ABOUT THE TEAM
Manda Hakimi Ederer, Ph.D.
Margaret Mitchell, Ph.D.
Amy Turi, MSW
Manda Hakimi Ederer, PhD
Manda earned her BA in Psychology with High Honors from the University of Michigan and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in practice for over 20 years specializing in treating children, adolescents and young adults. She specializes in treating children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, mood regulation difficulties, attention and focus difficulties and eating disorders. In her work with athletes of all ages, she specializes in addressing performance anxiety, regulating emotions, motivation/drive issues, focus/attention challenges, burn-out, communication skills, social anxiety, developing resilience and positive self-esteem, coping with setbacks, and sports/life balance. Her interest in youth sports psychology began with her own experience as a three-sport high school athlete competing on the tennis, ski and lacrosse teams. Although it wasn’t until she became the parent of three boys highly involved in multiple youth sports that she began to observe first-hand the tremendous pressure young athletes are facing both on and off the fields. While many parents deal with these performance pressures by adding more specialized technical skills training and coaching to their athlete’s schedule, she sees an urgent need to teach these young athletes the mental training skills they lack to face the internal and external pressures to succeed in sports and in life. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, yoga, skiing and spending time with her husband, their three sons and their energetic bernedoodle, Buster Posey.
Margaret Fuchs Mitchell, PhD
Margaret earned her Bachelor’s degree and played Division I basketball at Brown University. She also played professional basketball in Norway for two years before returning to earn her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Her clinical residency was completed at the Medical Center at the University of Arizona and she returned to Seattle for a postdoctoral fellowship at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Margaret specializes in working with children and teens with anxiety disorders, depression, and emotion regulation challenges. In addition to MVP, Margaret works with children and adolescents in her private practice in Seattle. Athletically, Margaret earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year and All Ivy team honors and started all four years for the Brown women’s basketball team. Following graduation, she played professionally in Norway for two years, winning the championship in 1998. Margaret was born and raised in Seattle and is a mother of two. She continues to coach her daughters in basketball and ultimate frisbee. Her love of sport and fitness is still central to her life and continues to inspire involvement in women’s basketball city leagues, beach volleyball, weight training, swimming, cycling and ultimate. Other passions include photography, performing arts, music, and watching children's joy, growth and mastery.
Amy earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sports Coaching while swimming for Division 1 University of California Santa Barbara in the Big West. After graduation, she quickly got back into the athletic scene competing in more than a dozen marathons, open water swims, more triathlons to count, winning many and 10 Ironman competitions, 2 of which were in Kona at the World Championships. Having won many local events, she took to the road and was not only the first woman to finish the Harrison Hot Springs Ironman but was the first person, beating all the men as well and setting a new courses record. Amy continued her passion for psychology by providing mental health case management to adolescents in a juvenile rehabilitation setting for the state of Washington. She is now their clinical director and specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is in her final year earning her Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Washington. Amy has coached swimming, triathloning and spinning. She has two young boys who love to play basketball, baseball and of course swim. She continues to compete in swimming, biking, running and most importantly loves cheering on her fellow competitors, sisters and friends in their athletic endeavors. Other interests are cooking, traveling and paddle boarding.