Athlete Wellbeing

Athletes are limited by unknown factors which prevent them from performing at their best. While athletes spend countless hours improving their physical fitness, many overlook their behavioural patterns. 

ATHLETE IQ’s social scientist and counsellor, Giusi Silvestri and her team, have extensive experience in unblocking factors which hinder development and performance. Our clients are trained to develop new patterns of thinking which increase their ability to deal with pressure as well as overall performance.


The ATHLETE IQ wellbeing program builds resilience; a crucial weapon in maximising performance. The program is designed to help each athlete recognise and overcome mental blocks, defeat self-sabotage, and better cope with stress. Specific areas of counselling include:

  • General mental health & wellbeing
  • Panic Attacks/Anxiety/Phobias
  • Self Confidence, Self esteem
  • Stress optimisation and management
  • Negativity
  • Performance enhancement
  • Depression
  • Habit formation
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Relationships
  • Trauma and grief


Online video conference

Via Skype or Zoom
  • 120-minute session
  • 90-minute session
  • 60-minute session
  • 30-minute session

Adelaide Office

Located in Norwood, South Australia
  • 120-minute session
  • 90-minute session
  • 60-minute session
  • 30-minute session


Book your location
  • 60-minute workshop
  • 90-minute workshop
  • 120-minute workshop
  • 180-minute workshop

Prices inclusive of GST: Please contact Athlete IQ directly for inquiries about workshops and seminars to suit your organisation’s requirements.

Some topics that ATHLETE IQ wellbeing program may assist with include:

  • Assisting athletes with the development of their individual performance potential
  • Helping to regulate arousal, stress and emotion
  • Improving confidence, commitment and concentration
  • Developing and refining performance preparation for training and competitions
  • Optimizing recovery and regeneration activity
  • Improving quality decision-making during training and competitive performances
  • Enhancing team dynamics and cohesion
  • Ensuring optimal coach-athlete relations and communication
  • Welfare support when in rehabilitation and ensuring optimal readiness to return to sport

What We Offer

  • Mental Profiling
  • athlete Wellbeing counselling
  • athlete education services

Mental Profiling is ATHLETE IQ's signature service and involves the psychological profiling of athletes, parents, coaches and staff to uncover what is mentally blocking a person from optimum performance. Mental Profiling includes an assessment of:

  • Personality – Reveals and highlights the character strengths of an individual, relevant to their team or individual sport.
  • Emotional Intelligence – Measures values and emotions, and natural responses to high stress situations. Uncovers internal barriers to success, and discovers how an individual adapts, adjusts and responds in a conflict situation and to other people.
  • Profiling Values and Motivational Inventory – Reveals what is important to an individual and what motivates them to improve.
  • Cognitive Processing – Measures how quickly and readily an individual can comprehend, process and apply new information and skills.

Our sessions highlights specific characteristics and qualities that are needed to sustain or develop a thriving athlete or team. ATHLETE IQ works with individuals and teams of all levels of experience and capability, with a strong focus on developing and utilising skills required to performing under pressure, especially where an athlete or team are not performing to expected levels.

ATHLETE IQ provides parenting guidance for families with young elite athletes.

Whether you’re a sporting club, organisation or individual athlete, ATHLETE IQ provides holistic strategy and advisory services tailored to suit your particular problems and required outcomes.

ATHLETE IQ offers a variety of workshops specifically focused around building mental strength and resilience. They are given in a professional and friendly environment and emphasise the importance of training both mind and body to achieve optimal performance. These are suitable for schools, organisations and corporations of all professional areas.

Common topics include:

  • Goal setting
  • Competition plans
  • Motivation
  • Champion Athlete Qualities
  • Mental Preparation and Mindset
  • Relaxation Techniques/Anxiety Management
  • Increasing Arousal
  • Pre-performance Routines
  • Re-focusing Routines
  • Imagery and Visualisation
  • Self-talk
  • Concentration and Focus Skills
  • Leadership and Team Building
  • NCAA and the US Scholarship Pathway for Athletes

Athlete IQ Online wellbeing counselling

At ATHLETE IQ, online athlete wellbeing consultations, you can access our trained professional practitioners using our video conferencing anytime, anywhere. Whether you are competing interstate or overseas. We are always here. As we are based in Adelaide and Brisbane, we only use online video conferencing for clients in other major centres and all regional and rural areas for our clients. Our preferential mode is Zoom and Skype (as you can simple click on a link to access the video conference). Face time technology can also be accommodated if necessary.

Your appointment will be guided just like a face-to-face session. Where you will be able to see, hear and interact with our team in a virtual setting for the length of the session. Notably however, by conducting your session on-line you may considerably reduce the stress and hassle associated with traveling to your appointment (such as traffic, public transport, parking etc).

ATHLETE IQ offers flexible times, weekends, after hours including evenings. Thus, this maximises the chance that you are able to find time between training, competing, working and or studying. Our aim is to facilitate these sessions for you to improve your performance and well being

What is needed from you is a computer, laptop or iPad or smartphone, a web cam (generally built in), a reliable internet connection, and a private space in which to conduct your session.  You will be billed via credit card or you can transfer directly via bank account during the session.

Online counselling session when using Zoom, Skype or Face Time is hassle free and convenient for people that have difficulty getting to appointments. This may be because they live in rural, regional, or find themselves
overseas and interstate often without access to these services.
Athletes and performers are often busy people and traveling can be burdensome. Online counselling presents a great opportunity to speak with a counsellor before competing or performing with a click of a button.

Online counselling is also great for people and athletes with childcare and intense training commitments, unstructured competition commitments and even those with a busy work and travel calendar. Some athletes speak with a counsellor daily, thus having these sessions online, creates efficiency and is cost effective.

We aim to be the most accessible cost-effective wellbeing services Australia wide as we aim to assist the athlete at all stages of their athletic journey and help get the best out of each client.

Other Services

Strength & Conditioning

Our tailored program is established with the athlete’s primary training objectives for their chosen sport and is executed under a variety of methods to optimise performance.

Mental Strengthening

Our Mental Strengthening program is developed toward learning the correct skill sets inside the scope of developing mental toughness.


Our goal is to identify the best eating and hydration strategies to meet an individual’s or teams schedule and training/competition need.

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