Ellen Murphy, LCSW
(703) 281-9671
Performance Enhancement Coaching and Consulting

Athletes, Business Professionals, Musicians, Dancers, Actors

High functioning individuals in business, performing and creative arts and sports can suffer the setbacks from situations that challenge their conventional positive thinking and result in less than successful outcomes.  Mental and emotional barriers can get in the way and prevent optimum performance.  Some of these include the following: 

Through performance enhancement coaching these barriers can be recognized, identified and worked through so that your natural talent, skills and strategies can again be realized and performance improved.

As a former college volleyball player and corporate business professional, Ellen understands the performance rigors and expectations of these highly competitive environments and can help you navigate your way through the challenges.  In addition to her private practice she currently coaches girls’ club volleyball in the Northern Virginia area.

On top of to ten years of clinical experience, she has extensive post-graduate training in mind-body treatment modalities including Guided Imagery/Visualization, Mindfulness, Meditation, Hypnosis, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gestalt Psychotherapy, Somatic Imagery/Ego State Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Conflict Resolution & Mediation, and Cognitive-behavioral techniques. She incorporates the most recent evidence-based neurobiology research to educate clients and provide a foundation for improvement.  Simply put, Ellen‘s work combines the latest in brain science research with mind-body awareness training using industry-specific applications for individuals, coaches, organizational leadership, parents and teams.

Mental Game Training Topics:  available presentations that can be tailored to fit your group or team needs 

For Athletes:

•​This is your Brain on Sports: The Neurobiology of Championship Play
• Managing Tryout Stress, Success and Disappointment
• Becoming Your Best Self and Teammate this Club Volleyball Season
• Positive Performance in the Midst of Adversity: Building Mental Strength, Flexibility and Resilience
• Using Visualization to Maximize Athletic Performance
• Silencing the Inner Critic: Working through Self-doubt and Negative Thinking 
• Shifting the Inner Saboteur: Managing Fear and Destructive Emotions 
• Relaxation Methods for High-Pressure Situations: Improving Self-Control
• Bring our A-Game to the Moment: Training the Mind to Improve Attention, Focus, and Concentration

For Parents:

• ​Managing Tryout Stress, Success and Disappointment
• Ways to Empower your Child for Club Volleyball Success and Beyond

​For Coaches and Club Leadership:

• ​Getting Off on the Right Foot in Managing the Season
• Managing Individual and Team Dynamics this Club Season
• Positive Volleyball Coaching

Ellen Murphy
Performance Coaching