As usual, you not only hit the nail on the head with your input to A (the brotherly advice was particularly appreciated), but you managed (once again) to bring tears down my cheeks. We are so very grateful that we met you and have had the benefit of your counsel and friendship, and we are better parents because of it. We would not have survived this journey without you!
A is who he is now because of his life experience and Hockey was a HUGE part of that! It does make me sad to think that I will never see him in the net again (he truly is AWESOME) but we have the rest of our lives to watch him amaze us in so many other ways.
Thanks again. Whatever happens with D. going forward I want you to know that you have been an immense help to us as a family both with hockey and life matters. You’ve given him some great tools to work with and I believe they have helped him balance his life and get to this good balanced spot.
I’m sorry that we didn’t catch up with you at the game. In any event, I wanted to tell you that we’ve seen a transformation of R, both on and off the ice. Other people close to the team, parents, coaches, and players, have also remarked and its really been gratifying for us. In fact, you will probably receive some referrals, based on your work with R. It’s really everything we had hoped for. I just want to thank you for your fine work and we’ll definitely take that opportunity to meet again in the playoffs!
Dr. Walker teaches his athletes how to unleash their power within to elevate their game. As a parent of a goaltender, I witnessed these valuable skills being used both on the ice, as well as off the ice, when faced with life’s challenges.
As a goalie, the single most important skill is your mental game. I began working with Doc in the middle of a deep slump and he got me playing my best game for the following 2-3 years of working with him. Working with Dr. Walker was absolutely crucial to my development and success as a goaltender.
It is so nice to see him express such enthusiasm about his new mindset both on and off the ice. But even without his glowing review, B and I can see the difference. It’s remarkable. His body language in the net is completely different (I’ve been a hockey mom for a long time, watching him through wins and losses) and he seems to be genuinely enjoying himself. Off the ice, he seems more centered and confident. As a mother, seeing my son so comfortable in his own skin, and enjoying the sport he loves…..I couldn’t ask for a better result. Thank you so much for working with him and teaching him skills that will help him throughout his life.
Hello Dr. Walker,
Two things…. First I just wanted to personally say thank you to you. The change we have seen in M. has brought such joy to me, thank you doesn’t seem enough. Her thought process is so much more positive not only on the soccer field but off of it also! The tools and techniques you have helped her with have had such a great influence on her and I am so grateful to you! If she can continue to use these throughout her life, she will be so blessed. With all of that being said, I was wondering if you’d be willing to work with another daughter of mine. She is a sophomore in college and no longer an athlete but she really could use some guidance on her mindset.
I’ve had a very successful year. My high school team won the NY State Championship in which I scored the winning goal. I also was named NYS player of the year, MSG Varsity player of the year, first team for The Times Herald Record All-Star team, first team for All-Region, and I made the 2012 NSCAA High School Girls All-America Team (http://www.nscaa.com/awards/all-america/2012-high-school-girls-all-america). Apart from high school, I was very successful playing on my club team, World Class. Many colleges became interested in me and last month I verbally committed to Syracuse University with a 75% scholarship. I am really excited because the coaches think I can be a big help to the team especially since Syracuse is moving up to the ACC next year, the top soccer league for D1 college programs.
I realize that I would not have been able to accomplish this without your help. I really appreciate it and I will never forget what you did for me.
Our daughter has matured a lot in the last nine months. She is doing very well and is one if the top players on her soccer team and now has a lead in the musical. She is a very happy kid now. She has been practicing some of the techniques that you showed her and she has pulled through the tough times on top. The more she can learn to rely on herself the better off she will be in the long run. She is taking responsibility for her state of mind and emotions and I really respect that perspective & maturity. Dr. Walker, you did a great job showing her that she is in control of her life and she has taken it to heart. Thank you very much for all your help.
I wanted to thank you for taking the time to talk to me and help me with my game. I have been playing so much better, it’s like I’m a new person! My very critical coach hardly criticizes me, I am actually the only one on the team who receives regular compliments from him. I also regained the joy in soccer, thanks to you, and the love of the game drastically improves my playing ability. I would have to say the biggest change would be my confidence level. My confidence used to be several notches lower than my ability and now I would say that the two now match! I am so thankful to have had talked to you and worked out the soccer problem while I still had time. Colleges are looking at my team and I am at the peak of my playing and only getting better.
“Dr. Walker has helped me greatly to be able to stay in the present moment and think clearly in competition. My work with him has allowed me to perform at a higher level in competition than I ever would have been able to alone.”
“Working with Dr. Walker has helped me take some broad concepts regarding the mental game and turn them into focused drills that allow me to better use the skills in competition. It has been a very positive experience”.
I am a highly competitive golfer with an 11 handicap who likes to gamble and win. When I enter tournaments, I am wanting to play my best and hopefully come out on top. In the past I had difficulty separating the different characters in my golf game…the golfer, the gambler, the friend. Since working with Steve I have been able to compartmentalize my golf characters and focus on the here and now much better. I have performed at my best in tourneys and take a few bucks from my buddies whenever possible. Most importantly is that Steve is easy to talk to and gives you his undivided attention as well as workable action plans supported by appropriate media. He is a very bright and likable man. That I have won my club Championship, now twice, is a clear result of our work together.
There are a lot of things that are great in my life right now, and I just wanted to give you a letter of thanks for the support you have given me. I have never felt so comfortable in my own skin, so good on the golf course, and so OK with me. It is in no small part due to the time we have spent together, and the direction I have gotten from you as far as my life is concerned. So thanks. I leave for Arizona Tuesday to play in a tour event. My intention is to let myself play like I can. I’m nervous, but I also feel a confidence I haven’t had in a while because of how good I feel about my swing and my ball striking. I will keep you posted as to how it goes.
Dr. Walker, Colorado Swimming just announced the Colorado All-Star Team selections and M is on the team. As you know, they select the top 10 swimmers in each age group. Selections are made by ranking swimmers in each event based on their best times, then adding up all their ranks, so you really need to rank high on all the events. Thanks for all your support.
Our darling gymnast is now a Sectional Champion in Section 5 New York State, He broke 2 school records, 6 pool records and the Class B records in DIVING!! In September, S decided that he had to pick one sport, and he chose diving. He is having an amazing year and as you can tell from the picture we are all thrilled. Friday, March 1 are the State competitions- We think of you often and thank you so much!!!
My daughter came to Dr. Walker because she was experiencing extreme pre-race anxiety and would also get very down on herself after her races. Dr. Walker taught her how to stay calm, focus, and prepare for races with confidence. He continually reminded her that the most important aspect was to have fun! The results have been incredible! She now exudes much more confidence. Her time drops have been dramatic and she made her first Sectionals cut!
It’s very difficult for me to put into words how beneficial my time with Dr. Walker was, but I’ll give it a shot: I visited Dr. Walker for a period of about 6 months, during a time when I felt “stuck in a rut” in my professional life.
Using a very methodical and systematic approach, Dr. Walker worked with me to confront my problems head on and put systems in place to break some of my bad habits and unproductive thought patterns. Through a series of focused one-on-one sessions and weekly “homework” assignments, Dr. Walker gave me a new set of mental tools that have allowed me to harness the productive parts of my personality to effectively and positively work toward achieving my goals.
I give Dr. Walker my highest endorsement and recommendation. For anyone who is solution-oriented, excited to learn how to harness their strengths, and willing to put in some work on their end, Dr. Walker’s systems provide a sustainable, positive method for pursuing (and achieving!) one’s goals.
We are nailing it Doc! We are hitting the key issues and really making significant strides forward. I am more motivated right now than I’ve ever been.
THANK YOU!!!! You the man!
I can’t praise Steve Walker enough. During a very difficult period he taught me practical techniques for changing the way in which I interpret and deal with various events in my life. And it didn’t take years. His way of integrating therapeutic principles with spiritual values made it easier for me to identify more appropriate responses to life’s challenges. And above all, he always exhibited immense caring and compassion. It’s been about four years since I last saw Dr. Walker professionally, and his wise counsel during the time he treated me still serves me well.
I have to thank you for helping me to build the courage to face my fears, for making me admit that I can’t do it all and most of all for helping me through the emotional roller coaster I call my life. I can honestly say that without your help and guidance I would not be standing as straight and tall as I am now. Life has always been tough but you have made mine that much easier. For that I will be eternally grateful and consider myself lucky that I have you in my life.
I hope to have you once again come speak to the team again this Spring. We’ve now won 6 NCAA Championships in a row, and your help pre-race always helps our team tremendously. Thanks again!
Steve provided warm support in a caring, relaxed environment. He helped guide me through many life experiences and taught me how to draw lessons from them that I have put to use in the years that followed. Steve encouraged me to tap my love of rock climbing as a source of stability and peace.
Dr. Walker’s services were very valuable to me in the last few years. He provided a special combination of kindness, strength and coaching. The reason I came back to him when I didn’t go back to others was because in my experience, many psychologists didn’t seem interested in challenging me. Instead, I felt they were just agreeing with everything I said and giving in to my excuses. Stephen Walker persevered to coach me to better myself, instead of letting me feel sorry for myself. Yet at the same time, he was forever kind and patient. That is an ability that I think is uniquely “Dr. Stephen Walker.” Not everyone can find a balance between kindness/empathy and the toughness of a good coach.
I have known Dr. Steve Walker for 18 years. Throughout the years Steve has helped me navigate a number of difficult situations. Together we found breakthrough communication techniques that helped motivate me and inspire me to resolve issues that confront me. Steve has made a positive difference in my life. And I thank him for that. Best of all, he makes me laugh!
Hi, Dr. Walker! I thought I’d let you know that this past Friday, I won a leading position (Assistant Principal) in the Kennedy Center’s Orchestra. I think your session really helped me with some new tools for the audition process, and I want to thank you for an efficient session with quick results!
Dr. Walker was an extreme help for my son and me during my divorce. He did play therapy to get to the bottom of any issues and feelings my son was having during that time. My son is very shy and Dr. Walker did a great job of opening him up. He has also helped me a great deal by pinpointing some childhood issues and helping me deal with those, so I could heal. I am now in a healthy relationship utilizing the techniques that Dr. Walker taught me. I would highly recommend his services not only for adults but equally for children.
Dr. Walker – I appreciate the time we were able to spend together. You helped me to keep focus during a very difficult time in my life. With your help I was able to focus on the important events and to be able to prepare for them. You were also instrumental in your advice in dealing with my children. I believe the strategies you gave me allowed me to improve my relationships with them and to help them to stay on track throughout the divorce process. You were especially helpful in strategies with my daughter who was struggling in school and with self-esteem concerns. You helped me better relate with her and to find better ways to help her with homework without getting into arguments . . . I feel you were a great blessing to my life when things were difficult. You helped me keep my sanity when my world was falling apart around me. Thanks.
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