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Top 72 Benefits of Psychotherapy and Sports Psychology/Performance Enhancement Training

Special to – October 12, 2018 – Palm Beach, FL – 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:

  1. Relaxation and stress relief.
  2. Clarity in goals and expectations.
  3. A great sense of being heard by another human being.
  4. Being able to talk about things that you might not normally discuss, in a confidential setting.
  5. Reduction of anxiety and worry.
  6. Being able to reduce guilt or process things that are weighing on you heavily.
  7. Gaining confidence and more expectations of success.
  8. Problem solving and seeing a problem in a different light.
  9. Being held accountable to talks and homework assignments to help you improve.
  10. A sense of not being judged, but fully accepted with unconditional positive regard.
  11. Learning to use humor more frequently and see the lighter side of things.
  12. Reducing interpersonal conflict and animosity toward adversaries.
  13. Gaining the peace of mind that you have dealt with an important matter professionally.
  14. Picking up on the energy of the therapist to enhance your own energy or passion.
  15. Having some quite time to self-reflect and see matters more honestly.
  16. Acquiring increased purpose and a sense of mission for your endeavors.
  17. Learning to see the big picture more and not get caught up in the trees.
  18. Setting specific performance goals that are detailed and adhere to proper scientific wisdom.
  19. Beginning to think and act more rationally and less controlled by impulse or reactivity.
  20. The joy of learning more about yourself and what many before us have taught us.
  21. Learning how to bounce back quicker from adversity.
  22. Overcoming thoughts and feelings of depression and sadness.
  23. Achieving greater balance and understanding of your position in life and how to improve it.
  24. Enhancing your focus and concentration with proven techniques.
  25. Learning how to use meditation and imagery to achieve almost anything you put your mind to.
  26. Sleeping better as a result of reducing negative or obsessive thoughts.
  27. Spending a full hour just on yourself, to work through whatever issues are on your mind.
  28. Going back into the past and repairing hurt that you may have or have caused others.
  29. Gaining stability from feelings of mania or unnecessary energy.
  30. Reducing specific phobias or fears that make life more difficult.
  31. Working on long-term personality characteristics that repeatedly cause you grief.
  32. Dealing with the stress of family expectations or holidays.
  33. Learning to become more independent and self-sufficient.
  34. Reducing anger or animosity.
  35. Coping with nervousness and stage fright better.
  36. Discussing sensitive matters of sexual or gender identity.
  37. Working through obsessions or addictions that are holding you back.
  38. Learning to live a healthier life physically.
  39. Becoming less perfectionistic, and more focused on excellence and achievement.
  40. Overcoming a losing streak or series of losses.
  41. Digging deep for motivation when things are looking and feeling flat or bleak.
  42. Reducing thoughts of helplessness or hopelessness.
  43. Dealing with thoughts of death or suicide.
  44. Coping with the death of a loved one.
  45. Managing pain more effectively with coping strategies.
  46. Studying or test taking strategies for schoolwork.
  47. Learning to become more assertive without becoming aggressive, passive or passive aggressive.
  48. Resolving confusion about beliefs or thoughts.
  49. Coping with cultural adjustments or discrimination.
  50. Dealing with dating concerns or concerns about sexual behavior.
  51. Managing eating disorders.
  52. Coping with financial loss or management issues.
  53. Working through head injuries or neurological problems after an accident.
  54. Dealing with issues of homesickness.
  55. Finding ways to compensate for learning disabilities or ADHD.
  56. Overcoming feelings of loneliness.
  57. Getting along better with teammates or co-workers.
  58. Managing any number of physical problems or disabilities.
  59. Coping with a problem pregnancy.
  60. Overcoming procrastination and learning to be more inspired for your work.
  61. Dealing with rape or unwanted sexual activity issues.
  62. Coping better with a religious or spiritual concern.
  63. Learning to overcome shyness.
  64. Getting ready for game day competition with sharp goals and brief imagery sessions.
  65. Improving training and practice conditions in sports.
  66. Winning the impression management battle with coaches and bosses.
  67. Dealing better with success and winning.
  68. Gaining a more positive overall attitude.
  69. Improving in areas of sportsmanship.
  70. Learning to communicate more openly and effectively.
  71. Changing self-talk and the internal dialogue for greater success.
  72. Coping better with financial windfalls and sudden wealth.

I hope you have enjoyed this gift from the world of sports psychology!

Culture Change Speeches and Consultation for Corporations and Sports Teams

Sports Psychology Special Feature – Culture Change Speeches and Consultation for Corporations & Sports Teams – Mental Performance Inc – October 8,2015 – Invite Dr. John F. Murray to speak at your next company or team meeting. He will inspire your group and demonstrate the factors he has used for years to help top athletes and teams to develop mental skills to the highest level possible for excellence and success.

Dr. Murray’s expertise over the past 18 years since getting the PhD has been to help teams in sports and business change culture to become more competitive and successful. Clients include the world’s largest global real estate firm, countless businesses and CEOs, the prestigious Saddlebrook Golf Academy where he now consults twice monthly, the Evert Tennis Academy, Olympic athletes, high school and college athletes, and pro athletes and teams in all sports including the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA.

While speeches, seminars and dinner discussions are very helpful and inspiring, Dr. Murray also believes that the best successes come from working with one individual at a time, and in small or large groups as necessary, but the one-on-one mental coaching and clinical psychology intervention has produced best results.

Dr. Murray conducts individual mental skills evaluations and one-on-one consultation to develop leadership skills and help people become the absolute best mentally that is possible. The best way to gain the most competitive and mentally strong leaders, whether in sports or business, is to do this work consistently with a top professional over a long period of time. Dr. Murray has a history of under-promising, but greatly over-delivering, and his career speaks for itself.

Thank you for your considering this culture change proposal for your team or organization. Dr. Murray will be happy to discuss rates and scheduling for speeches or consultation with you further. Call 561-596-9898.

I hope you have enjoyed this special offer from the world of sports psychology.

Looking Back and Forward: Always More for the Client

Special to – Hello from sports psychologist Dr. John F. Murray. Hope you all had a nice Easter or Passover weekend! In this blog, I’d like to reflect back on the past 15 years and talk a little more about sports psychology and the future. One advancement that I have made recently is to put clients on an indiviudalized data collection package to analyze their performances and shape a questionnaire to provide state of the art feedback. It is very exciting and if you are just getting started with me, you are part of this evolution. Clients who have seen me in the past are enjoying this advantage too when they come back in.

Let’s look back. It was late in 1999 that I finished my post-doctoral training requirements, passed the Florida state licensing exam, and began working as one of a handful of legitimate and licensed clinical and sports psychologists in America. Having jumped through so many graduate school hoops and rings of fire, I considered applying for the job as the dolphin at Sea World. Since my earliest clinical experiences in the NFL included working with players on our long struggling Miami Dolphins, I was definitely considering Sea World.

All kidding aside, I was thrilled to be in private practice, seeing clients both here in South Florida and worldwide by phone, including some of the best athletes and teams in the world. I had begun this journey at age 30 and by 36 had transformed a career in international tennis coaching into an even more exciting and meaningful profession targeted at helping a wider range of athletes and teams refine their mental approach to competition while dealing better with a multitude of potential distractions.

Now 15 years later and in my early 50s, I wonder where the time has gone but can honestly say that I would not have changed a thing. I love what I do and have been privileged to collaborate on so many meaningful missions that I could never even begin to share a small fraction of them in a brief article. What I would like to share today, however, are a couple of the lessons I’ve learned in this past decade and a half, and also state my vision for the future.

Lesson 1

The Need for Restraint and Patience Along with Passion

When I first started, the media as well as some professional teams immediately jumped on the bandwagon, saw the huge opportunity with sports psychology, and quickly accepted my proposals and story ideas. It was overwhelming at times. I was thrilled to be on the cutting edge and to have the new challenges of developing a private practice and working with pro athletes. However, along with that excitement and my total belief in the profession, I might have been a little too eager to seize every opportunity, jump in, take on all challenges, and even push hard to effect change at the organizational level.

The truth is that a lot of people were not ready for change and most are still not ready today. While I clearly saw the need then (and still do today) of having a sports psychologist in the clubhouse of every professional sports franchise, others were not ready then and most are still not ready today. When I started, I figured that by 2015 having a sports psychologist on the roster of every professional sports franchise would be as commonplace as the iconic team dentist on every hockey team in the NHL. I was way wrong.

What I did not anticipate was how slow major change takes place, and how most people would much rather keep the status quo intact even at their own detriment. While there are a number of reasons for this, that is another story saved for another day. So 15 years later, I have learned to retain the intensity and passion in my work, but to slow down a little more in my fervor to transform sports into a mental training enterprise. Athletes and teams find me today when they are ready, not when I am ready. It’s the same with individual clients or students in any field that learning never begins until a true audience appears and is completely ready. It will probably be 30 more years before every sports franchise finally understands and realizes the tremendous benefits of having a sports psychologist on staff, and I am ok with that. Those who see the light will prosper while those who don’t will suffer, and I’m not responsible for their wake up call. I’ve stopped worrying about it. Restraint and patience are virtues that I now hold onto more than ever.

Lesson 2

There is No Substitute for True Experience

In the beginning months of my practice, I was loaded with ideas, methods and solutions, and eager to share them all. What I was lacking as a sports psychologist, however, was true experience. Sure, I had been through some of the finest graduate training available, had worked for years in a cutting edge psychology clinic and before that worldwide as a coach and athlete, but the truth is that as a sports psychologist I was a neophyte. I hope that I did not hurt anyone in those early months with my inexperience, but I’ve since learned that while knowledge and ideas are necessary in any professional toolbox, they take a major backseat to experience and clinical judgment.

When you purchase a book , CD, or DVD you buy ideas and knowledge and the world is already filled with those. Hiring a true sports psychologist with experience dances circles around plain knowledge. With experience hopefully comes wisdom, and with many rich clinical experiences to draw from in helping a client, there emerges a professional perspective that is severely lacking in the beginning professional.

This is why there is a stark difference between what any one of hundreds or even thousands of psychology professors or researchers might be able to offer client in a side practice, compared with someone who lives, breathes and practices the profession daily. It comes down to clinical savvy, key decision-making, and often that subtle avoidance of that “frenzy to cure,” as it was so aptly described by my internship coordinator many years ago. Jumping in eagerly to deliver a solution is often disastrous for the client. Wisdom is hard to come by in any profession without experience. With wisdom comes better clinical decisions, greater confidence on the part of the provider, and an overall more efficient process of improvement for the client. Knowing what not to do is often just as important as what to do, so the value of true experience cannot be overemphasized in sports psychology.

Vision for the Future of Sports Psychology

The future of sports psychology is bright because the need to succeed in competitive situations will never go away. In fact, competition and performance only continues to increase over time, and it will always do so with evolution of training methods, nutrition and strength training as just a few examples. This profession of mental training is the best at preparing people for success, training the mind, developing solid routines, and operating as a practitioner who informs his or her practice with solid science to stay cutting edge. As I indicated earlier in this blog, it is all further enhanced with the science of great data collection and statistical analysis!

Coaches and administrators must realize that sports psychologists are not coming to take their jobs away or create havoc. I can no better call plays or develop a defensive game plan for the Dallas Cowboys than my 11-year-old daughter, and I do not want to do so. I am trained and experienced in a profession that is vastly underutilized and has a right to exist because it helps others succeed. Coaches and administrators have no time or energy to spend the countless hours needed to assess or train the minds of their athletes, and I have no time to go on recruiting trips, negotiate salaries, wrap ankles, or perform surgery. Teamwork is truly the key to success in anything. When sports teams and franchises eventually wake up to the necessity of a solid mental training component in their program, they will realize that the sports psychologist is just one essential piece to a complex puzzle. I am too busy and involved in my own work as a sports psychologist to have the time (and I certainly do not have the knowledge) to try my hat as head coach, athletic trainer or massage therapist. However, together as a team we all prosper to make a better team.

Let me know if you want to get started now, or come in again for a fresh new round! Hope that you have enjoyed this brief glimpse into the world of sports psychology.

John F Murray’s Office, Books & Method

Enjoy a set of three photos that clearly depicts three aspects of my professional practice, namely, my physical office location in Palm Beach, Florida, the books I have published, and the method I use in helping athletes achieve greater success as shown in a simply graphic!

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How Dr. John F. Murray will Help You

Dr. John F. Murray offers a cutting edge service to many groups and individuals:

For Teams and Athletes:

Sports Psychology Evaluations and Feedback
Mental Skills Training
Team Presentations and Workshops
Team-building Strategies and Exercises

For Individuals, Couples and Families:

Personal Psychological Evaluations and Feedback
Psychological Counseling
Positive Habit Formation
Diet and Exercise Counseling
Social/People Skills Training
Academic Improvement

For Corporations and Business Leaders:

Executive and Organizational Evaluations and Feedback
Executive, Management and Organizational Consultation
Corporate Speaking and Workshops
Team-building Strategies and Exercises
Improved Performance for Sales Teams and Leaders
Nonprofit Leadership Evaluations and Funding Advisory Services

Thank you for stopping by and good luck utilizing all the benefits of counseling services and sports psychology! Call me today at 561-596-9898 or send an email to