Sport Psychology

Sport psychology services offered:

  • Individual and group therapy sessions
  • Individual and team consultation sessions
  • Family sessions
  • Parent consultations
  • Educational workshops
  • Coach trainings

Common targets of sport psychology treatment:
  • Performance anxiety
  • Depression or burnout symptoms
  • Emotion control problems
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Body image concerns
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Injury recovery                              

Sport psychology FAQs:

What is sport psychology?

  • Sport psychology is the science dedicated to the understanding of behaviors and mental processes in sport settings.

What does a sport psychologist do?

  • Sport psychologists can help athletes and coaches to understand how mental factors affect their performance, and introduce specific strategies to help them strengthen their mental skills.

Outside of his practice, Dr. Kaufman teaches a Sport Psychology course and co-leads a sport psychology research lab at Catholic University in Washington, DC, which has developed an influential treatment for athletes, MSPE.  His team's latest writing on MSPE appears in the new Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness and Dr. Kaufman has recently signed a contract with American Psychological Association publishing to be lead author of an upcoming book about MSPE.  

He has also written articles appearing in the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, NCAA Sport Science Institute Newsletter, and competitor magazine, and been interviewed by The Washington PostWashingtonian, Experience Life, Runner's World, Miami Herald, Pacific Standard, Bethesda Magazine, Connection Newspaper, BBC, and WTOP regarding his sport psychology work.  

Dr. Kaufman now has a consulting relationship with the DC Psyching Team (for distance runners) and Academy One Goalkeeping (for soccer goalkeepers).

On April 28th, 2014, Dr. Kaufman participated in a sport psychology roundtable as a part of the Philadelphia Science Festival.  You can get information about the event here.

Dr. Kaufman is currently accepting new clients in both his Washington, DC and Alexandria offices!  He is a licensed psychologist in Washington, DC and Virginia. 

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