or binge eating. Among other specialties, Karla is well-versed in child development and parenting work as well as suicide prevention and issues that arise in LGBT relationships and adults dealing with life transitions.

Karla also has extensive experience supervising doctoral-level psychology interns at an APA-approved training site.

Karla has provided psychological services across the full spectrum of treatment venues, including residential facilities, outpatient centers, hospitals, nursing homes, weight-management programs, psychology clinics, transitional day programs, and hospital emergency rooms.

She also completed a post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology in Sheridan, Wyoming while working for a residential treatment program for adults with brain injury and brain trauma.

Dr. Steingraber is an Associated Professional Member (APM) in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

Karla Steingraber, Psy.D., is a highly distinguished licensed clinical psychologist and mental game coach. She has been a leader in professional psychology for over a decade. Dr. Steingraber holds an BA degree from Duke University, majoring in philosophy and German. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

She completed her internship at McGill University teaching hospital, in Montreal, Quebec, the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), with rotations in the Psychiatry Department.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President of Aprioris Psychological Health Services in Northbrook, IL for over 10 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist directing her own private practice, and also contracts with other group practices.

She conducts individual and group therapy with a wide variety of populations, including adults and adolescents. Her firm provides psychological, emotional, and cognitive testing, as well as neuro-psychological screenings to assess for brain damage.

Her specializations include working with children, the developmentally disabled, and those with dual diagnosis. She is certified in QPR and trains lay people in recognizing signs of suicidal thinking and early intervention to prevent suicide.

Over many years she has provided play therapy with children and parent guidance, in both residential and outpatient settings. She formerly provided specialized treatment to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President-Elect / President / Immediate Past President for the Illinois Psychological Association for the past seven years. She has been a Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board Member for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for three years. She has been the Vice Chairman Of The Board for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Board of Psychology for the last two years.

Dr. Steingraber has been Associate Chair of the Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Section of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA).

Level III IMGCA certification requires 15 hours of live private telephonic or web 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Students also have access to over 70 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level III certification written examination, or writes a final paper or creates and submits a final project.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: March 22, 2019 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Jerry Enns Is A New Level II Certified Coach.


Jerry EnnsJerry Enns, based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, has earned the Level II Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Jerry was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Coach, CMGC.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

I am proud to announce that Jerry Enns, located in Ontario, Canada, is the first Canadian IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor in history.

Jerry Enns is a true renaissance man. His resume is loaded with experience, across many fields. His knowledge base is very wide, and also quite deep. He is a high achiever, and also very impressive as a person. Jerry is a big thinker.

The first time I spoke with Jerry by video I could tell he was a person who has great passion in what he does and in his vision. He's a high-energy person who knows how to make things happen.

From reading his IMGCA Certification application, I knew Jerry was in this field for all the right reasons. He has a big heart and a deep desire to help people overcome their mental barriers. He's been doing that for over 20 years. So I was thrilled to have Jerry join the IMGCA Certification Program. He has very big goals and a big dream. Jerry is committed to completing all four levels and graduating as a Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach. He wants all the knowledge and tools he can get. He has already described his vision of becoming an IMGCA licensed trainer.

In our first class I could tell Jerry's thirst for learning was huge. He brings a lot to each class. He is well-prepared and has a deep and insightful list of questions that drive the sessions.

Jerry is undertaking an accelerated, intensive class load with IMGCA. Indeed, he's making incredible progress. This shows his commitment to completing all four levels and graduating as a Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach. With Jerry's extensive background as a mental game consultant and coach, IMGCA granted him advanced placement status, directly into the Level II program.

A big part of Jerry's success in business, sports and life is his big personality. He's friendly, outgoing and very down to earth. He has a great sense of humor, interest in people and great rapport skills. People immediately like him, and he likes them. He's married and a parent of two children in college, so he well understands the challenges parents have of raising kids, and of helping them navigate the sports world. Jerry is really present with people, and his natural curiosity drives the interaction. His clients know he is there to help them succeed. He's a consummate problem solver and pragmatist. He has solved many challenges in his own sports participation, in the athletes he coaches and he has that winning attitude of success. Jerry is a winner and he knows how to teach that to his clients.

Our certification sessions are invigorating for me because Jerry brings so much experience to them. He's very open to share what he's done in his career. I really appreciate that. We share case studies and then discuss a wide variety of approaches to help clients resolve their issues.

He has done extensive in-depth reading about the mental game and that, combined with his personal lifelong experiences as a athlete, gives him deep insight into the mind of the athlete. One of Jerry's best qualities is his curiosity. He has the innate drive to dig deep and find historical and current writings on the subjects his clients need.

I can tell that Jerry is a master teacher and coach from the way he describes how he helps his students. He has great attention to detail and has very creative and innovative methods of making change happen with his clients.

Jerry's mental game coaching firm coaches professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes, parents and coaches across the full spectrum of services needed for competitive sport, fitness and recreation.

With Jerry's deep background and insights as a coach, businessman and athlete, he is quickly and naturally moving through the IMGCA curriculum. He takes what we do and immediately applies that to the needs of his clients.

I am convinced that Jerry will make himself well-known in the mental game coaching field, as a coach, consultant, writer and leader. Jerry is absolutely a leader. He's held many, many leadership, management and supervisorial positions throughout his career, and this will help place him at the forefront of this exciting field.

Jerry has a decades-long background as a speaker and trainer. He's spoken internationally as a seminarian, workshop leader and corporate trainer. He's very comfortable educating athletes, coaches, parents and business people.

Jerry is an innovative workshop leader, having created numerous innovative programs on improving the powers of the mind. He uses an experiential, immersive approach with his audiences to make his teaching come alive and to be immediately practical. Among others, Jerry has created and delivered Mindpotential workshops on golf and Mindpotential Lacrosse.

He teaches the '4 Simple Steps' athletes need to take to improve their mental game. These steps teach people how to set appropriate expectations, adjust misaligned perceptions, take back control their emotions to unlock and stretch their mind’s potential to enhance their performance in sport, life and school.

Jerry’s unique ‘Freedom’ techniques help people manage those nagging mental obstacles of worry, anxiety, doubt and regret which allows people to build more confidence, enter the zone and stay in the zone for optimal performance.

Through his 20-plus years of mind coaching experiences, Jerry shares his unique successes and challenges of exploring the mind’s potential with compassion, empathy and humor.

Jerry holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Human Kinetics and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

He holds a wide range of diplomas and certificates:

        • Wilfrid Laurier University, Business Diploma

        • Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers (AMCT designation)

        • Fanshawe College, Municipal Financial Accounting

        • University of Western Ontario, Public Administration

        • Revenue Sources Management School, Wheeling West Virginia (won scholarship)

        • United States Naval Academy Leadership Training, Virginia

        • Performance Coaching Level 1 Alliance Hockey

        • National Coaching Association Certificate Level 1

Jerry has coached baseball, bantam house league hockey alliance champions, and he has been a mental game coach to many athletes in these sports: triathlete competition, motorcar racing, rifle shooting, and professional golf. Jerry is also a professional instructor of alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Jerry is a life-long athlete who has played a wide variety of sports and who currently participates in golf, curling, slo-pitch, skiing, snowboarding and crokinole.

Jerry is an extremely experienced businessman, manager and entrepreneur. He's started, managed and consulted to many businesses, across many industries.

He has spent the last 20-plus years honing his skills to better understand the secrets to 'enhanced performance' and the incredible 'potential of the mind'. Jerry shares his unique experiences and successes through seminars, private coaching and performance consulting for executives and businesses at large such as Sun Life Financial, Programmed Insurance Brokers, Maple Software, Home Hardware, Investors Group, and Ontario Winter Games and the Canadian Ski Instructor's Alliance.

Jerry is personally committed to making a difference in his community through coaching minor hockey, baseball and is a professional instructor of alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Level II IMGCA certification requires five hours of live private telephonic or web 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Students also have access to over 70 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination, or writes a final paper or creates and submits a final project.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today.  The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.

How To Become Licensed To Teach The IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA welcomes inquiries from Mental Game Experts and Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coaches who wish to become licensed trainers in the IMGCA Certification training programs. If you qualify, you or your company can be licensed to teach the IMGCA Certification Training Programs in various regions and countries. Become licensed in your region, country or state to provide IMGCA training and create a profitable business, as well as spread the good works of the IMGCA.

Licensing benefits include intensive training, on-going support, use of our brand names, logos, tools, assessment instruments and our strategic branding initiatives. Contact us today for more information.


News Release: March 20, 2019 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Dr. Karla Steingraber Is A New Level II Certified Coach.


Karla Steingraber Karla Steingraber, Psy.D., based in Northbook, IL, has earned the Level II Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Dr. Steingraber was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Coach, CMGC.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

Karla has a tremendously distinguished background in professional psychology, competitive sport and leadership.

I knew as soon as I saw Karla's application that this was a person who would really soar in the mental game coaching field. I was right. Karla has flown through her coursework and is moving through her certification levels the fastest of anyone ever before. She is committed to completing all four levels and graduating as a Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach.

Karla will make a huge impact in the mental game coaching field, at multiple levels. Her strong background in leadership destines her to be a standout coach, mentor and executive.

As a highly-experienced psychologist, Karla has that wonderful relational base of being able to be fully present for clients, in supporting them and in having them know she is for them 100%.
She has a very strong background in testing and interventional approaches.

I have learned a great deal from Karla myself, as she shares her reactions and insights as we cover the material. We trade presentations in case studies and then discuss a wide variety of approaches to help clients resolve their issues. I really appreciate her collegial and professional attitude. I can see how her clients really like her and trust her.

Karla has a well-developed sense of humor and her down to earth personal style is comforting to her clients. She has a pragmatism and joint problem solving style that people really appreciate. She is thoroughly professional, well-prepared and fully-present in every one of our interactions. Karla is a pleasure to have in the program.

Karla already has a large client base in sport psychology. She works with professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes. She provides psychological support to clients who will be adding physical activity to their lives, and for people who want better work-life balance.

Karla has done extensive reading about the mental game and that, combined with her personal experiences as a life-long athlete, gives her deep insight into the mind of the athlete.

Karla's mental game coaching firm, Everest Strong Coaching, LLC, coaches professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes, parents and coaches across the full spectrum of services needed for competitive sport, fitness and recreation.

Karla has a long career as a competitive athlete. As a youngster she rode horses competitively and won a number of red and blue medals.
She has been a good skier since age five and is now at the advanced level. She is also an avid runner. Karla has run two marathons and is training for her third. She has also competed in numerous shorter races.

With Karla's deep background and insight as a psychotherapist and athlete, she quickly and naturally absorbs the IMGCA curriculum and is able to adapt the material to her client's needs. Karla has very creative talents and can readily see avenues to helping her clients with the IMGCA repertoire of psychological techniques and approaches.

Modalities and approaches Karla uses include mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, and psychological, emotional, cognitive and neuropsychological testing. She has helped patients with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and compulsive eating or binge eating. Among other specialties, Karla is well-versed in child development and parenting work as well as suicide prevention and issues that arise in LGBT relationships and adults dealing with life transitions.

Karla also has extensive experience supervising doctoral-level psychology interns at an APA-approved training site.

Karla has provided psychological services across the full spectrum of treatment venues, including residential facilities, outpatient centers, hospitals, nursing homes, weight-management programs, psychology clinics, transitional day programs, and hospital emergency rooms.

She also completed a post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology in Sheridan, Wyoming while working for a residential treatment program for adults with brain injury and brain trauma.

Dr. Steingraber is an Associated Professional Member (APM) in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

Karla Steingraber, Psy.D., is a highly distinguished licensed clinical psychologist and mental game coach. She has been a leader in professional psychology for over a decade. Dr. Steingraber holds a BA degree from Duke University, majoring in philosophy and German. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

She completed her internship at McGill University teaching hospital, in Montreal, Quebec, the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), with rotations in the Psychiatry Department.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President of Aprioris Psychological Health Services in Northbrook, IL for over 10 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist directing her own private practice, and also contracts with other group practices.

She conducts individual and group therapy with a wide variety of populations, including adults and adolescents. Her firm provides psychological, emotional, and cognitive testing, as well as neuro-psychological screenings to assess for brain damage.

Her specializations include working with children, the developmentally disabled, and those with dual diagnosis. She is certified in QPR and trains lay people in recognizing signs of suicidal thinking and early intervention to prevent suicide.

Over many years she has provided play therapy with children and parent guidance, in both residential and outpatient settings. She formerly provided specialized treatment to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President-Elect / President / Immediate Past President for the Illinois Psychological Association for the past seven years. She has been a Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board Member for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for three years. She has been the Vice Chairman Of The Board for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Board of Psychology for the last two years.

Dr. Steingraber has been Associate Chair of the Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Section of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA).

Level II IMGCA certification requires five hours of live private telephonic or web 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Students also have access to over 70 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination, or writes a final paper or creates and submits a final project.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today.  The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: February 22, 2019 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Dr. Karla Steingraber Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Karla Steingraber Karla Steingraber, Psy.D., based in Northbook, IL, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Dr. Steingraber was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor, CMGI.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

Karla has a tremendously distinguished background in professional psychology, competitive sport and leadership.

I knew as soon as I saw Karla's application that this was a person who would really soar in the mental game coaching field. I was right. Karla has flown through her coursework and is moving through her certification levels the fastest of anyone ever before. She is committed to completing all four levels and graduating as a Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach.

Karla will make a huge impact in the mental game coaching field, at multiple levels. Her strong background in leadership destines her to be a standout coach, mentor and executive.

As a highly-experienced psychologist, Karla has that wonderful relational base of being able to be fully present for clients, in supporting them and in having them know she is for them 100%.
She has a very strong background in testing and interventional approaches.

I have learned a great deal from Karla myself, as she shares her reactions and insights as we cover the material. We trade presentations in case studies and then discuss a wide variety of approaches to help clients resolve their issues. I really appreciate her collegial and professional attitude. I can see how her clients really like her and trust her.

Karla has a well-developed sense of humor and her down to earth personal style is comforting to her clients. She has a pragmatism and joint problem solving style that people really appreciate. She is thoroughly professional, well-prepared and fully-present in every one of our interactions. Karla is a pleasure to have in the program.

Karla already has a large client base in sport psychology. She works with professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes. She provides psychological support to clients who will be adding physical activity to their lives, and for people who want better work-life balance.

Karla has done extensive reading about the mental game and that, combined with her personal experiences as a life-long athlete, gives her deep insight into the mind of the athlete.

Karla's mental game coaching firm, Everest Strong Coaching, LLC, coaches professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes, parents and coaches across the full spectrum of services needed for competitive sport, fitness and recreation.

Karla has a long career as a competitive athlete. As a youngster she rode horses competitively and won a number of red and blue medals.
She has been a good skier since age five and is now at the advanced level. She is also an avid runner. Karla has run two marathons and is training for her third. She has also competed in numerous shorter races.

With Karla's deep background and insight as a psychotherapist and athlete, she quickly and naturally absorbs the IMGCA curriculum and is able to adapt the material to her client's needs. Karla has very creative talents and can readily see avenues to helping her clients with the IMGCA repertoire of psychological techniques and approaches.

Modalities and approaches Karla uses include mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, and psychological, emotional, cognitive and neuropsychological testing. She has helped patients with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and compulsive eating or binge eating. Among other specialties, Karla is well-versed in child development and parenting work as well as suicide prevention and issues that arise in LGBT relationships and adults dealing with life transitions.

Karla also has extensive experience supervising doctoral-level psychology interns at an APA-approved training site.

Karla has provided psychological services across the full spectrum of treatment venues, including residential facilities, outpatient centers, hospitals, nursing homes, weight-management programs, psychology clinics, transitional day programs, and hospital emergency rooms.

She also completed a post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology in Sheridan, Wyoming while working for a residential treatment program for adults with brain injury and brain trauma.

Dr. Steingraber is an Associated Professional Member (APM) in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

Karla Steingraber, Psy.D., is a highly distinguished licensed clinical psychologist and mental game coach. She has been a leader in professional psychology for over a decade. Dr. Steingraber holds an BA degree from Duke University, majoring in philosophy and German. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

She completed her internship at McGill University teaching hospital, in Montreal, Quebec, the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), with rotations in the Psychiatry Department.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President of Aprioris Psychological Health Services in Northbrook, IL for over 10 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist directing her own private practice, and also contracts with other group practices.

She conducts individual and group therapy with a wide variety of populations, including adults and adolescents. Her firm provides psychological, emotional, and cognitive testing, as well as neuro-psychological screenings to assess for brain damage.

Her specializations include working with children, the developmentally disabled, and those with dual diagnosis. She is certified in QPR and trains lay people in recognizing signs of suicidal thinking and early intervention to prevent suicide.

Over many years she has provided play therapy with children and parent guidance, in both residential and outpatient settings. She formerly provided specialized treatment to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President-Elect / President / Immediate Past President for the Illinois Psychological Association for the past seven years. She has been a Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board Member for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for three years. She has been the Vice Chairman Of The Board for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Board of Psychology for the last two years.

Dr. Steingraber has been Associate Chair of the Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Section of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA).

Level I IMGCA certification requires two hours of live private telephonic or web 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Students also have access to over 70 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination, or writes a final paper or creates and submits a final project.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today.  The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


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