The topic of confidence always seems to surface when taking with other sports parents. How can my athlete be more confident…what about when my athlete loses confidence?


But are we even asking the right questions or is there something else we should be asking?


In today’s huddle, I talk with Kathy Feinstein, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Sports Performance Consultant, about mental health and mental performance, both for our athlete and for ourselves. She gives us very practical ways to increase our own awareness and to help our athlete increase their awareness, too.


Kathy and I discuss…


  • Who she is, what she does and why she does it.


  • How her daughter’s sports performance anxiety (and the lack of resources available) sparked her interest in sport’s psychology.


  • Why self-reflection is the first place for us to start so we can be our best for our athlete.


  • What is a fixed mindset vs a growth mindset?


  • How should we praise our athlete?


  • How do athletes develop confidence?


  • What three questions are important to ask our athlete to help them with confidence?


  • Why is it important for our athletes to see us fail?


  • How her podcast (Season 5) will be a deeper dive into solutions for mental performance.




Meet Kathy A. Feinstein


Kathy Feinstein is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Sport Performance Consultant (CMPC). Since 1998 her unique practice has empowered adolescents, adults, couples, families, and teams to achieve greater satisfaction in sport, health, and life.


Kathy’s practice focuses on the 3 key areas: counseling, sports performance psychology and education through seminars and workshops. Kathy works with youth, high school, collegiate, adult amateur and professional athletes in such sports as golf, tennis, hockey, volleyball, basketball, figure skating, cheerleading, track and field, swimming and cycling. In addition to sport and exercise psychology consulting, she also offers team and coach consulting.


She has a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, relationship issues, parenting, medical/health issues, and pediatric obesity. She is certified by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Kathy is also an accomplished speaker and offers specialized and interactive workshops and seminars regularly.







If you have a question about today’s episode (or want to ask a question of your own for the podcast), you can email me at or head on over to the  Sports Moms United Facebook Community