72 Benefits of Sports Psychology & Psychotherapy


Special to JohnFMurray.com – November 18, 2018 – How many of you have actually accessed general psychotherapy? How about sports psychology performance enhancement services? I offer both these services. This is often called one-stop shopping, so that you can work on your mental health/well being while also focusing on more specific sports or business-related needs that are proven to give you a decisive competition advantage.

I have never quite written an article like this, but I’ve noticed that a lot of people enjoy articles that succinctly summarize Top lists, Best widgets, or Greatest ideas to help them in whatever they are doing.

In this same spirit, I list below 72 specific ways in which you can benefit from either general psychotherapy or sports psychology/mental coaching.

Enjoy these TOP 72:

Relaxation and stress relief.

Clarity in goals and expectations.

A great sense of being heard by another human being.

Being able to talk about things that you might not normally discuss, in a confidential setting.

Reduction of anxiety and worry.

Being able to reduce guilt or process things that are weighing on you heavily.

Gaining confidence and more expectations of success.

Problem solving and seeing a problem in a different light.

Being held accountable to talks and homework assignments to help you improve.

A sense of not being judged, but fully accepted with unconditional positive regard.

Learning to use humor more frequently and see the lighter side of things.

Reducing interpersonal conflict and animosity toward adversaries.

Gaining the peace of mind that you have dealt with an important matter professionally.

Picking up on the energy of the therapist to enhance your own energy or passion.

Having some quiet time to self-reflect and see matters more honestly.

Acquiring increased purpose and a sense of mission for your endeavors.

Learning to see the big picture more and not get caught up in the trees.

Setting specific performance goals that are detailed and adhere to proper scientific wisdom.

Beginning to think and act more rationally and less controlled by impulse or reactivity.

The joy of learning more about yourself and what many before us have taught us.

Learning how to bounce back quicker from adversity.

Overcoming thoughts and feelings of depression and sadness.

Achieving greater balance and understanding of your position in life and how to improve it.

Enhancing your focus and concentration with proven techniques.

Learning how to use meditation and imagery to achieve almost anything you put your mind to.

Sleeping better as a result of reducing negative or obsessive thoughts.

Spending a full hour just on yourself, to work through whatever issues are on your mind.

Going back into the past and repairing hurt that you may have or have caused others.

Gaining stability from feelings of mania or unnecessary energy.

Reducing specific phobias or fears that make life more difficult.

Working on long-term personality characteristics that repeatedly cause you grief.

Dealing with the stress of family expectations or holidays.

Learning to become more independent and self-sufficient.

Reducing anger or animosity.

Coping with nervousness and stage fright better.

Discussing sensitive matters of sexual or gender identity.

Working through obsessions or addictions that are holding you back.

Learning to live a healthier life physically.

Becoming less perfectionistic, and more focused on excellence and achievement.

Overcoming a losing streak or series of losses.

Digging deep for motivation when things are looking and feeling flat or bleak.

Reducing thoughts of helplessness or hopelessness.

Dealing with thoughts of death or suicide.

Coping with the death of a loved one.

Managing pain more effectively with coping strategies.

Studying or test taking strategies for schoolwork.

Learning to become more assertive without becoming aggressive, passive or passive aggressive.

Resolving confusion about beliefs or thoughts.

Coping with cultural adjustments or discrimination.

Dealing with dating concerns or concerns about sexual behavior.

Managing eating disorders.

Coping with financial loss or management issues.

Working through head injuries or neurological problems after an accident.

Dealing with issues of homesickness.

Finding ways to compensate for learning disabilities or ADHD.

Overcoming feelings of loneliness.

Getting along better with teammates or co-workers.

Managing any number of physical problems or disabilities.

Coping with a problem pregnancy.

Overcoming procrastination and learning to be more inspired for your work.

Dealing with rape or unwanted sexual activity issues.

Coping better with a religious or spiritual concern.

Learning to overcome shyness.

Getting ready for game day competition with sharp goals and brief imagery sessions.

Improving training and practice conditions in sports.

Winning the impression management battle with coaches and bosses.

Dealing better with success and winning.

Gaining a more positive overall attitude.

Improving in areas of sportsmanship.

Learning to communicate more openly and effectively.

Changing self-talk and the internal dialogue for greater success.

Coping better with financial windfalls and sudden wealth.


Dr. John F. Murray is a well-known author, speaker, clinical psychologist and sports psychologist. Known as “the most quoted psychologist in America,” Dr. Murray provides mental game coaching for all athletes in all sports, speaking and executive coaching services for the corporate world, and general clinical psychology services to all of his clients. Dr. Murray is a rare authentic sports psychologist. He authored the book Smart Tennis: How to Play and Win the Mental Game (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Sons) in 1999 and it is still selling well. He developed the Mental Performance Index for football which adds precision and standardization to team performance analysis. Tennis Week called Dr. Murray “The Roger Federer of Sports Psychologists” and The Washington Post called him “The Freud of Football.” Sports psychology is Dr. John F Murray’s passion and profession and he also loves helping non-athletes achieve greater mental health, and business executives become more successful. Read through this website to learn how high performance mental coaching, counseling, and workshops will help you in business, sports, or life.