On this episode of the show, I'm interviewing sport psychologist, Dr. Dirk Downing. Dr. Downing is the mental performance coach at Zoning In Peak Performance Coaching.
Dr. Dirk Downing grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri where he pursued an active lifestyle through golf, swimming, diving, baseball, basketball, and football.These experiences led Dirk to a career in Sport Psychology.
Dr. Dirk offers sport psychology consulting based on the proven effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This approach teaches individuals how to change thoughts that hinder their performance. Athletes of all skill levels can be unaware of how their thinking can impact performance. Given that every athlete is a little different, he provides a tailored approach that focuses on only the relevant mental skills and strategies necessary to improve performance.
Dr. Dirk knows each athlete is different. Each athlete requires and deserves an individualized consulting style. In his practice, Dr. Dirk works with clients closely to implement these mental skills. Once learned, Dr. Dirk believes in working with athletes on game & sport specific scenarios where these skills can be placed into action.