Carrie Jackson Cheadle, M.A., CMPC

Carrie Jackson Cheadle lives in Northern California and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and expert in strategies for optimal performance and resilience. Carrie is one of the foremost experts specializing in Mental Skills Training for athletes and exercisers with diabetes. She is the author of the book On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance and co-author of Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries, as well as the co-host of the podcast The Injured Athletes Club. Carrie has worked with athletes and performers of all ages and at every level, from recreational athletes to elite and professional athletes competing at national and international levels. 

Carrie has been interviewed as an expert resource for articles that have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Huffington Post, US News and World Report, Outside Magazine, Shape Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Runner’s World and Women’s Running Magazine. In addition to her consulting practice, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in sport psychology and is currently an affiliate faculty member at Holy Names University in Oakland, California.

Carrie is energetic, fun, has a great sense of humor, and employs a real-life approach to working on the mental aspects of sport and performance with the people with whom she works. Carrie has her own personal commitment to life-long fitness, and when she isn’t working, you might find her running a trail or hitting the slopes on her snowboard.

At Diabetes Training camp we will give you the tools you need to live successfully with diabetes AND ALSO the tools you need to live OPTIMALLY with diabetes! In order to live optimally with diabetes, you need to address your physical needs as well as your emotional, social and psychological needs. Here are examples of workshops you will have the opportunity to attend at camp that address the impact of stress and introduce coping skills necessary for living optimally with diabetes:

Dealing with Stress: The Mind

There is no life without stress; it is part of the human condition. In this workshop you will explore how stress can impact your blood sugar and your diabetes management. You are what you think! Here we focus on cognitive coping skills for managing stress and becoming aware of the thoughts you feed yourself and how they can hold you back from reaching your potential.

Dealing with Stress: The Body

First take a big, deep breath… and then exhale and read the next sentence: In this workshop you will learn relaxation techniques to help manage the physiological symptoms of stress and anxiety. You can’t perform optimally if you are tense! Here you will learn how to relax your body as well as relax your expectations of maintaining “perfect” control of your diabetes.

Building a Team: Your Support System

Let’s go Defense! Part of performing to your potential is having a good support system in place. In this workshop you will take steps toward building up your “home team.” Building this team also includes learning how to communicate with the key players on your team including medical staff, family and friends.

Going Home: The Diabetes Rollercoaster

If only we could put camp in a bottle and send it home with you… Now is the time to reflect on what you’ve learned and get prepared for putting it into action when you return home. You will explore how to define success as well as how to prepare for and deal with setbacks you will face along the road to living optimally with diabetes.