Katie Pagel (Mental Performance Only)
Role: Director of Mental Performance
Licenses: M.A. Sport & Performance Psychology, Certified Mental Performance Consultant
Experience: 4+ years
Originally from Vancouver, WA, Katie earned her B.S. in Health & Disease Biology from Purdue University. After graduation, she worked as a rehabilitation technician at a physical therapy clinic outside of Seattle. While there, she realized that while an exhaustive team of doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists, strength coaches, and acupuncturists tended to the performers’ bodies, nobody was tending to their minds. Given how often she talked with her patients about fear, confidence, anxiety, motivation, and the like, she knew she wanted to fill this gap. Armed with a newfound sense of purpose, Katie returned to school and earned her Master’s Degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver. Upon the completion of her degree, Katie opened up a Sport Psychology private practice, Strive Performance. In addition to her current role as Director of Mental Performance for CRYSC, Katie has maintained her private practice through which she works with performers of all ages and skill levels, from youth recreational to Division I collegiate and professional athletes looking to strengthen their mental game. She has also attained her Certified Mental Performance Consultant, as designated by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, to better serve the athletes and community members she works with.
Approach to Personal Training
Katie recognizes that optimal learning and performance requires more than training an athlete’s body and craft; for those who want to enjoy and maintain their journey with the game, devoting time to training the mind is often equally as crucial. Within her 1:1 work, Katie believes in collaborating with her clients – no matter their age – to cultivate the mental skills suited to their unique needs, interests, and growth areas. Katie’ person-centered, solution-focused work is driven by honesty, curiosity, and compassion, and ultimately directed toward equipping athletes to autonomously manage the individualized challenges they will face within the larger systems of which they are a part.