Athlete Mindset

In this episode of Athlete Mindset, Lisa shares space with Dr. Brook Choulet, a renowned concierge psychiatrist specializing in sports psychiatry. With a passionate commitment to enhancing the mental health and performance of athletes and high achievers, Dr. Choulet shares her unique approach to psychiatry, her journey into the specialized field of sports psychiatry, and valuable advice for athletes navigating mental health challenges.

This is the Athlete Mindset podcast. And it’s all about mental health in sports. Presented and produced as part of the podcast network by SportsE Media.

Key Points Discussed:
  • An introduction to Dr. Choulet’s extensive experience in psychiatry, including her roles with the NBA and WNBA, and her focus on performance psychiatry for athletes and professionals
  • Dr. Brook Choulet clarifies common misconceptions about psychiatry and discusses the critical difference between psychotherapy and psychiatry in treating athletes.
  • The importance of teamwork between psychotherapists and psychiatrists in providing comprehensive care for athletes, including how they can complement each other’s work.
  • Addressing athletes' fears about medication, dependency, and side effects, and the importance of personalized care and monitoring.
  • Dr. Choulet outlines her concierge psychiatry model, emphasizing accessibility and tailored care without the constraints of traditional psychiatric services.
  • Founding the American Board of Sports and Performance Psychiatry: The motivation behind establishing a standardized certification for sports psychiatrists to ensure athletes have access to specialized, ethical care.
  • Brook shares her entrepreneurial journey in psychiatry, highlighting the challenges and rewards of starting her practice and her vision for providing exceptional patient-centered care.
  • The significance of maintaining a healthy balance between professional and personal life for mental health professionals and their ability to effectively care for athletes.
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About Dr. Brook Choulet:

Meet Dr. Brook Choulet, The Performance Psychiatrist -- renowned for her exceptional concierge psychiatry services tailored to high-achievers in demanding roles, including professionals, elite athletes, and artists. Dr. Choulet is dedicated to enhancing mental health and optimizing performance through personalized care. Her unique approach includes in-home and on-site visits, ensuring utmost discretion and convenience for her patients.

With specialized training in sports psychiatry, Dr. Choulet has served notable roles with the NBA's Phoenix Suns and WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, earning her recognition as a trusted mental health clinician. Her commitment to excellence has been acknowledged with awards such as Best Psychiatrist by AZ Foothills Magazine and Top Doc in Psychiatry by Phoenix Magazine.

Dr. Choulet's mission is to help her patients excel in all life areas by providing direct, accessible, and evidence-based care tailored to each individual's needs.

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Creators & Guests

Lisa Bonta Sumii
Athlete Mental Health & Performance| Oakland Roots SC|CEO & Founder of AthMindset®|Published Author|Pro Podcaster & Guest|Speaker: Tedx, Keynote, International|Listed -NFLPA Directory, USOPC Registry, MLR Directory
SportsE Media is a digital sports media brand & production co for executives & entrepreneurs engaged in sports.

What is Athlete Mindset?

This is the Athlete Mindset podcast. Presented and produced by SportsEpreneur. Part of the KazSource Podcast Network.
And this podcast is all about mental health in sports.

This podcast series is a space for conversations with athletes, coaches, practitioners, and stakeholders in sports. And it’s where those individuals share their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts on mental health in sports.

Hosted by Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

Eric Kasimov, Founder of KazSource and the creator of SportsE Media, is generously hosting the Athlete Mindset podcast on his platform as he deeply believes these conversations are essential and deserve to be prioritized.

If you are looking to start a podcast or create original content, you have to talk with the team at SportsE Media. I work with them and I vouch for them. It’s that simple.

About Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

Lisa is a mental health therapist with over 21 years of clinical experience, licensed in both CA and NV. She is a private practice clinician and the CEO and Founder of AthMindset, LLC.

Lisa supports the elite athlete to achieve optimal mental health and peak mental sport performance. She works with adolescent sport teams, collegiate student-athletes, Olympians/Olympic hopefuls, as well as professional athletes and teams.

Lisa is the first-ever Mental Health & Sport Performance Specialist for the Oakland Roots Sports Club. The Roots are a men’s professional soccer team and purpose-driven club. Seeing the elite athlete as a multidimensional human, navigating various roles and identities, is integral to Lisa’s approach. Focusing on the role that interpersonal trauma, culture, race, gender, and sexual orientation play as the athlete navigates life on and off the field, is at the center of her work.

Lisa is listed in the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Mental Health Registry and the National Football League Player Association’s Clinician Directory.

Lisa is often an invited podcast guest and conference speaker. Besides hosting the Athlete Mindset podcast on the SportsE+ podcast platform. She spoke at TEDxWilmington on the intersection of race, mental health, and sport.

She has been featured in Time Magazine, Teen Vogue, BBC World News, and Women’s Health Magazine.
AthMindset, LLC, supports the mental health of the elite athlete and their ecosystem. This includes serving the spouses/partners, family members, coaches, teams, referees/umpires, agents, and athletic trainers, with clinical services and sport performance consultation.

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