Athletes of all levels (high school, college and professional) face unique stressors that can pile up to create mental health issues- stressors like concern about injuries, body image and body functioning concerns, difficulties navigating relationship with food, work-life balance, performance pressure, scrutiny from coaches, scrutiny or pressure from family and friends, time commitments that leave little room for other parts of life, and race and sociocultural factors.
Despite these various pressures, athletes are less likely to seek out mental health support than their peers. At Wildflower Therapy, we want you to know that you do not have to go it alone. We have helped many athletes navigate mental health issues. Some of us are even collegiate-level athletes ourselves! (Ok one of us- Sam, our resident athlete expert, was a rower in college)
We have a huge amount of experience helping athletes who also have eating disorders. We recognize that the challenges of recovery from an eating disorder can be different for athletes- and we respect these differences. We know how difficult an eating disorder can make your life as an athlete-how struggling in secrecy with food, and feeling obsessed with weight can create a mounting, simmering pressure cooker experience that can suck the joy right out of your sport. We can work with you and do our best to meet you where you are. In some cases, we can work with you to move towards eating disorder recovery without interruption of your training. In other cases, athletes can benefit from time off. We understand this can be difficult, and can work with you to help ensure that you keep your athlete identity, and that you are able to one day return to your sport should you wish to do so. We are here to support whatever path feels best for you right now. We have partnered with coaches in the past, and collaborate with dietitians who also specialize in working with athletes. We truly understand and can tailor treatment to the unique challenges, requirements and demands of competitive sports
We have also worked with athletes around concerns that are unrelated to eating or body image. Some examples of these concerns are listed below:
-General stress related to scheduling or the lifestyle
-Identity outside of your sport
Asking for help does not make you weak. We are here to support you!
How Can Wildflower Therapy Help You?
If you find yourself struggling, we would be honored to help you address those needs. Our therapists in Pennsylvania are available to help you virtually or in-person. Below are some steps to follow if you feel overwhelmed and would like to ask for help:
Step One: Read our Statement of Beliefs to get a better understanding of who we are and what we stand for!
Step Two: We encourage you to get to a little bit about our therapists, their specializations, and credentials. Get to know them here.
Step Three: If you feel like we would be a good fit for you, please reach out to us to set up a free 30-minute consultation. You can reach us via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, 215-668-9356. We are conveniently located at 110 S. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. We look forward to hearing from you!
Step Four: Begin your journey to self-healing and understanding!