Sport and Performance Psychology

A licensed sport psychologist has achieved formal state board qualifications as a licensed psychologist, with additional specialized training in sport and exercise science and/or other applicable areas of human performance. When you choose to work with a sport psychologist (as contrasted with a "mental coach" or "mental skills consultant") you are making a choice that helps to ensure the highest level of training, and adherence to the legal, ethical, and privacy standards adopted by the clinician's state psychology licensure board. Credentials matter!


Although there is variation based on individual background and training, sport psychologists generally offer the following types of services. Many of these services can also be applied to performing arts, business, and optimal functioning in everyday life.

  • Managing psychological aspects of sports injury

  • Navigating transition in athletics

  • Managing performance anxiety

  • Reducing mental blocks (avoiding “choking”)

  • Getting in the Zone (Achieving the Zone of Optimal Functioning)

  • Promoting mental toughness

  • Facilitating team cohesion/dynamics

Luke Patrick, Ph.D., BCB

Licensed Psychologist

Board Certified, Biofeedback (General)

Experience & Qualifications

2018 - Present

Team Psychologist, Portland Trail Blazers

2007 - Present

Licensed Psychologist, Wildwood Psychiatric Resource Center, Beaverton, OR


M.S., Kinesiology

Kansas State University


B.S., Psychology

Four-year NCAA Division 1 track athlete

Drake University


Licensed Psychologist, Northwest Occupational Medicine Center, Tigard, OR


Psychologist Resident, Northwest Occupational Medicine Center, Tigard, OR


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology

University of Iowa

On cultural competence in delivery of psychological services:

For psychological therapy to provide meaningful and lasting benefit, the therapeutic alliance must be founded on trust. This trust necessitates a culturally informed approach by the psychologist. Cultural awareness involves recognition of the ways that factors such as ethnicity, spirituality, socioeconomics, sexuality, and even sports culture influence a client's world view and ways of healing. The diversity and richness of these factors is something to be not only acknowledged in psychological therapy, but honored and celebrated. Culturally-informed therapy is an experience of ongoing learning between clinician and client.

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