Gain The Mental Edge




What if we were to say that your mind is the key to peak performance


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When the going gets tough, the tough get going. These are words we live by, but how do we develop toughness? We spend countless hours training our muscles and increasing our endurance, but what percentage do we spend training our mind? What if we were to say that your mind is the key to peak performance?

Vision Quest if fortunate to partner up with some of Chicago's top sports psychologist to elevate your mental skills. From Chicago Blackhawks to weekend warriors our staff have worked with all levels of athletes with great success. Sessions focus on enhancing performance through pre race and race day techniques as well as overcoming setbacks such as anxiety, injury, and self doubt. The brain is like any muscles in the body. If you want it to become stronger it takes training. Schedule online to unlock your peak performance.


Dave Marks

Contact information:
Current Residence:
Park Ridge, IL

Degrees:  MS in Clinical Psychology

Colleges: University of Houston, Chicago Medical School

Certifications:  Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) Mental Skills Coach, Chicago Blackhawks Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level 2 Trained Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) Certified Member of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).

Specificity: Applying mental skills to maximize performance for individual athletes and sports teams. Special emphasis: triathletes, the anxious athlete, the self-doubting athlete.

Personal Achievements: 
3x Ironman finisher: Madison, Louisville and Texas
Multiple Marathons
Multiple Century Rides
3 Triathlon Age-Group Podium Finishes

Personal Achievement:
I think my biggest personal achievement is helping others achieve their dreams. For more than 25 years I've had the opportunity to help individuals get the support they need to live the life they want.


David Marks, founder of Marks & Associates, earned his Masters of Clinical Psychology from Finch University Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School. He is also a Mental Skills Coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, focusing on sports performance and player development.
His expertise includes both helping athletes grow (enhancing performance, preparation techniques, etc.), and helping them overcome challenges (setbacks like loss and injury, anxiety, depression, life changes, obsessive exercise, etc.). He works with professional and amateur athletes involved in sports such as triathlon, running, hockey, football, soccer, and mountain climbing. The Chicago Blackhawks, DanceWorks Chicago, and recently USA Gymnastics are among the organizations that he works with.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:
Reading, walks with my wife, and wood/metal working.

Words I live by: 
- Get knocked down 7 times, get up 8
- Focus on the process, the outcome will follow
- Relationships, simplicity, experiences
- Trust the path

Alex Raske

Contact information: 
847-299-3489 (ext 9)  Current Address:  Chicago, IL. Degree:  MA in Counseling with a specialization in Sport and Health Psychology. Colleges:  Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Adler University Certification/Qualifications: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Mental Skills Coach, Marks & Associates Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC), Pending Certification Accredited by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Specificity: Applying mental skills to maximize performance for individual athletes and sports teams Special emphasis: baseball, softball, performance anxiety
Played softball for 18 years: 3 year Varsity Athlete at Mother McAuley High School, 4 year Student Athlete at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.   Personal Achievement: Athlete of the Year (2013) at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Why I do what I do:
I love using my experience and knowledge to help athletes reach their potential and overcome the mental obstacles they face.  

Alex Raske, counselor at Marks & Associates, earned her Masters degree in counseling from Adler University. She is also an Assistant Coach at Mother McAuley High School.   Her expertise includes sports performance coaching, overcoming setbacks (i.e., losses and injuries), pre-performance/race-day/game-day techniques and approaches, and other challenges. She works with high school and college athletes, coaches and teams.   Favorite pastime when not coaching:
Working out; playing any sport that keeps me active.   Most memorable moment as a coach: Watching one of my high school athletes start the season with little to no confidence and no starting spot to ending the season as a starter and leading the team with one of the highest batting averages (Most Improved Player).   Words I live by: - One day at a time. - Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. - Be in the moment. br />



45 minutes to

1-hour session $175

Sessions will typically start by learning about the athlete's goals, devising a plan, and supporting the athlete as it is implemented. Discussions are confidential. Athletes can be seen at VQ Highland Park facility, or at the Marks & Associates practice in Park Ridge.






Package of four,
1-hour sessions $700

A package of sessions to give you the most opportunity to work with a mental skills coach for optimal coaching experience.




Renewal package of four, 1-hour sessions $560

Looking to continue mental skills coaching beyond your first four sessions? This is a great renewal option for you.




Small Group (3-5 members): $50 - $75/person

Good for a group of people training for the same event and want to go through the progression of mental skills coaching together.