Welcome! I am Sabrina and I appreciate you taking the time to learn about me. My journey to Sport Psychology started when I started Martial Arts, I was 12 years old and I fell in love immediately. As a kid, I participated in different sports, but nothing stuck with me like Martial Arts. I started competing and regularly placing in regional, state, and national competitions as a gold belt. The discipline and patience that came with this sport was what hooked me. It didn't matter how good I was, there was a process to advance and there was always room to improve. When I earned my black belt I became an instructor. Here's where my spark for the psychology of sport kicked in. I always looked for ways to get my students mentally stronger. Challenge them physically but help them get through it mentally.
As much of a physical challenge as this sport was, it was a bigger mental challenge. I was able to experience the challenges of returning from an injury, the kind of dedication it takes if you want to be successful, the challenges of becoming complacent as an athlete, the way your self-talk can hinder your performance, the difficulty of letting things go and the frustrations you face when things are out of your control.
Education & Experience
I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Florida International University and my Master's Degree in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology from Barry University. I have experience working alongside athletes with various experience levels. During Graduate school I worked with individual youth athletes, high school teams, and collegiate athletes. After graduating I worked as a Mental Skills Coach for a professional baseball team in their Class-A advanced team in the Florida State League. I later moved to work with U.S. Army soldiers as a Performance Expert. I am currently working towards my Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology.