sport & performance psychology

Sport psychology has gained much media attention over the last 20-30 years and is typically associated with professional or Olympic athletics. In fact, sport and performance psychologists work with all levels of performers. Many high performing teams and individuals consistently use mental skills to optimize performance, personal growth, and emotional wellbeing. Some research suggests that performers who consistently use mental skills perform at a higher more consistent level than those who don’t. It is no surprise that elite athletic and business organizations like the NFL, NBA, NCAA, USOC, Google, Apple, and Facebook have all established mental health initiatives for their members.

Sport and performance psychologists are uniquely cross trained in clinical psychology, sport psychology and sport science. We are licensed to address issues ranging from individual and team performance optimization to general mental health and psychological disorders. Often, these concerns overlap and sport and performance psychologists are well equipped to address them as needed.

At Psychology Works of California, we are excited to offer sport and performance psychology services. Dr. Michael Buckle is a retired athlete and coach who specializes in sport and performance psychology. He is a former sport psychologist at Stanford University and has worked with professional, international, and junior developmental athletes and teams. Read More

common areas of sport & performance psychology work

  • Performance anxiety and energy management

  • Attentional focus and concentration strategies

  • Communication

  • Enhancing self-confidence

  • Goal setting

  • Sport-based life skills and character development

  • Imagery, visualization, mental practice and rehearsal strategies

  • Overtraining and burnout

  • Aggression, anger, and violence

  • Leadership training

  • Post-injury / concussion recovery

  • Self-talk

  • Pre / post-performance routines

  • Team building and team cohesion training

  • Stress and time management

  • Motivation

  • Nutrition and eating concerns

  • Substance use

  • Retirement from sports / arts and life transitions

  • Coaching education