For a major portion of my life, I was an athlete.
When I was a little girl, I loved playing basketball. It was a way for me to embrace my tall height, a trait I was very self-conscious of, and use it to my advantage in many sports, especially basketball. My favorite thing to do on the court was delivering a great assist to one of my teammates.
I have always been passionate about helping others get in a position to succeed.
Through hard work and determination, I achieved my dream goal and received a Division I scholarship to play basketball. But once I got there, I fell flat on my face—both physically and mentally. I had to learn how to change my mindset and adapt in order to take advantage of my first generation college education. Getting outside of my comfort zone required discomfort and throughout the process, I earned most improved player.
I became curious with the underlying mechanisms behind the mind-body connection and tailored my undergrad studies toward psychology and communication. I furthered this exploration by pursuing advanced degrees in mental health counseling and learned how the power of human connection can facilitate transformation. As I furthered my education, I coached different levels of basketball and loved helping my players gain confidence in themselves on and off the floor.
I was determined to turn my passions into a career.
I took my experiences and molded them together to become a professional listener and facilitator of transformation through human connection. I am a licensed mental health counselor in Indiana and certified telehealth provider in Florida with a private practice specializing in sport and performance psychology. I find meaning and purpose in helping athletes, business professionals, and performing artists navigate through struggles that are impacting performance.
My unique experiences have allowed me to continue to do what I love—assist others.
I believe everyone deserves a chance to chase their dreams. It’s my job to provide you with tools to help you believe in yourself so you can succeed.
Elizabeth Cress, Ed.S., M.S.Ed., LMHC
Sport & Performance Psychology Specialist