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Mitchell Greene, Ph.D.
Dr. Mitchell Greene is a leading licensed clinical and sport psychologist, whose success over the past 15 plus years is his ability to tailor personalized solutions to his client’s problems. Dr. Greene works primarily with athletes pursuing high performance goals, or coaches and athletic departments looking to educate their student-athletes on mental health and performance enhancement strategies.
Typical clients are either college (or college-bound) student-athletes or elite or pro level competitors.
The most common areas of concern:
o Lapses in Confidence
o Mental Setbacks from Injury
o Sub-Par Performances in Games/Tournaments
o Difficulty Setting and Meeting Goals
o Problems Sustaining a Competitive Mindset
o Anxiety and Other Mental Health Issues
o Reacting Negatively to Mistakes
o Player-Coach Communication Concerns
Dr. Greene also provides workshops for teams and coaches on peak performance strategies and mental health awareness.
Sports coaches and teams appreciate Dr. Greene’s ability to make specific, practical suggestions to improve communication, build self-awareness, and establish goal-focused practice and game-day habits.
Examples of workshop topics include:
o Building a Culture of Unity
o Maximizing Practice to Learn and Grow
o Setting Goals to Improve Focus and Performance
o The Keys to Managing Mind Chatter
o Why Confidence is Overrated
To see recent workshops, please visit the workshops page of the website.
BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION:
Dr. Greene is an Adjunct Instructor in Temple University’s College of Public Health, a contributing columnist for USA Triathlon, and the sport psychology consultant to several athletic departments, endurance coaches and national race series. The breadth of Dr. Greene’s clinical expertise and the energy and focus he brings to his relationships with athletes, coaches and teams makes Dr. Greene perfectly suited to advise and support his clients as they strive (and help others strive) to reach their personal best.
Dr. Greene’s articles, book chapters, blog posts, podcasts, workshops and presentations have reached audiences from a wide range of sports, including basketball, squash, lacrosse, softball, tennis, football, figure skating, fencing, gymnastics, triathlon, track, and cross country.
Dr. Greene is married with three children and received his undergraduate degree in psychology and human resources management from Boston College, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. Dr. Greene also spent an additional fellowship year at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, specializing in family therapy.
Dr. Greene is very active in endurance sports, such as marathon running, triathlons and adventure racing.
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Student Athlete Mentor Training Series for select Division 1 team leaders:
• “How to Be a Mindfulness Facilitator for your Mentee’s”
• “Being Aware of the Differences Between Being a Captain and Being a Mentor”
• “Understanding Your Role – How to Identify and Set Boundaries with Mentee’s”
Aaron Sterba, Ph.D.
As a member of Greenepsych’s team, and as a licensed psychologist, Dr. Sterba provides both clinical and sport psychology support to clients. For much of the last decade, Dr. Sterba has worked at an NCAA Division I program, where he has provided the clinical, peak performance, and leadership development services offered to student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Dr. Sterba has a first-hand knowledge of what it takes to perform in high pressure environments, and is passionate about teaching mental skills to individuals, teams, and groups.
In addition to his extensive collegiate experience, Dr. Sterba has worked with individuals and teams at the professional, Olympic, elite high school, and recreational levels. Athletes and other performers seek out Dr. Sterba for both his ability to understand the challenges of performing under pressure as well as his advice on how to take one’s performance to the next level.
Dr. Sterba also has over a decade’s worth of experience working with students in several university counseling centers. Dr. Sterba brings a personable, engaging, and real world approach to his therapy work, which is relational and strengths based. His therapeutic approach integrates interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness techniques.
Dr. Sterba received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Delaware, completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis. He completed his doctoral internship training at the University of New Hampshire Counseling Center. Since completing his internship at UNH in 2007, Dr. Sterba has been employed at Lehigh University’s Counseling Center, where he currently serves as the Clinical Director. In addition to providing therapy (group, couples, and individual), training, and supervision within the counseling center, Dr. Sterba plays an integral role in the greater university system and the Division of Student Affairs. Within the university, he is a leader in addressing, managing, advising and consulting with faculty, staff, parents, students, and administrators regarding the mental health needs of the campus community.
Dr. Sterba makes his home in Bryn Mawr PA, where he is married with two children. Personally, he has always been immersed in the world of athletics, competing in many different sports. During high school he was a four year varsity tennis and ice hockey player (where he was a team captain and an Eastern PA 1st team all-star). He continued on as a four year varsity collegiate ice hockey player, and you can occasionally still find him out in one of the local men’s leagues. Dr. Sterba has maintained a recreational interest in a number of sports and is always looking to sneak out on the golf course for a quick 9 or 18. However, these days you will more commonly catch him out at one of the youth athletic venues nearby, where he takes the role of a devoted and supportive fan. One of his greatest joys in life is cheering on his children, as they are both active participants.
To make an appointment or to simply hear more about the types of clinical and sport psychology services Dr. Sterba can provide, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 484-380-5520.
Nina has joined Greenepsych as a counselor and mindfulness coach. As a lifelong athlete and NCAA competitor, Nina first came to mindful practices after suffering a career-ending injury during her freshman year of college. It was during this difficult transition that she found the practices of yoga and meditation could help heal her mind, body and spirit.
Nina’s own experiences have armed her with tools to inspire others to live their most optimal lives. Nina’s focus at Greenepsych is to help guide athletes and non-athletes towards a more fulfilling lifestyle of present moment awareness, balance, and empowerment. She does this through teaching mindfulness meditation, in both one-on-one and group settings.
Nina has served as a mental skills coach for athletes on Haverford College’s Field Hockey team and speaks regularly to a number of local cross country and track teams on present focus awareness and quieting the mind.
Nina is currently working toward her LPC as she pursues her Masters degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology at La Salle University. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Widener University, is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Meditation Teacher, Certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and has completed Master Class Levels I & II with NY Bestselling Author, Gabrielle Bernstein.
To reach Nina and schedule an appointment, please call her directly at 610-405-5456.
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Dan Cohn, M.S.
Dan Cohn is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at La Salle University. Dan received his master’s degree in kinesiology from Temple University. As part of his master’s work, Dan specialized in sport psychology. Dan has worked with several athletic teams including Friends’ Central Varsity Women’s Tennis Team, the Friends Central Varsity Men’s Basketball team, the University of Delaware Women’s Track and Field team, and the Barbell Bullies competitive weightlifting team. Dan has also provided individual and small group mental skills training for many athletes, and served as the mental skills trainer for junior tennis players at Merion Cricket Club. Dan’s research interests within the field include performance under pressure, teaching players how to perform in the “clutch,” and mindfulness. Dan’s training in mindfulness includes his own personal practice of mindfulness as well as teaching the skills of relaxation and awareness to athletes and teams.
Some of the workshops Dan provides for athletes include a focus on:
• Focus training
• Mindfulness in sport
• Performing under pressure
• Managing Competition Stress/Anxiety
• Performance routines
In his spare time, Dan enjoys playing basketball and tennis, supporting the Phillies, Eagles, and 76ers, and spending time with family and friends.
Dan can be reached by e-mail or by phone at 908-246-2356.
Becky joined Dr. Greene in 2015 as his Office Manager handling scheduling and billing.
Becky received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Pennsylvania State University. Her career in customer service and office administration began at a Fortune 500 company, where she was promoted to Director of Service & Administration. After a brief hiatus as a stay-at-home mom she is happy to be back in a customer service role now with Greenepsych.
Becky spends her free time reading, rucking, hiking or biking with her husband and two children.
For scheduling or billing questions, please email Becky at email@example.com.