Sports Psychology, Peak Performance and Overcoming Fears & Blocks

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Talk to Dr.G one-on-one and let him personally coach you through that slump, fear or block and help you to develop mental toughness and perform like your old self again!


Many performance problems are deeply rooted in past athletic injuries or upsetting sports experiences. Dr. G. is one of the only sports psychology consultants in the world who effectively works with these deeper roots and uses a combination of techniques including Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Brainspotting



When you compete …Are you your own worst enemy? Does your head seem to always get in the way of your performance? Do negative thinking, self-doubts & excessive nervousness tie you up in knots? Are fears and blocks preventing you from moving up to the next level? Have you suddenly lost the ability to perform like your old self?

Skype sessions with Dr.G will have you back on track and performing to your potential.

If your answer to any of these questions is "yes,” then I can help you get back to performing like your old self again. As an internationally known expert in the field of applied sports psychology, I specialize in working with athletes in all sports and at every level who are struggling with seemingly mysterious, repetitive performance problems like the "yips," debilitating anxiety and fears, slumps and a loss of the ability to perform in your sport at the level you once did. I help athletes better understand where these problems come from and how to get unstuck. As your very own personal head coach, I will teach you how to get yourself back on track, develop mental toughness and avoid future mental traps. 


"I want to thank you again for all your help over the course of my career. I wouldn't have been able to get where I am today without your help in "clean the crap out". It has been like night and day since we started working back in college and I really feel it has been one of the biggest things that has contributed to my success as a professional."

Colin, Goalkeeper


"Just prior to working with Dr. G, my confidence was at an all-time low. I couldn't throw strikes and I was on the verge of giving up on my lifelong goal of playing professional baseball, and to be honest I have to say that I was a bit skeptical that any of this “mental stuff” could really help me. After a number of sessions with Alan he helped me recover my total confidence, focus better and stay calm under pressure. This led to my best year ever as a college pitcher and I am now realizing my dream of playing professional ball with the Atlanta Braves organization."- Mike Roberts, pitcher


Most repetitive performance problems are a result of past upsetting physical and emotional experiences either directly related to your sport or completely unrelated. These include injuries, concussions, scary close calls, collisons as well as emotionally upsetting events like choking, letting the team down or being yelled at or mistrated by a coach. We automatically and unconsciously memorize these "traumatic" experiences and long after the event has been forgotten, the physical and emotional components of these upsetting events remains in our system. The next time we are in any way reminded of these events, (i.e. having to play on the same field or in similar weather conditions) or you're under pressure, then components from the original experience, (images, emotions, physical sensations, fear & anxiety, and negative thinking) break into consciousness and suddenly and for no apparent reason we start feeling a sense of danger inside.

When our nervous system senses this danger, then our biology as mammals takes over. What does this mean? The most important thing to mammals is SURVIVAL and when we're threatened, either externally or internally, our nervous system will automatically click into self-protective response. The most powerful reflex in our body is self-protection and because of that, it will easily trump any trained performance reflexes. Most people understand this self-protection as FIGHT or FLIGHT. However, when we're on the blocks for the start of a race, in the batter's box or on the mound ready for the pitch or getting set to throw a pass, shoot a shot or serve, you can't really fight or flee. So, when a mammal is in a position of danger and self-protection is blocked, then there is a third, default survival position that automatically clicks in: The FREEZE or IMMOBILITY response and suddenly we can't get our body to do what it knows how to do. We can't get ourselves to swim, ski or run faster, go for the roundoff-backhandspring-backtuck, throw the reverse and a half, be aggressive on the mat, throw the ball back to the pitcher or make the play at first!

Without knowing it, the athlete is struggling with a version of POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, (PTSD) that I call SPORTS TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (STSD). Two things have to happen in order to help the athlete get unstuck and back on track, performing like their old self again. First, the athlete needs to learn to tune down their nervous system so that it doesn't continue to sense danger from within. Second, the body memory of these past upsetting experiences has to be addressed and processed out of the athlete's system.

I help the athlete do this by using a combination of SOMATIC EXPERIENCING (SE) AND BRAINSPOTTING, two very powerful techniques that will not only help the athlete get back to performing like their old self again, but will also provide them with very effective mental strategies that will help them take their performance to the next level!


In addition to these techniques, I will also teach the athlete more traditional sports psychology strategies to put in their mental toughness tool box. I will help them:     


  • Recognize and understand the role that they may have been playing in keeping themselves stuck. Some slumps are a result of bad conscious “mental strategies.” That is, you concentrate on the wrong things, make the wrong pictures in your mind and use confidence-eroding self-talk before & during your performance. If these "mental mechanics” are off, you can be one of the best athletes in the world and you'll still perform badly! Mental toughness is enhanced by learning to recognize all these more conscious, mental mistakes.
  • Avoid the “trying harder” trap. Athletes get to where they are by working hard. If something is causing a performance problem, the typical athlete will just put more effort into solving the problem. While this problem solving strategy may work when it comes to learning new technique or getting over a bad habit, it has the opposite effect when the problems are related to your mental mechanics. The normal frustrations that arise when you're slumping tend to cause the athlete to try too hard. However, peak performance can only happen when you're completely relaxed and letting the performance happen. ”Trying harder" or forcing yourself to play better is the game of diminishing returns: The harder you try the worse you'll do.
  • Get unstuck!  It doesn't matter if you're a batter in a slump, a swimmer or runner who goes faster in practice than in the big races, a gymnast, diver or skater who is blocked by fears or a particular skill, a soccer, lacrosse or football player who can't seem to let go of his mistakes, a basketball player who can't seem to find his jump shot or any struggling athlete in any sport. The aim of this third step is to not just help you eliminate the problem, but to leave you with the mental toughness skills which will help you avoid these kinds of difficulties in the future. Simply put, when you're done with your training with me you'll be far more mentally tougher than when you started.

What will you learn? Depending on your particular problems you'll develop the following mental strategies: How to recognize and avoid the mental traps that catch most athletes; How to effectively handle and master performance fears; How to tune down your nervous system. How to deal with self-doubts and negative thinking so that they do not negatively effect your performance; How to quickly rebound from mistakes, errors, bad calls & bad breaks; Confidence building strategies; Staying calm the nights before and day of a big competition; How to concentrate on what's important and block everything else out; How to use mental rehearsal to effectively prepare for big performances, master fears and handle pressure; Maintaining winning motivation when the going gets tough; Using goal setting to lift the level of your training; and more!

If you have a performance difficulty
or you're consistently underachieving
call me today at (413) 549-1085.

Ashley and I wanted to thank you for all your help. She made the Regional team and for once played in try-outs the way she knows she's capable of. She told me that she didn't make herself nervous and the tools that you taught her worked like a charm. While I'm thrilled that she's playing good soccer again, as a mother the more important thing is that she's happy again and feeling good about herself. Thanks for everything.- B.L. mother of 15-year old soccer player, MI.

"Dr. G. I have noticed a marked improvement in Charlene's attitude on many different levels. Not only sailing, but her schoolwork and now her running. I am very pleased with what I have seen and credit your working with her to guide her. She has a newly found focus and drive that is terrific!" -D.H., Florida, father of 14-year old sailor

"I just want you to know how much we appreciate what you have done for Kaye. She had such a great Championships and this was after having a major disappointment in her first event. In the past this would have set the tone for the whole meet and Kaye would have let it bring her down. Not this time! She knew exactly how to let her disappointment go and her attitude was amazing. She said that you taught her how to be mentally tough and now we can really see it! You've helped Kaye so much and we can't thank you enough!" 
 K. M., mother of 16-year-old swimmer

"Dr. Goldberg. After the 5 sessions my son spent with you last winter his performance improved dramatically. David began getting more out of his practices. His race performance slump came to a rapid end! His grades improved as his power of concentration increased. As we start the new season I am confident that David will continue to make excellent use of the mental toughness tools you've taught him. Thanks ever so much for all your help. We have a completely new kid in the house!" D.M., Missouri, mother of track and field athlete

If you have a performance difficulty
or you're consistently underachieving
call me today at (413) 549-1085.


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