We Are

Division 1 Athletes

We Are

Focused On Mental Health

We Are

Available For You

Sports & Performance Wellness Division | Mission

We have a unique approach to mental health for athletes. While many people focus on performance, we look to help athletes, at all levels, improve their mental health and overall wellness. With our therapeutic approach, we ensure every athlete we work with is connected to a licensed counselor, many of whom have been Division 1 athletes themselves. This allows us to understand what athletes are going through because we understand how the brain works as well as the world of athletics. We’ve been there. And we want to help. We are the Sports & Performance Wellness Division of Millennium Counseling Center.

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Athlete Concerns We Treat

Intense physical, emotional, and mental demands that are taxing on the mind and body

Failure-based depression

Performance-related anxiety

Intensive time commitments: sport, school, social life, family life

Resolving team conflict

Lack of confidence in performance and inability to preserve self-esteem

Leaving a sport or team

Distress over playing time & riding the bench

Dealing with Injury

How We Work With Athletes, Teams, Clubs, Universities

We work with athletes/coaches through one v one counseling, contractual agreements & through our
new 8 Week Training Program:

Weekly one-on-one with former Athletes/Master’s Level Clinicians

Weekly ``Mindful Mondays`` with meditation, psycho. ed., discussion (can be anonymous)

Daily check in using Blueprint and specialized daily assessment for student/athletes

Utilize specific assessments to target areas of concentration

Monthly special event - Guest speakers, workshops, etc

Lifetime access to content; library featuring past speakers, workshops, podcasts, additional relevant content

At completion of the program each participant will receive assessment of areas of improvement future goals, and detailed plan on how to stay on track and continue growth as an athlete & person

MEET OUR TEAM

Sarah Meister

Sarah Meister

Director of Sport & Performance Wellness
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Derek Bylsma

Owner ~ Executive Director
Thomas Kalapurakal

Thomas Kalapurakal

Primary Counselor

What The Athletes Are Saying

“I have had a great experience with the Millennium Counseling group and their expertise in working with athletes. I have seen the benefit for many of my players and our team overall. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for support.”
-Divison 1 head coach

“Sarah has had a deep impact on my overall quality of life. She provided me with a compassionate, honest and relaxed environment, and helped me preserver through difficult times. Sarah is a fantastic therapist and a great human being. I’d recommend anyone, especially athletes, to work with her!”
– Men’s Division 1 Collegiate Soccer Player

“Millennium Counseling group has a wealth of experience to successfully guide student athletes toward improved athletic and mental performance. The team does a great job using their own playing and coaching experiences to help convey their message and to connect with their athletes.”  – Ex Division 1 Track Athlete

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