You put in countless hours perfecting your skill. Sport Psychology will provide you with mindset strategies to overcome obstacles, recover from injuries, cope with external and internal pressures, and achieve your full potential.

In our program, you will work with a Sport & Performance Psychologist to learn new ways to improve your focus, confidence, and communication with your own customized action plan. Our program is designed to help athletes of all ages and levels, elite performers such as dancers and musicians, and professionals such as coaches or leaders.

Our research-based program includes:

Personal assessment.

  • We will work with you to learn about your personal values, challenges, and goals.

Goal setting and action plan.

  • Set short- and long-term personal goals, then create an action plan designed to build the skills that are important to you.

Peak performance strategies.

  • Learn the fundamentals of the mind/body connection and how to develop the mindset skills necessary for elite performance.
  • We incorporate energy and stress management by identifying which energy zones are optimal for your performance.
  • Master self-talk for better focus and concentration.
  • Develop communication and resilience skills to create habits for success.

Services we offer:

Sport Performance Enhancement

Mindset skills can be used for all athletes of all levels, ages and sports to help reach your full potential. We have experience in addressing issues related to mental skills for athletes and teams, improving athletic performance and developing athletes poise to conquer the challenges and stress related to sports performance. From focus to resilience to confidence to teamwork and communication, Dr. Cypher provides the tools necessary for optimal mental performance in sport.

Psychological Skills for Injury Recovery

Develop the mental skills you need to be resilient in the face of injury and return to your optimal level of performance. Sometimes the biggest obstacle to your comeback from injury is the mental one. With complex injuries in particular, from joint injuries to complicated fractures, the road back to your prime performance can be a challenge. Mental skills training can help you stay focused during your rehabilitation and prepare you to return to competition.

Clinical Services for Athletes

Using individual therapy, we’ll help to address the off-field issues that impact your success in sports. We’ll use practical, Skills-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and ADHD that affect your on-field performance. As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Cypher has the skills and experience to address the issues in daily life that impact your sport experience combined with an understanding of how to manage these issues in sport settings.

Post-Concussion Therapy for Athletes

Through Cognitive Behavioral techniques, we’ll help athletes manage their concussion symptoms to return to competition. Dealing with the effects of concussion can be a challenge for athletes, but Psychological approaches can help you manage both the emotional, physiological, and mental symptoms of a concussion. Dr. Craig Cypher's combined expertise in Sport Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral approaches for building regulation and coping skills provides a potent combination that can work for athletes. Dr. Cypher actively consults with Dr. Jeff Bazarian and the University of Rochester Sports Concussion Clinic on psychological issues for athletes recovering for concussion.

Training and Consultation

Our sport psychology services extends to support parents, athletic administrators, school staff, and mental health professionals to help connect Psychological Science with real world challenges. Dr. Cypher works extensively as a trainer and presenter, providing informative and interactive experiences on a number of topics, including the interaction of technology and emotional health, values-based team development, goal setting for sport and life, understanding and managing the roots of stress and pressure, and coach education in youth sport.

Craig Cypher, Psy.D., CMPC

Craig Cypher, Psy.D., CMPC

Sport Psychologist, University of Rochester

Dr. Cypher is a Sport & Performance Clinical Psychologist. He is the only New York State Licensed Psychologist in the Greater Rochester area to also be recognized as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant®. Dr. Cypher has over a decade of experience working as a psychologist with youth, high school, college, and professional athletes and their families.

Contact Us

Appointments or questions, please call (585) 851-0700 or email FitnessScience@urmc.rochester.edu.

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