I get such enjoyment out of helping people become their best. While formal preparation is vital, it often doesn't address the mental aspects of performance. Sweaty palms, mentally beating yourself up if your performance isn't perfect, having trouble staying focused - these are all common mental responses to performance expectations. Performance enhancement training assists people in developing the skills to handle their minds so their bodies can perform optimally. People incorporate many ideas and mental skills within a few sessions. They feel more confident in their own capacities.
Kate F. Hays, Ph.D., C.Psych., has been practicing psychology since 1971, first in New Hampshire and currently in Toronto. With a background in clinical psychology (Ph.D. from Boston University), for the past 30 years she has developed expertise in Sport Psychology, and more recently, the emerging field of Performance Psychology.
As an independent scholar, Dr. Hays has lectured widely throughout North America, England, and Australia. Her latest book, Performance Psychology in Action (APA, 2009), complements the co-authored You're On! Consulting for Peak Performance (APA, 2004). Her combined interests in exercise and psychotherapy have resulted in three books, Move Your Body: Tone Your Mood (New Harbinger Publications, 2002), Working it Out: Using Exercise in Psychotherapy (APA, 1999) and edited Integrating Exercise, Sports, Movement, and Mind: Therapeutic Unity (Haworth, 1998).
Dr. Hays is licensed as a psychologist in the state of New Hampshire and the province of Ontario. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division of Exercise & Sport Psychology, Division of Psychotherapy, and the Division of Independent Practice, and a Fellow and Certified Consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. She is Certified in EMDR and is a member of EMDRIA. Dr. Hays is listed in the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. She founded the Toronto Marathon Psyching Team and currently serves as Co-Director.
Active in state, provincial, and national psychology and sport psychology governance, Dr. Hays has represented the state of New Hampshire, the province of Ontario, and the Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology on APA's Council of Representatives. She is past-Chair of the international Sport Psychology Council and is Past-President of APA's Division of Exercise & Sport Psychology. She received the Bruce Ogilvie Award for Professional Practice from APA’s Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology and the Distinguished Professional Practice Award of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. On APA’s Publications & Communications Board, she serves as Chair-Elect.