Our Mission

Head Games Consulting was founded on the mission and passion to provide support and enhance performance by teaching and implementing mental skills that are essential to a performer's success. 

At Head Games Consulting we aim to meet the client's needs by creating a supportive environment that provides them with the necessary tools to thrive not only as athletes, but most importantly as individuals. We believe in implementing mental skills to build upon strengths and enhance areas in need of improvement to reach optimal performance via the mind-body connection. By using research-based techniques, we aim to empower individuals to grow mentally through self-awareness and deliberate practice of mental skills.

Our team

Coach Ally Claytor, M.s.

Mental Performance Coach/Founder

Ally received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Berry College where she also played varsity softball. She then obtained a Master’s in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Georgia Southern University. In her time at Georgia Southern, Ally worked with multiple athletic teams and several individuals from various athletic teams on mental skills training. Before opening Head Games Consulting, Ally was the staff mental performance coach at a boarding school geared towards females working towards their goals of playing collegiate and/or professional golf. Ally’s style includes person-centered therapy mixed with tenants of Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Acceptance Commitment Theory. Ally specializes in collegiate and high school athletes, mental performance in sport, performance anxiety, sport injury, sport transitions, and mindfulness. In her free time, Ally enjoys being outdoors, hiking, and reading a good novel. Additionally, Ally loves spending time with her pets: Izzy, Liam, and Kya

Education:

  • B.S. Psychology, Berry College

  • M.S. Sport and Exercise Psychology, Georgia Southern University

Certifications:

Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC)

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Coach Michelle wirbiezcas, M.S.

Mental Performance Coach

Michelle received her B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University with a minor in Child Development. She then attended Georgia Southern University where she obtained her M.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Michelle has both research and applied experience in the field of sport, performance, and exercise psychology. As a part of her applied experience, she has worked as a mental performance consultant with various populations including collegiate, professional and youth athletes, athletes with disabilities and various military personnel. Her consulting philosophy centers around Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a way to help individuals reach optimal performance via the mind-body connection. Michelle is bilingual and therefore conducts sessions in both English and Spanish. A few of her areas of specialization are imagery, self-confidence, emotion regulation, and mindfulness. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, basketball, and being a beach bum.

Education:

  • B.S. Psychology, Florida State University

  • M.S. Sport and Exercise Psychology, Georgia Southern University

Certifications:

Michelle is working towards her certification to be a Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC) and is expected to complete her certification requirements in 2022

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Coach Marius
Johnson

Mental Performance Coach

Marius earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology (B.S.) and a minor in Fitness Training from the University of Central Florida. He then went on to receive Master's degree at Georgia Southern University in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Marius has applied experience with teams and individual athletes of various sports, levels, and ages (ranging from high school to professional development). His research interests in sport psychology are peak/optimum performance, performance enhancement strategies, impact of optimism on return from injury, and team dynamics. His consulting philosophy utilizes tenets from person-centered, cognitive, and solution-focused therapies to mentally prepare athletes and clients for effective performance. Marius enjoys exercising, watching and playing sports, and watching films in his free time.

Education:

  • B.S. Psychology with a Minor in Fitness Training, University of Central Florida

  • M.S. Sport and Exercise Psychology, Georgia Southern University

    • Expected graduation May 2022​

Certifications:

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Marius is working towards his certification to be a Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC) and is expected to complete his certification requirements in 2023

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Coach paula
castro, M.S.

Mental Performance Coach

Paula Castro is a Mental Performance Coach born and raised in Ecuador. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Emory University, where she played varsity tennis. She then went on to complete her Masters of Science degree in Sport Science with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She has experience working with athletes from over 10 sports, ranging from ages 10-60 years old. She has worked with different levels from amateur leagues to college and Olympic trial level athletes. Paula has many athletic accomplishments herself- playing D1 and D3 collegiate tennis and won DIII National Championship in 2017. Paula is bilingual and therefore conducts sessions in both English and Spanish. 

Education:

  • B.A. Psychology, Emory University

  • M.S. Sport and Exercise Psychology, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Certifications:

Paula is working towards her certification to be a Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC) and is expected to complete her certification requirements in 2022

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Coach Lena Charalambous, M.S.

Mental Performance Coach

Lena earned her Bachelor’s degree in Family & Child Sciences and Psychology from Florida State University, and played on the women’s club lacrosse team. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Georgia Southern University. Lena has both research and applied experience in the field of sport psychology. Her current sport psychology research interests include the role athlete activism in sport, perfectionism in athletes, and team dynamics. Lena’s consulting philosophy is a person-centered approach, with an emphasis on mindfulness-based interventions. Lena has experience working with multiple populations and age groups. She is the main point of contact for the Research Triangle in North Carolina and is currently accepting new clients. Fun facts about Lena: she enjoys spending time at the beach, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her dog, Billie. 

Education:

  • B.S. Family & Child Sciences and Psychology, Florida State University 

  • M.S. Sport and Exercise Psychology, Georgia Southern University

Certifications:

Lena is working towards her certification to be a Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC) 

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