“I went through some of the exercises you gave me (the acupressure). I mainly focused on my problem of tensing up before my jumps. When I skated later that night, I was completely relaxed…I was not tense about them (jumps) at all. I didn’t think about them ahead of time like I usually do.”

—S.S., figure skater

Somerville’s Welling Coaching  can help athletes, artists, and everyone else in areas such as:

  • Performance anxiety
  • Clarifying goals
  • Identifying and addressing obstacles to achieving goals
  • Creative blocks
  • Improving relationships
  • Job and career
  • Motivation
  • Confidence
  • Follow-through
  • Slumps
  • Taking next steps

Coaching is a collaborative relationship in which we work together to help you achieve your sport, creative, career, or other life goals. It differs from counseling in that we are not addressing a mental health diagnosis, and tends to be focused on some sort of achievement.

Relaxation techniques include deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and visualization.

Self-administered acupressure is easily learned and can reduce performance anxiety—as well as help with managing and clearing away frustration, lack of confidence, and other emotions and thoughts that interfere with performance, creativity, and taking next steps.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is used for relaxation, visualization, and for addressing past events that interfere with current creativity and performance. EMDR seems to help the brain process differently and more efficiently than thinking and talking do. Research shows that EMDR can produce rapid change. In the visualization portion of EMDR you will create your own visualization for succeeding in a creative or performance challenge.

Identifying and defusing negative thought patterns (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/CBT) is accomplished through a simple process. You will learn to recognize and label negative thought patterns and then to develop positive, accurate, and helpful responses.


Individual consultation: $150 per hour.

Fees may be discounted according to ability to pay.

I offer student rates.

Workshops: Fees negotiated.

Could coaching enable you to make that big decision or reach your goals? Contact me to schedule a complimentary 30-minute coaching consultation to find out.