About Sport Psychology
A licensed Sport Psychologist has achieved formal State Board
qualifications as a clinical or counseling psychologist, with additional, specialized training in sport and exercise science.
When an athlete or coach chooses to
work with a licensed Sport Psychologist, they are
making a choice that helps to ensure the highest level of training, and adherence to the legal and ethical standards adopted
by their state’s psychology licensure board.
Although there is variation based on individual
background and training, Sport Psychologists generally offer services that address such concerns as:
- Managing psychological aspects of athletic injury
- Navigating career transition in athletics
- Managing performance anxiety
- Reducing mental blocks (avoiding “choking”)
- Getting in the Zone (Achieving the Zone of Optimal
- Promoting mental
- Facilitating team
- Services may take the form of:
- Educational seminars
- Group/team consultations
- Individual sessions with a coach or athlete
Service duration and format vary widely,
and can include:
- Brief, “one-shot” consultation
ala carte (fee-for-service) arrangements*
- Contracted retainer fee services
Note: Sport Psychology services are covered by insurance under some circumstances. Inquire
with your provider.
Dr. Luke Patrick first developed a passion for sport
psychology as an NCAA Division I track athlete at Drake University. His interest led him to a Master’s degree
in Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Science) at Kansas State University, and then to a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology
at the University of Iowa. Additionally, he is board certified in biofeedback, a powerful tool for helping athletes
improve self-regulation and achieve optimal performance.
Dr. Patrick has worked with teams and individual athletes at the high school,
collegiate, and professional levels. He has a great enthusiasm for sport and human movement, and is repeatedly awed
and humbled by the capacity of his clientele to achieve optimal functioning through basic, grounded psychological principles.
He lives in Portland, Oregon and enjoys exploring the great Northwest with his wife, daughters, and Coho the dog.
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Licensed Psychologist, State of Oregon
Board Certified in Biofeedback