As a professional athlete, I traveled worldwide and competed for more than ten years representing Hawaii and the USA in the Bodyboarding World Tour. My experience as an athlete gives me first-hand insight into the joy and happiness of performing your best as well as the agony and embarrassment of defeat. No graduate schools can teach that. On the other hand, scientific knowledge is essential to apply evidence-based mental training interventions, and sport psychology professionals cannot train athletes based on their personal experience. As a mental performance consultant, I received a master’s degree in sport and performance psychology. Also, I am a Sports Performance Consultant certified by the American Board of Sport Psychology.

Hi, My name is Andrea Dias, and I am the mental performance consultant at Athlete’s Treasure. After a career competing as an amateur, my first year as a professional bodyboarder competing in the World Tour was in 2000, when I developed some sort of curiosity about sport psychology.

During my athletic journey, I noticed that sports include physical pain, which is expected and accepted, but there is also a lot of emotional pain that affects us mentally and influences our future performances. Yes, all athletes sell the image of a perfect life, traveling around the world and being paid for it. Yes, there is a lot of fun, happiness, and joy. But the price for it also includes many losses, shame, self-doubt, and receiving harmful criticism, and I lived it. The many ups and downs of my competitive career intrigued me to find out “what is inside our heads” that can hide all our hard work and place athletes between winning and losing.

So, until receiving my master’s degree in sport Psychology, my life was about competing in the world tour and studying. My sport psychology practice and being able to work on the mental preparation of athletes has been my dream since then. And I also spent many years traveling inside the USA to learn sport psychology and psychophysiology applied to sport performance from the best professionals in the USA. I was mentored and I am still being mentored and influenced by the best professionals in the country; I borrowed the brains of people who made the history of sport psychology. Also, I am one of the few sport psychology professionals who had a career in sports. I know what it takes to make a living from the sport “twice”. And I say it twice because I had to figure out a way of making a living from a sport with limited resources, and again, I had to figure out a way to educate athletes about what performance psychology means.

In simple words,

Performance Psychology is about helping you increase performance above previous levels. If you are underperforming during competitions, it does not mean you have a mental disorder. Clinical psychology is concerned with the treatment of mental illness, which is great and includes another set of skills. Performance psychology is concerned with helping you perform better than your past performances

So, to help you think about some of the main concerns of athletes and the services I offer, I have organized a survey question to help you understand a little bit more about performance psychology, but there is a lot to say in only a few minutes, and after answering the survey questions and watching the video, please schedule your free online consultation so we can talk about mental training. It would be great if you chose me as the professional to help you achieve your performance-related goals because I also want to sell my services. But my main goal is to educate people about “the real science of enhancing human performance.” So, I hope you complete the survey by clicking the button, and I look forward to meeting with you.