Cat Broadhead, M.A. ‘13 M.A. in Counseling Psychology: Specialization in Sport & Health Psychology
"I entered Adler with a respect for others, and that grew, but I also learned how to respect myself. I realized my humanness at Adler and learned how to be more forgiving of myself."
-Cat Broadhead M.A. '13
Catherine (Cat) Broadhead graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology Chicago campus in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Sport and Health Psychology. She recently started her own business, Summit Performance Consulting, LLC, which seeks to support athletes and students by providing sports psychology consulting and academic coaching.
Q: Tell us about your work.
Cat: After graduating from Adler, I started a business called Summit Performance Consulting, LLC. It provides sport psychology consulting and academic coaching and inspires athletes and students of all levels to maximize their performance. Our consultants help clients perform better by teaching them mental toughness skills. A mentally tough person is better able to manage competitive stress, stay confident and motivated, control concentration, and communicate well with coaches and other team members. The goal is to teach the clients these mental skills so that can perform at a high level consistently and they can apply and transfer these skills to other performances in their lives.
Q: What is your impact on the individuals or communities with whom you work?
Cat: Through my work with individuals and teams, I have helped people have a better, more meaningful, athletic or academic experience. My work promotes a healthy environment for growing confident, principle-centered competitors. I help people grow in their passion to learn and enhance their functionality in their community.
Q: How did your Adler School experience affect where you are today?
Cat: Adler helped me gain a better understanding of my privileges, my worldview, and how I could utilize my experience to promote social justice. Adler helped me see that we each have power to change our world in a unique way. I entered Adler with a respect for others, and that grew, but I also learned how to respect myself. I realized my humanness at Adler and learned how to be more forgiving of myself.
Q: Was there a particular Adler School faculty member or experience as a student that has most influenced you, and why?
Cat: I had so many outstanding professors at Adler, it is difficult to choose one, but of special importance to me was my advisor and program director Dr. Michele Kerulis. I had an interest in outdoor therapy and sports, but I knew little about sport and health psychology until I met Dr. Kerulis and joined the program. Dr. Kerulis developed our program, connected us with professionals in sport and health psychology, and worked to connect us to practicums that matched our interests. She was always available if we needed anything and helped keep us on track with the many requirements of graduate school. Dr. Kerulis very organized and accomplished in her field. I was fortunate to have her support.
Q: What career accomplishment have you found most fulfilling, or considered your greatest professional accomplishment?
Cat: My biggest professional accomplishment is starting a business. It is a risk, and I am proud that I took it - whether or not the business becomes “successful.” As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I am doing that.
Q: What is the single most important piece of career advice you can give someone in your field?
Cat: There are many disciplines within the field of sport and health psychology, and this is a new field. My advice to everyone in this new field is to support each other as we grow. It is important to connect with other people in the field. Learn from them, work with them, and support each other as we help educate others about our field.
Q: What advice can you give a student just joining the Adler School?
Cat: One of the most valuable aspects of Adler is that the professors are also practitioners with a wealth of experience. Stop in to see your professors during office hours. Professors at the Adler are attentive to student needs and very helpful. Learn as much as you can about their work, and let them help you learn about what you might want to do.