Heather Pina, M.A.

Hi Y’all! My name is Heather and I am a Sport Mindset Coach here at Sterling Sport Mindset. As a former collegiate soccer player, I know firsthand the importance of developing mental habits that allow you to play with confidence and consistency. If game-day anxiety, self-doubt, and small mistakes are holding you back from being your best, I’ve got you. I work with female athletes to change their thinking about what they can achieve and the mindset needed to do it. We’ll put in the mental reps so that you’ll have confidence in yourself and your abilities, both on and off the field. 

How I got here: 

When I was in high school, I knew I wanted to play at the next level. There was no question this was my goal from the moment I decided to play club soccer. This was the goal, but holding me back from being the athlete I wanted to be was a lack of confidence and performance anxiety. 

While I did play at the collegiate level, the confidence and performance anxiety followed me there as well. When the pressure was on I didn’t make it happen. When I knew college coaches were watching me, I couldn’t perform. I was a completely different athlete. I doubted whether I’d actually be able to achieve my goals. Not having full belief from others made me lose belief in myself. I thought others had to believe in me in order to feel confident in myself.

These thoughts and feelings led me to not enjoying soccer. I was frustrated when I stepped on the field. I was in my head and overthinking everything! At the same time I was angry that I wasn’t achieving my goals. I felt the joy of playing slip away with my performance. 

Now I know how much I would have benefitted from working with a mental performance coach. I had the physical skills but was missing the mental skills. I thought training more and doing well in practice was going to help me when it came to the game. The reality was the mental game was where I needed more training.  

Having been a collegiate athlete that didn’t have the opportunity to work with a sport psychology professional and not fully working through my mental setbacks led me to this profession. I became a mental performance coach because I want to help athletes train the mental side of sport, put in the mental reps and show up as their most confident selves. 

What I do:

Sport society tells us sport is about excellence, dominance, performing, and winning. I know how scary it is to feel like you aren’t living up to these expectations. Especially when you have goals and expectations for yourself. I also know how scary it can be to tell others when you’re struggling.

Add in relationships, school, family, and life – juggling it all while you feel your sport life isn’t what it’s supposed to be is hard! I know, and I show up for my clients knowing what it is they are going through. I’m here to provide you with the skills to build your confidence, overcome overthinking, manage anxiety, and develop your mental game on and off the field so that you can play free and enjoy it!

If you’re ready to put in the mental reps to crush your goals, schedule an initial consultation with our intake coordinator and be sure to mention me! 

A little more about me: 

I currently live in Santa Maria, CA where I was born and raised. My husband and I lived in Austin, TX the past 3 years before moving back to California. I attended California State University, Fullerton for my undergrad in Psychology. I then went on to get my Master’s Degree from Argosy University in Sport and Exercise Psychology. In my free time I like to read, workout, eat good food, and spend time with friends and family.