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Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

CEO & Founder of Athmindset®

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mental Performance Consultant

Mental Health & Performance Coach, Oakland Roots SC

Host of the Athlete Mindset Podcast

Advisory Board Member

clinical registries

  • USA Olympic & Paralympic Committee Mental Health Registry, Listed

  • National Football League Player's Association Clinician Directory, Listed


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Santa Barbara

  • Master's of Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work

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About Lisa

Lisa brings a high level of expertise to the athlete mental health space, from both a clinical and performance focus. She works with elite youth athletes, collegiate student athletes, Olympians/Olympic hopefuls, professional athletes, coaches, teams, and the entire sport ecosystem. 

Lisa is the first-ever Mental Performance Coach for the Oakland Roots Sports Club, a men’s professional soccer team, in the USL, working alongside other coaches on the Technical Team, as well as the Sports Medicine staff. 

Lisa is listed in the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Mental Health Registry, the NFL Player Association’s Clinician Directory, and the Major League Rugby Mental Health and Wellness Directory.

As a direct response to need, Lisa founded AthMindset® – a diverse team of athlete-centered, licensed mental health clinicians and mental performance consultants, serving across several states.  

Lisa is a professional podcast host and podcast guest. She hosts the Athlete Mindset Podcast and co-hosts Roots Radio. She is a keynote speaker, an accomplished TEDx Speaker, speaks nationally and internationally, and is often invited to speak at conferences and contribute to expert panels.

Lisa has been quoted in Time Magazine, Teen Vogue, Women’s Health Magazine, as well as being interviewed on the BBC World News and Radio Bliss, in Jordan. Her first book, The AthMindset® Workbook: Training your mind for optimal mental health in sport and in life is now available.

Lisa received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work and attended University of California at Santa Barbara as an undergraduate. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Media impact

Watch an impactful TedXWilmington talk about the intersection of race, mental health, and sport by Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

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Read more about insight on pressure and athletic identity in the spotlight from Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

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Read more about the benefits of having a mental sport performance coach, such as Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW.

Video Interviews

BBC World News: naomi osaka tennis break

Watch the BBC interview where Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW breaks down the importance of preserving mental health and the external impacts of media in sports.

#ReclaimTheGame General Council Meeting

The Reclaim The Game General Council brought together a trailblazing group of industry leaders who shared diverse expertise on how we can work together to create a safer and more inclusive soccer industry.

Intersectionality of Mental Health & Race Webinar

The home for youth sports parenting and coaching tips to develop better athletes and better people.

What is Sport Social Work?

In the second episode of "What is Sport Social Work?" Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW from The Oakland Roots shares her sport social work journey and her passion for athlete mental health.

podcast Interviews

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The interconnectedness of the mind and the body is important to note within sports and daily life. When there is a disconnect between the body and the mind, there can be problematic consequences. It is important to recognize when an athlete, or any human for that matter, is struggling with their mental health. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness and it should not be portrayed in a negative light. Mental health concerns are real and addressing these concerns should include a holistic approach, prioritizing both the mind and body. 

LifeExcellence with Brian Bartes - EP016 - Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSw

Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW is a therapist and the CEO and Founder of AthMindset. She supports elite athletes to achieve optimal mental health and peak mental sport performance. Lisa discusses the general state of mental health in our country, and specific techniques we can all use to achieve peak performance.


If you've ever wondered how your mental performance affects your ability to run faster, train harder, and achieve your goals, today's guest has the answers. Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW talks about the mental side of sports performance and shows us some of the areas we can focus on to elevate our game, while also providing concrete examples of how our skills in sport translate to life.

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What I wish I knew as a studeNT athlete

Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW mental health and sport performance coach, shares her experience supporting elite athletes in optimal mental health and sport performance. As a licensed social worker and therapist for 20+ years, Lisa talks about how her background in social work informs her approach to working with student-athletes, her philosophy on seeing the athlete as a multidimensional human, and her hopes for the future as a mental health professional, former competitive athlete, and proud mom of a young female athlete.

4D Athletes Podcast Ep. 62- Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW: Why does Mental Health Matter

In episode 62 of the 4D Athletes Podcast, Jason and Jim are joined by Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW.

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In the history of my show, we've discussed this with various experts in the field, and today we get to chat with Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW the Mental Health and Sport Performance Coach for the Oakland Roots of the USL

Listen today about the techniques and ideas she has in her experience working with athletes. Why do so many athletes battle with their mental health? Why don't we focus more on this within our sports organizations/programs? We have strength and conditioning coaches, why not mental health consultants or performance specialists in that field? 

Lisa Bonta Sumi, LCSW on Black Female Elite Athletes – The Pressure, the Public Eye & Pushing Through

If you are a black female elite athlete at the Collegiate, Olympic or Professional level, or if you are a parent of an elite black female athlete, today’s show is for you.


Normalizing Mental Health In Sports With Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

It’s time we start normalizing mental health in sports. And this podcast episode featuring Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW is one piece of content that attempts to do just that.

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