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    What’s Basketball Psychology?

    There are many psychology tools you can apply in basketball. Basketball psychology is the study of a person’s behavior in a sport or sports-related activity. It is a specialization that seeks to understand psychological/mental factors that affect performance in sports, physical activity, and exercise. You’ll learn goal setting, relaxation, visualization, self-talk, concentration, confidence, using rituals, attribution training, awareness and control.  Read more about Basketball Psychology

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    Mental Game Coaching for Basketball

     At Living Well Centre in the Sport Psychology Division, we help athletes improve their mental skills needed to perform well in practice and in competition.  We help athletes by identifying thoughts and/or fears that limit their performance.  Basketball Psychology Coach D. Coffey, MA, LPA, MGCP is a Psychologist who specializes in sport and fitness psychology, mental game coaching, and mental health services. Read more about Basketball Psychology Coaching

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    Basketball Psychology Programs

    Our team will provide you with the skills needed to reach Peak Performance in basketball. We offer: On-on-One Mental Game Coaching, Team Mental Game Coaching, Coaching Consultation, and Coaching for Parents. We offer three, six or twelve month packages. Our mental game coaching programs are ideal for serious athletes who want to uncover the mental game barries that limit their performance. Click here to learn more about our Mental Coaching Programs.


Mental Toolkit for Success


“Once you’ve done the mental work, there comes a point where you have to throw yourself into the action and put your heart on the line” – Phil Jackson Building mental toughness is about regulating your emotions, managing your thoughts, and behaving in a positive manner—despite your circumstances. Basketball Mental toughness involves more than just willpower; it requires hard work and … [Read more...]


The Mental Edge


“Mental toughness is believing, without a doubt, that whatever happens, you got this” – Tim Grover When Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers publicly talked about how the help from a sports psychologist contributed to his success on the court, the media took that as evidence that he was "crazy.” That was fair from the truth. Professional athletes like Artest would be crazy not to seek help … [Read more...]


Pre-Game Routines Builds Confidence


“Long term success is a direct result of what you achieve every day.” – Rick Pitino Basketball is not an easy game and just like life, it comes at you from different angles all the time. Some days are better than others and it's very difficult to expect that you will be equally consistent mentally, physically, and emotionally every single day whenever there's a game to play. The mental … [Read more...]


Tips for Parents & Coaches


“Some parents would rather have their son get all-state than his team win the state championship” – Don Meyer Most parents—indeed, all parents—want their children to succeed in youth sports. Parents would like their children to be stars. That’s normal. And they want to be involved in their child’s—sport activities. That, too, is normal. In fact, parental involvement is a critical element in … [Read more...]


Practice Gratitude-Improve Mental Game


“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful”--- John Wooden "Stop feeling sorry for yourself," you are often told. And while it can be hard to avoid self-pity entirely, mentally strong athletes choose to exchange self-pity for gratitude. Whether you choose to write a few sentences in a gratitude journal, or simply take a moment to … [Read more...]