Sara Gilman, PsyD, MFT, has spent the last 35 years working in the areas of traumatic stress, addictions, and peak performance. As co-founder and president of Coherence Associates, a professional counseling firm located in San Diego County, California, Dr. Gilman holds a doctorate in Psychology with a certification in Sports Psychology and has been awarded Fellowship status with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. She is EMDR Trained and certified since 1994, an EMDRIA approved consultant, past President of EMDRIA’s Board of Directors and a contributing author in three books regarding utilizing EMDR Therapy with First Responders.
As a passionate recreational athlete, Sara holds a first-degree black belt and has completed a Half-Ironman triathlon as well as numerous 100-mile cycling events. She brings her joy and passion for athletics into her work with performers including elite level triathletes, martial artists, Olympic gymnasts and equestrians, college and professional baseball players, professional football players, and nationally ranked weight lifters. Her genuine spirit, dedication, and passion is recognized throughout the country for her work with elite performers of all types.
Jennie Carlestav, LMFT
Jennie Carlestav is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA, with over 20 years of experience in treating Children and Teens. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDR Consultant in Training. Her private practice specializes in comprehensive treatment in Childhood Developmental Trauma, Depression, Teen Substance Abuse, and Sports Peak Performance. Jennie uses EMDR Peak Performance and HeartMath interventions to achieve optimal psychological health for these young elite athletes with the sustainable goal of keeping them in the sport that they love.
Heather Lofink, LMHP
Heather Lofink is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Saratoga Springs, NY. She owns a private practice as well as her company, MindBody Fusion, where she focuses on mental health training for athletes. Heather is EMDR trained, DBT certified, and HeartMath certified, and obtained a certificate in Sports Psychology. She uses a combination of these interventions with both clinical clients and athletes alike.
Emily Payette, PsyD
Dr. Emily Payette is a clinical psychologist and works for the San Francisco Giants where she is responsible for both on and off the field mental health needs and performance enhancement of players and staff. In her role, Dr. Payette travels to each of the minor league affiliates several times throughout the season. She was trained in child and family psychology and gained specializations in working with eating disorders, trauma, and sports performance after licensure. Additionally, she is EMDR, Brainspotting, and Heartmath trained. Dr. Emily is passionate about advocating for mental health and well being in sports.
Christian Sarran, LPC
Mr. Christian Sarran is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of Sarran Counseling, PLLC in Tyler, Texas. Christian works with children, adolescents, and adults suffering from complex trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, and issues related to sports performance. Christian primarily utilizes EMDR therapy and HeartMath interventions, along with biofeedback to work with his clients. Christian is a former collegiate athlete, competing on the men’s golf team at LeTourneau University, earning All-Conference honors twice as well as earning one individual tournament victory. He brings his life experience and his passion for sports performance into his work with athletes.
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