Dr. Lauren S. Tashman, CMPC Peak Performance Consultant
How Did I Get Here?
When I was 8 years old, my dad came home one day and said he wanted to try riding horses. So all 3 of us (me, my dad, and my mom) started riding. I immediately fell in love and started on a path towards becoming a professional rider with the ultimate goal of eventually competing in the Olympics. Every minute I wasn't in school or sleeping, I was at the barn. I traveled all over the country competing in elite national competitions. It was a great way to grow up! Over the years, I progressed from the ponies, to the juniors, riding in the hunters/equitation, and then moving on to the jumpers. The summer before my freshman year of college, I had been doing well in the junior jumper division, jumping 4'6" jumps on a fool proof horse that would go through the jump if he couldn't go over it. But, my coach said it was time to get a horse I could win on. For the next few months, on a new horse, I never got around a course of jumps. My confidence and motivation deteriorated each time I landed on the ground. Once when I was competing up in Lake Placid, NY, I landed on my back and at first was scared to move just in case something had gone really wrong. Finally, at the last horse show of the summer, I was thrown head first into a jump. After that, I took a break from riding to recover and figure out if I wanted to continue pursuing my life's dream. I decided to keep riding, got a new horse and a new coach, and rode for 3 more years. But I was never the same fearless rider I had always been. So, after 13 years, I ended my riding career. By this time, I was a senior in college and had switched my major to psychology. One of my professors mentioned that I should look into sport psychology and I immediately knew I had found my true passion and calling!
What Do I Bring To The Table?
Education and Qualifications: 2010 PhD in Educational Psychology, Major Sport Psychology, Florida State University (FSU) 2006 Certificate in Program Evaluation, FSU 2006 Certificate in Measurement & Statistics, FSU 2005 MS in Educational Psychology, Major Sport Psychology, FSU 2002 BA Psychology, The College of New Jersey Thesis: The effects of perfectionism and perceived stress on burnout in coaches Dissertation: Be a performance enhancement consultant: Enhancing the training of student sport psychology consultants using expert models Diverse background: Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology; Educational Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Expert Performance; Psychology
Mental Performance Coaching and Related Experience: ♦ Certified Mental Performance Coach with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CMPC) ♦ Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services - Barry University (2013 - 2017) ♦ Mental Performance Coach Softball Canada Senior Women's National Team (2014 - present) ♦ Over 10 years of experience doing peak performance coaching ♦ Worked with sports teams, athletes, and coaches at the NCAA Division I and II, NAIA, community college, high school, youth sport, professional, national/Olympic, and competitive recreational levels of many different sports (ex: softball, tennis, rowing, gymnastics, swimming, diving, basketball, volleyball, equestrian, baseball, golf, soccer, hockey, and football) ♦ Consulted with exercisers and exercise professionals on using mental skills to improve motivation, goal achievement, and adherence ♦ Experience working with non-sport performance, such as with musicians and business professionals ♦ Researched expert performance in SWAT police officers and critical care nurses under the direction of K. Anders Ericsson, Paul Ward, and David Eccles
1. I have an insatiable curiosity for understanding the mind and the role it plays in behavior and performance. So you can expect me to always be trying to learn more and become better at what I do so that I can best help my clients.
2. I am extremely passionate about this work. Helping people to perform more consistently at their potential and expand their potential is extremely rewarding.
3. I believe that the mind is very powerful. Our thoughts affect our actions, so if they aren't in the right place at the right time, then we aren't going to be able to get the best out of ourselves. So, I am going to work with you and challenge you to dig deeper into knowing yourself and implementing the things we work on so that you can put yourself in the best position to be successful. I will always be honest with you and though everything we do may not always feel comfortable, it will always be intentionally designed to help you grow and perform more optimally.
4. I know, because I have worked with so many different types of performances, that mental performance coaching can be used by anyone in any type of performance domain. So, whether you're an athlete who needs help performing better in clutch situations, a youth athlete who can learn not only how to perform better but more importantly learn skills and strategies that will help in all areas of life, a coach wanting help with creating an environment to get the best out of athletes in practice and competition, an exerciser who wants to stick with that new exercise program, a team/organization who needs to identify and implement a clear culture, a doctor/nurse who wants to learn ways to de-stress and harness focus for a long shift, a business CEO who wants to learn how to better lead employees and create more engagement in the workplace, a dancer who wants help with managing performance anxiety, or someone in any other performance context, you can expect that I will do what I need to in order to understand the role of psychology in your context so I can best help.
5. I'm not going to work with you on or have you implement anything I don't believe in or haven't used myself. Before I even knew what sport psychology was I was using imagery and other mental strategies, but I didn't know how to use them effectively. I'm not perfect and I won't expect you to be either, but I do practice what I preach; for example, I do mindfulness meditation every day, try to be more aware and in control of my inner voice, and practice gratitude daily.
6. Having said that, I know individual differences matter and I will make sure to help you find what works best for you.
What Do I Specialize In?
While I work with individuals and teams/organizations for a variety of aims, some of my areas of expertise and focus include:
♦ Performing under pressure -helping individuals and teams perform to potential and build resilience despite adversity/challenges/obstacles ♦ Psychology of injury - helping performers to navigate the psychological impact of dealing with an injury ♦ Team/organization culture - assisting with the development, implementation, maintenance, and continued growth of a dynamic that will facilitate more consistent optimal performance ♦ Leadership - learning what effective leadership really consists of and how to develop one's leadership capabilities and/or the leadership in a team/organization ♦ Female performance - a large part of my career has focused on assisting females and female teams perform to their full potential ♦ Transitions - assisting performers with navigating the inevitable career transitions inherent in performance