The goal of sport psychology is to promote optimal performance and
aid in improving skills to gain a competitive edge and enhance
motivation toward goal attainment.
To do so, sport psychologists help athletes channel physical
energy by improving the athlete’s ability to be aware of thoughts,
feelings and intentions. The practice of sport psychology acknowledges that sport and exercise is more than overcoming physical barriers- it is also about harnessing the mental aspects of physical activity and having fun.
Sport psychology is a broad discipline that includes:
Mental training (i.e. visualization, relaxation, imagery, challenging negative thinking),
Team building/team cohesion,
Developing pre-performance routines,
Resilience in coping with performance errors,
Finding “the zone”,
Fostering a healthy environment for athletes and coaches,
Enhancing Coach-athlete or athlete-athlete relationships,
Athletic injury and rehabilitation
Promotion of mental and physical well-being.Promotion of mental and physical well-being.
Sport psychology can help “non-athletes” or the average person by:
Achieving optimal performance in other domains such as art, music, theater, business, etc.
Maximizing physical and mental potential
Understanding the health and psychological benefits of exercise
Understanding the psychological and emotional barriers to engaging in healthy activity
Recognizing the value of “play” in everyday routines
Common Psychological Skills in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology:
Anxiety or Energy Management
Attention and Concentration Control (focusing)
Imagery, Visualization, Mental Practice
Generally, no. In order to bill insurance, a diagnostic code must be submitted to your insurance company. Unless there is a clinical issue that is concurrently impacting your ability to perform or fulfill your typical role obligations, fees for sport and performance sessions are out of pocket.
|Initial Sport Psychology/Performance Coaching Assessment||$190 per hour*|
|Individual Sport Psychology/Performance Coaching Sessions||$155 per hour*|
|Sport Psychology Consultation/Team Workshops||Dependent on nature of consultation|
|Missed Sessions||$155 per session|
(*Fees as of 6/10/14 and based on a 55 minute hour. Fees are subject to change. You will be notified in advance if fee schedules change.)
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Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Sport Psychology Consultant
Eipers, A.C. & Spielman, G. L. (n.d.). What is sport psychology? Retrieved from http://www.ginaspielman.com/sports-psych.pdf Association for Applied Sport Psychology. aaasponline.org
Porter, K. (2003). The Mental Athlete. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
United States Department of Health and Human Services. (2004). www.hhs.gov
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