Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE)

An evidence-based program to help athletes reach peak performance

  • How often do you hear your child’s coach say things like, “focus, get your head in the game, calm down, or breathe?”
  • What has your coach done to teach your child how to do these things?
  • With up to 90% of the game being mental, and no instructions given on how to do this, you can only imagine how confusing this is for your child.
  • There are hundreds of clinical articles on mindfulness in sports, and hundreds of collegiate and professional teams and athletes that use mindfulness for sports performance enhancement.


This program is for your athlete if:

  • They struggle with athletic performance
  • They experience anxiety, nervousness, or worry before or during athletic events
  • They would like to gain confidence, enjoy their sport more, and play at their peak


 Program Details:

  • Includes athletes from all sports, divided into sections by age
  • Training will be held primarily in-person and outside, location is flexible
  • Classes include education, experiential mindfulness exercises, and discussion, as well as recommendations for home practice
  • Groups will meet on a weekday evening, day and time to be determined
  • Cost is $45 per hour-long class, discounts for multiple athletes enrolling together
  • Led by Laura Chackes, Psy.D., a trained MSPE instructor, and Elizabeth Ernest, LMSW, S-MFT, a collegiate athlete and therapist at The Center for Mindfulness & CBT
  • For more information, email Elizabeth@mindfulstl.com, call 812-454-6913, or click “Register” below.
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Find your flow.

$45 per hour long class

Led By

Laura Chackes, Psy.D, licensed psychologist and owner of The Center for Mindfulness & CBT, is a trained MSPE instructor. Dr. Chackes teaches mindfulness courses to children, teens, and adults, and recently received specialized training in this mindfulness training for athletes.

Elizabeth Ernest, LMSW, S-MFT, is a former college athlete and a current therapist at The Center for Mindfulness & CBT. Elizabeth works primarily with children, teens, and families, and has a special interest in working with young athletes.

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Week night to be determined

now offering video therapy sessions

It's more important than ever to take care of your mental health, so all of our therapists are doing Telehealth and many have immediate openings for new clients.