Mental Strength with Dr. Brook Choulet | Athlete Mindset Podcast on SportsE Media
Mental Strength with Dr. Brook Choulet | Athlete Mindset Podcast on SportsE Media

Mental Strength with Dr. Brook Choulet

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. 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.
  • Brook 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.
  • Dr. Choulet 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 care for athletes effectively.
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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 the 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.Connect with host, guest, and podcast production team:

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Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW | CEO & Founder of AthMindset® 

  • Specializes in athlete mental health, covering clinical and performance aspects for a wide range of clients, including elite youth, collegiate athletes, Olympians, professionals, and sports teams.
  • Serves as the first-ever Mental Performance Coach for the Oakland Roots Sports Club, collaborating with the Technical Team and Sports Medicine staff.
  • Listed in prestigious directories including the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Mental Health Registry, NFL Player Association’s Clinician Directory, and Major League Rugby Mental Health and Wellness Directory.
  • Founded AthMindset®, offering athlete-centered mental health services with a team of licensed clinicians and consultants across several states.
  • Host of the Athlete Mindset Podcast and co-host of Roots Radio; a frequent keynote and TEDx speaker with national and international engagements.
  • Quoted in major publications like Time Magazine, Teen Vogue, and Women’s Health Magazine; featured on BBC World News and Radio Bliss in Jordan.
  • Author of “The AthMindset® Workbook: Training your mind for optimal mental health in sport and in life.”
  • Holds a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work and an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
  • Proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.