Performance Psychology


Performance Psychology

The human mind is an extraordinarily powerful tool. It has the ability to influence every aspect of our existence, including how we think, behave, relate to the world, engage in relationships, view our self-worth, and pursue our goals and dreams. It can either be our greatest asset or our worst enemy. Only we, however, can determine which type of mind we will possess. 

Performance Psychology is the scientific study of how psychological components influence one’s ability to perform in any role and achieve success in any goal, utilized by many of the world’s greatest athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, soldiers, martial artists, performers, etc. It has aided teams to win championships, provided CEO’s with the mindset needed to grow monumental businesses, and transformed individuals of all ages into the best version of themselves.

Based on the belief that we all possess the potential to achieve our greatest ambitions, performance psychology incorporates aspects of positive and humanistic psychology theories. The most prominent of these aspects are that humans are meant to lead fulfilling, exceptional lives and that every individual can acquire the strength and skills necessary to make that possible. 

In other words, performance psychology is just another term or way to say, “how to be a better you”.

Through a diverse range of mental skills and practices, we can alter our mindset to ensure that it serves as our best ally. Mental skills developed through performance psychology include the following:

  • Confidence
  • Goal setting
  • Stress Management
  • Mindfulness
  • Imagery
  • Relaxation
  • Deep Focus

  • Motivation
  • Performance Anxiety Management
  • Leadership
  • Identity
  • Self-Worth
  • Communication
  • Peak Performance 

Clients who engage in the practice and maintenance of these mental skills experience a diverse collection of benefits. Many find transformation through empowering confidence and self-worth, enhanced performance under pressure, healthier work-life balance, development of clear goals and aspirations, improvement in professional or academic performance, learning how to focus and perform at an optimal level, or simply developing a mentally-tough mindset. The theories and science behind performance psychology hold value for individuals undergoing nearly any personal or professional challenge.

Humans are designed to evolve. We were created to grow and move strongly in the pursuit of our aspirations. Regardless of how a client perceives their strengths or weaknesses in the present, working with a mental health professional who understands your goals can help bring your visions for your future to fruition. 

Please reach out to Aubrey Koel, LCPC for more information or to schedule at