Q: What is sport psychology?

Sport psychology is the study of the psychological and emotional factors that influence and are influenced by sports, exercise, and physical activity. Skills for achieving your athletic goals can be learned, strengthened, and transferred to the rest of your life.

Sport psychology professionals are interested in how participation in sports, exercise, and physical activity may enhance personal development and well-being throughout a lifetime.

Q: Why do people contact a sport psychology professional?

People seek assistance from sport psychology professionals for a number of reasons. The most common reason is to learn techniques to improve performance, but other reasons include learning how to better handle the pressures of competition, or coping with the effects of a serious injury.
Here at Sport Psychology Institute Northwest, we offer these services and more. We see sports as a vehicle for human enrichment. We want to help you reach your potential in sports – and in life. If helping you develop confidence and emotional control results in a superior performance, then great. However, a “win at all costs” attitude is inconsistent with our goals. We believe that it is possible and desirable to have a quality athletic experience without necessarily “winning.” Our ultimate goal is to teach or counsel you to be your own sport psychology coach.

Q: Who works with a sport psychology professional?

Sport psychology isn’t just for professional athletes, or those who have problems. Our clients are people who are committed to improving their mental game and enhancing their experience. Athletes at the professional, college, and high school levels benefit from sport psychology, but our clients also include recreational athletes and non-athletes.  We also work with teams as a “mental game coach” to help them excel. We teach athletes in all sports including golf, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, football, softball, and tennis.