Our Sport Performance team consists of Sport Psychologists and clinicians who are licensed in multiple states.
Paul Groenewal, PsyD
Dr. Paul Groenewal is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Sport Psychologist. He completed a Masters and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. His clients include teams wanting to increase cohesion and creating an environment that promotes high performance. Dr. Groenewal assists individual performers in understanding their personal psychology and developing strategies that lead to elite performances. He is the Sport Psychologist for the Brooklyn Nets, where his job is to educate on, develop and implement high performance strategies for elite athletes. He also works with the NY Liberty, the Nets Gaming Crew, and serves as a clinical consultant to the NY Jets. Dr. Groenewal is the co-owner of a group psychology practice called Inspire Wellness. His group includes more than 25 clinicians and 3 locations in northern New Jersey. He has worked with athletes at many levels and in various sports.
Marissa Norman, PsyD
Dr. Marissa Norman is a Sport Psychologist holding a M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. Marissa has 7-years of experience working alongside athletes of different backgrounds and levels (youth athletes to professional athletes) in addition to her own personal experience competing as a Division I Track and Field Pentathlete and Heptathlete. Marissa has worked with student-athletes, teams, coaches, administrators and staff at several Division I, II, and III institutions including the University of Minnesota, Bowdoin College, and Barry University. She has also severed as the team sport psychologist for the USA Junior Curling High Performance Program. Considering each athlete’s individualistic needs, Marissa aims to help her clients reach their full potential both in athletics and life endeavors. In addition to supporting athletes in enhancing performance through mental skills training, she provides mental health and counseling support.
Kate Martino, LAC, NCC
Paul Groenewal, PsyD
Dr. Paul Groenewal is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Sport Psychologist. He completed a Masters and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. His clients include teams wanting to increase cohesion and creating an environment that promotes high performance. Dr. Groenewal assists individual performers in understanding their personal Psychology and developing strategies that lead to elite performances. He is the Sport Psychologist for the Brooklyn Nets, where his job is to educate on, develop and implement high performance strategies for elite athletes. He also works with the NY Liberty, the Nets Gaming Crew, and serves as a clinical consultant to the NY Jets. Dr. Groenewal is the co-owner of a group psychology practice called Inspire Wellness. His group includes more than 25 clinicians and 3 locations in northern New Jersey. He has worked with athletes at many levels and in various sports.
Mark Louie, M.A., Ed.D, LPC
Dr. Mark Louie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) specializing in exercise science, strength and conditioning, and sport psychology. Dr. Mark holds a Master’s degree in Psychological Counseling and a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Mark’s experience as a personal trainer inspired him to research the connection between the mind and body, to understand the science of resilience and optimal athletic performance. Dr. Mark has worked with athletes of all levels, most recently completing a post-doc in sport psychology supporting Elite Division-1 athletes, teams, and athletic staff at Rutgers University. During the 2021 NBA draft, Dr. Mark reviewed individual data on each draft prospect for The Brooklyn Nets from various tests and inventories, interviews, and scouting reports. This included video interviews with the player and the GM that revealed how the player conceptualized their skills, and where they wanted to improve. He designed and put together reports highlighting strengths and areas of growth in three primary domains 1.Character (How they perceive themselves+values) 2. Grit (Resilience and sense of self+areas to improve) 3.Mental Makeup (Basketball IQ, how they responded to pressure+focus and attention). Dr. Mark strives to integrate strength and conditioning principles, particularly resistance training, into his performance and mental health counseling practice. His dual specialty in kinesiology and psychology provides a holistic health perspective when helping athletes improve in all areas of their lives.
Kate Martino, LAC, NCC
Kate is a Licensed Associate Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She received a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from The College of the Holy Cross where she majored in Psychology. Kate previously worked as a Mental Health Associate at High Focus Center and monitored adolescent clients in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment groups. She currently specializes in working with youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes by providing mental strategies to help them reach optimal performance in their sport. In addition to enhancing athlete performance, Kate addresses mental health issues and develops individualized treatment plans to fit each client’s needs. Kate was a 12 Letter Varsity athlete at Summit High School competing in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. She was a member of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse National Championship Team at the University of North Carolina. Kate finished her lacrosse career at the College of the Holy Cross.
Julian Rapaport, PhD
Dr. Julian Rapaport is a Psychologist who earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University after earning his Master’s in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to joining Inspire Wellness, Dr. Julian trained in a hospital, a university counseling center, and two psychoanalytic training institutes before completing his capstone internship at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Julian works with people of all ages, providing individual, group, and family therapy. He has expertise in the treatment of psychological disorders across the spectrum, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and PTSD, life transitions, and grief. He also works with athletes who are passionate about bettering themselves in their sport and in life. Dr. Julian takes a collaborative and individualized approach to treatment and believes that therapy works best when it is a meeting of minds. He helps his patients gain deeper self-awareness, build stronger interpersonal connections, and experience themselves fully and honestly. In his work with athletes, Dr. Julian also assists in the learning and implementation of strategies that promote exceptional performance.
BJ Durham, PhD Candidate
BJ is a National Certified Counselor pursuing his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at North Carolina State University. He received a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Waynesburg University, where he also completed his Bachelor’s degree majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. BJ previously worked as a mental health counselor and substance use counselor at Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services in Washington, PA. Currently, he specializes in working with youth, collegiate, and young adult clients, providing them with techniques and approaches to enhance all aspects of life and live holistically well. He also focuses on identity salience amongst athletes and utilizing mindfulness techniques to improve athletic performance. BJ is also a former collegiate basketball player from Waynesburg University.