Ben Oliva, M.Ed.

Ben Oliva is a mental health counselor and mental performance consultant. He works with adults, adolescents, and children using evidence-based mental skills and techniques that can be applied in all areas of life. Ben specializes in working with youth and adolescents on the topics of confidence, anxiety, focus, and emotional control, as well as helping parents to navigate the youth sports experience. Ben has advanced training in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and acceptance-commitment therapy (ACT).

Ben works closely with Dr. Fader in consulting with teams and organizations on improving performance. He is the mental performance coach for Fordham University Athletics and works with multiple other NCAA teams including the Wake Forest Football program. He also works with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Mental Performance Initiative and delivers mental performance workshops for business organizations across the country.

Ben’s experience includes working for the mental skills group of the Boston Red Sox and serving as an assistant coach for the baseball and football programs at Williams College, where he was also a two-sport varsity athlete. In addition, Ben worked for nearly a decade at a summer camp for children ages 5-12. Ben received his master’s degree in counseling with a concentration in sport and performance psychology from Boston University, and his bachelor’s degree in psychology and astrophysics from Williams College. He is a professional member of the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and has been featured as an expert in the field of mental performance on NBC productions and in multiple publications including Runner’s World and Fatherly.