A case for Athletes to use Personal Coaching:

“AT THE NFL Rookie Symposium in June, Chris Ballard steps to the podium. Ballard, the director of player personnel for the Chiefs, has a harsh message for the recent draft picks. "Most of you will not be in this league three years from now," he begins. Later, he adds, "Nobody cares about your problems. The fans don't care. The media doesn't care. And ownership doesn't care. They care about results."…..

"He was treating them exactly how they feel, like objects," says Jimmy Stewart, a licensed family therapist who works with athletes and military personnel dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Stewart is a former defensive back with the Saints and Lions, and when he left the league in 1980 he was an emotional wreck and an alcoholic. "The four years I played pro football were some of the most horrendous of my life," he says. "I cried alone. I was frightened. I badly needed somebody to talk to, and I know so many guys today who feel the same way."

Lotus Pose on Two,”

Alyssa Roenigk, ESPN The Magazine:

 1. Comprehensive Integrated Coaching Program 

This coaching design supports, empowers, and encourages you in your development, while consistently drawing you into an engaging and effective new way of being. An extensively individualized program leading you through a comprehensive process determined by exactly what you want to achieve.

A comprehensive integrated coaching program is designed based on your current narrative and deepened as a workable topic with specific measurable objectives. The program is consistently calibrated to maximize your growth over a specific time period.

This coaching program is ideally suited for athletes encountering any of the following:

  • When the Strength and Confidence of being a successful athlete now interfere with your capacity to ask for HELP.
  • In need of Confidence Coaching for Sustainable Excellence 
  • Transitioning from athlete to a new career with Class and Success 
  • Advancing from one level of play to the next….up or down
  • Disruption in your identity. Who am I now that I no longer play?
  • Unexpected ending of career due to injury or being cut.
  • Experiencing Depression….Loneliness.
  • Looking for Meaning and Purpose beyond the playing field

A program format often consists of the following:

  • We meet once every two weeks. Texts, call, and email as often as needed.
  • Exact program length will vary depending on what you wish to accomplish
  • We collaboratively establish specific objectives to measure the outcomes of your program
  • Regular practices are designed to build the capacities you’ll require to start moving towards your goals
  • Your commitment is paramount to the success of your program
  • First two sessions regularly 1.5-2h in length……Subsequent sessions 1-1.5h in length

2. Evolving Self Retreat

When you desire to get away to do some deep personal work, consider an Evolving Self Retreat. Largely precipitated by how life is unfolding, we will create an Evolving Self Retreat that will take you into the heart of who you are. The scope of this retreat is designed to deepen your development. The retreat will include: silence, provocation, enjoyment, shadow-work, conversation, physical challenge, bodywork, relaxation, meditation, collaboration, emotional work, and peace.

An Evolving Self Retreat is determined by the development needs of what is possible for your life. An Evolving Self Retreat contains a strong focus on opening, evolving, moving deeper into what you want to work on and how you want to show up in the world. The time length and location will vary depending on what you are looking for.

  • A couple of days in Big Sur
  • A week in Costa Rica
  • Four days in Key West
  • Ten days of solitude in Hawaii
  • A weekend in downtown Chicago

Where we go and what we do is based on what you want to achieve and the scope of your budget. In an Evolving Self Retreat bigger is not better. All of this can also happen locally. The objective of an Evolving Self Retreat is to access what you need in order to unveil what is next for you.

3. Inner Adventure Weekend

The Inner Adventure Weekend invites you to draw forth the unknowns of your inner world. What guides your choices, your insights, your motivations? The way you transport yourself, the way you interact, the way you experience the world will all become evident to you. What is vital in your life and in your essence will become more available to you. 

An Inner Adventure Weekend is designed to generate possibilities from experiences. The weekend is created to assist you in discovering what is essential for you, as well as what has blocked you from this understanding. An initial pre-assessment is completed in order to determine if this adventure would be of benefit to you. If so, then possible dates will be discussed.

4. Yoga Athletic Excellence (Private or Small Group)

Our yoga and meditation practices will be customized to fit your sport and desired outcomes. Some athletes are looking for a calmer mind, others for greater flexibility and strength, some for the healing effects a day or two after competition. Yoga continues to be adopted by elite performers in virtually every sport. Help take your game to the next level by incorporating yoga and mindfulness into your training.


Stephen Patton

Phone: 847.722.5695

Chicago Office Location:

47 West Division Street #201

Chicago, Illinois 60610

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