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Nate Penz

Athletic Counselor, Mental Performance Consultant

Specializations

Anxiety, Depression, Focus, Motivation, Injury Recovery, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Leadership

Certifications

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
Certified Mental Performance Consultant

Education

MA in Counseling Psychology – University of St. Thomas
BA in Psychology – St. Olaf College

Work Experience

Nate provides individual sport performance and mental health counseling to athletes of all ages and skill levels, including high-level collegiate and professional athletes.  He also leads workshop series for sports teams who strive to create a high-performing culture.  In addition, Nate plays an integral role in psychological profiling for NFL and NBA teams.  He evaluates draft prospects on their motivators, distress patterns, resilience, confidence, and character, and provides teams with coaching recommendations and mental skills training programs.  Nate’s sport and performance expertise extends into the business space, where he helps coach leadership teams of multimillion-dollar companies.

Background

Nate Penz, MA, LPCC, is a mental health professional specializing in sport and performance psychology. Nate uses a relational and collaborative approach while working with individuals of all ages. He strives to empower individuals and improve performance on and off the playing surface.

Nate is from Rochester, Minn., and earned his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Olaf College. During college, Nate provided individual quarterback lessons, instructing athletes on fundamentals while also teaching skills related to overcoming adversity, enhancing leadership, building focus, fostering teamwork, and developing a growth mindset. After completing his undergraduate degree, Nate attended the University of St. Thomas and earned his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. While in graduate school, Nate worked for a nonprofit organization where he planned, implemented, and managed recreational activities for individuals with developmental disabilities. After graduating, Nate worked as a generalist for an outpatient mental health clinic, where he treated a wide variety of mental health and performance concerns.

Nate’s theoretical orientation is integrative and rooted in person-centered theory. He utilizes various concepts and interventions from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), such as thought challenging and reframing, goal setting, and cultivating self-compassion.

Nate played football, basketball, baseball, and golf throughout high school. At St. Olaf College, he played quarterback and was a two-time team captain. In his free time, Nate enjoys spending time with his family and friends, learning new hobbies, and playing basketball, golf, and a variety of instruments such as the piano, drums, guitar, and ukulele.

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Founder, CEO

Assistant Training Director, Sport Psychologist

Sport Psychologist

Vice President of Clinical Services, Sport Psychologist

Director of Clinical Assessment, Sport Psychologist

Director of Clinical Training, Sport Psychologist

Sport Psychologist, Leadership Consultant

Sport Psychologist

Athletic Counselor, Mental Performance Consultant, Leadership Coach

Postdoctoral Resident

Postdoctoral Resident

Director of Youth Sports & Outreach, Athletic Counselor

Mental Performance Consultant

Mental Performance Consultant

Athletic Counselor

Athletic Counselor, Project Specialist

Hockey Performance Consultant

Advanced Doctoral Practicum Student

Postdoctoral Resident

President, Executive Leadership Consultant

Executive Director of Client Relations

Consultant

Leadership Advisor

Director of Operations

Research and Development Consultant

Human Resources Manager

Leadership Consultant, Project Specialist

Office Coordinator

Intake Specialist

Evening Receptionist

Intake Specialist

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