Sports psychologists are becoming more and more popular among athletes seeking to improve their athletic performance as well as their lives. Sports psychologists do this by teaching the athlete how to maximize the mental/emotional aspect of sports performance as well as cope with challenges off the court such as injuries, money, and fame. Various skills are taught to athletes in sports psychology including visualization, relaxation, setting goals, awareness, self-talk, concentration, control, and confidence.
Dr. Whitman’s relevant experience as a Sports Psychologist include being a former nationally ranked athlete, former tennis coach, sport psychology instructor at UCLA as well as the author of a sport psychology book, A Psychological Analysis of Tennis. He helps with key aspects of athletic performance including focus, discipline, negative thoughts and coping with mistakes. He has witnessed athletes from professional to college to junior to amateur enjoy their sport more and perform significantly better. While his experience as an athlete and as a coach was in tennis, he has worked with athletes from a variety of sports including golf, soccer, basketball and swimming. One advantage of being a sport psychologist is that Dr. Whitman can apply these concepts with non-athletes as well. At times the athlete needs more traditional psychotherapy which Dr. Whitman is able to provide.