Francisco Chaves, PhD
Truett Theological Seminary
I work primarily with adolescents, adults, and couples to help them understand and overcome barriers that get in the way of living a meaningful and fulfilling life; this can include professional, family, emotional, or interpersonal challenges. My approach draws on therapeutic principles that value the understanding of how our experiences, self-awareness, and relationships impact how we cope with life's difficulties. One of the joys of this approach is getting to see adolescents and parents thrive and discover themselves and their sense of purpose in the world; as well as translating their therapeutic work into real world victories.
My clients describe me as insightful, authentic, and empathic. I believe the process of therapy is one that encourages collaboration and curiosity, and in doing so creates a hospitable environment to explore disappointments, losses, fears, anxieties, sadness, joys, and hopes.
Sports Psychology Work
In addition to my work as a generalist, I also work with individuals, team, and coaches as a clinical sports psychologist. I have worked with athletic departments and student athletes at Azusa Pacific University, University of Washington, UCLA, Pepperdine University, and USC. My work at these institutions focused on areas of mental health, performance enhancement, academic achievement, and health and wellness.
Since moving into private practice, I have been applying this approach to working with individuals, local high schools and youth sports programs. Much of that focus works toward helping athletes, teams, and coaches reach peak performance by overcoming mental and physical barriers to achieve and sustain performance goals.
Together, with individuals, coaches, and teams, I teach and develop mental skills that enhance performance. This includes addressing performance anxiety, improving focus and concentration, utilizing imagery, and building mental and emotional resilience.
I also support individual athletes in areas of transition, such as recovering from an injury and entering into retirement.
Translating these principles into the world of sports can positively impact individual performance, team cohesion, and a coach’s approach. I understand that achieving a balance between physical and mental capacity elevates athletes to the next level, both on and off the field.