Like athletes, years of physical training can prepare musicians, actors, dancers, gymnasts, or other non-sport performers for the athletic and technical demands of competition and performance, but psychological training is equally important and often overlooked.


Their coaches and teachers recognize the importance of goal setting, concentration, and anxiety management, but sometimes, vague suggestions like “be confident” or “relax” cause performers to become frustrated if they don’t understand how to achieve these mental states.


Dr. Tamara M. Harris applies the proven techniques of sport psychology to help non-sport performers gain new levels of mental toughness. These techniques include:


  • Goal Setting: By clearly defining a set of specific goals that focus on process improvements that you can control.

  • Competitive Focus: Judges, audience reactions, floor conditions, and music can all be distractions. By focusing only on what matters to you, body mechanics or music tempo, your focus remains constant.

  • Anxiety Management: Even the most experienced competitors/performers have some anxiety. Learning key techniques to dispel tension and anxiety is critical.


Contact TH Sport Psychology Consulting for more information on how you can better prepare for competition or performance using these techniques.

Sport Psychology for Non-Sports Performers

“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.”                        - Norman Ralph Augustine, Aerospace Engineer

Dancers, musicians, gymnasts, and other non-sport performers find psychological training equally important as the technical and physical.