Chicago's Leading


Mental Health Expert

for Athletes and Coaches

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You are not like everyone else. You train every day, week after week. You understand the importance of sacrificing to reach your goal. You have the discipline to do what is necessary. And you have the respect and admiration of those around you. Who would believe that you need help in your life to overcome obstacles?

Seeking help is ALWAYS a sign of strength. Being an athlete does not make you immune to the stress, sadness, and anxiety that are a part of your life. You know that desire and effort are not enough. You need technique. You need a plan. You need a coach to teach you, guide you, and help you measure your progress. Let me help you get off the bench and let’s begin the journey..

Natalie Graves, AM, LCSW

I am an expert in mental health for athletes. I understand the unique problems you are facing and the unique world in which you live. I am here as a nonjudgmental guide to help you navigate through problems in your life..

Together, we will develop and implement real solutions to help you remove the problems so you can quit stumbling over them and start enjoying the game of life. I am ready to be a part of your team. Contact me now. It’s time to start.


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Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Have you done well in practice and then did not perform during the game or you were so nervous it effected your performance? Or do you have thoughts rushing in your head? Do you have negative thoughts about your sports performance. Maybe you now dread the sport you use to love. Athletes face anxiety every time….. read more


Have you had a concussion?

A concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a hit, blow or jolt to the head. This impact interrupts the functioning of the brain. In a given year there are reports of over a million brain injuries in the United States. Concussions can be mild or severe. Athletes can recover from concussions within weeks but …read more


What is Depression?

We all feel down from time to time. We all experience sadness. Life not going according to plan, financial problems, loss, illness and bereavement are all common causes of sadness. Usually these feelings pass and we go on about our normal lives.But depression goes beyond temporary feelings of sadness or feeling blue. Depression lasts longer than a couple of weeks and it interferes with functioning in daily life….. read more