4015 Chain Bridge Road

Suite 2

Fairfax, VA 22030

(703) 272-7554

5100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Suite 300

Washington, DC 20016


Sport Psychology

Sport psychology services offered:

Common targets of sport psychology treatment:

  • Performance anxiety 
  • Stress management
  • Depression or burnout symptoms 
  • Poor motivation 
  • Low confidence
  • 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 help athletes and coaches understand how mental factors affect performance, and introduce specific strategies to help them strengthen their mental skills.

Outside of his practice, Dr. Kaufman taught Sport Psychology and co-led a sport psychology lab at Catholic University in Washington, DC for over a decade.  He is now chief executive officer of the MSPE Institute, providing education and consultation on integrating mindfulness into sport and other performance environments, and co-hosts the Mindful Sport Performance Podcast 

His book, Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement: Mental Training for Athletes and Coaches, published by APA Books is now available, as is the accompanying DVD


Dr. Kaufman also has written sport psychology articles or chapters appearing in

  • Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology
  • Journal of Sport Psychology in Action
  • Mindfulness and Performance
  • Handbook of Mindfulness-Based Programmes
  • Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness and Acceptance in Sport
  • competitor magazine
  • APA Books Blog
  • NCAA Sport Science Institute Newsletter

and been interviewed regarding his sport psychology work by media outlets like

  • The Washington Post 
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Runner's World     
  • RunWashington
  • ABC News 
  • USA Today
  • WTOP     
  • BBC
  • Miami Herald
  • Chicago Tribune 
  • Today
  • Women's Fitness Magazine
  • Swimmer Magazine
  • Super Human Radio
  • Football Network World 
  • High Performance Mindset 
  • Psychwire
  • Experience Life Magazine

He has consulted with the DC Psyching Team, The True Athlete Project, Academy One Goalkeeping, Fairfax County Public Schools, and multiple professional soccer academies, among other organizations.

Dr. Kaufman is accepting new clients in his Washington, DC and Fairfax, Virginia offices.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist and Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC)He is providing teletherapy sessions (he is PSYPACT approved) via video and phone during the coronavirus pandemic.

Contact Me

Free 15-minute phone consultation offered



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