What is The Center for Performance Excellence?

You probably have times in your life when you’re under pressure to perform: whether you’re an athlete who needs to perform well in competition, a surgeon, lawyer, or other professional who needs to perform well in a pressure-packed environment, or you’ve decided to face your fears and make an significant change in your life. The Saint Sebastian Center for Performance Excellence utilizes proven strategies to build confidence, increase motivation, improve focus, manage performance anxiety, and help you achieve your goals. We can help you or your team build the mental skills necessary to successfully improve performance in any area of life.

Our Services

The Saint Sebastian Center offers individual counseling/performance coaching and mental skills training for individuals as well as team or group performance workshops.  We offer both in-person consultations as well as phone or Skype/video conferencing sessions.

What You Will Learn

Through the use of research-based strategies, you and/or your team will learn to build confidence, manage anxiety, develop resilience, increase performance ability, and improve team dynamics.

Who We Are

Rachael Popcak, MSW, LSW, is a the founder of Saint Sebastian Center for Performance Excellence and a counseling associate of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. Rachael completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and obtained her Masters in Social Work (Clinical Specialization) from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Licensed Social Worker and has received additional advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Gottman Relational Therapy, and the neurobiology of attachment and trauma. Rachael holds certificates in Direct Practice Mental Health (University of Pittsburgh), Evidence Based Suicide Prevention and Intervention (VYNE Education) and TeleMental Health (Zur Institute).

Rachael is a lifelong athlete who has specialized in performance skills training throughout her education and career. Rachael’s clinical approach is rooted in a strengths-based perspective, helping individuals discover and develop their innate resources to achieve their goals in life, relationships, and performance.

Areas of Focus

Rachael has spoken/presented on topics related to stress management, anxiety management, self-talk, team dynamics, time management, performance strategies, focus improvement, motivation, confidence building, and more. 

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