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Madison Sports Psychologist 

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Whether you're a middle school athlete feeling the pressure to perform or a collegiate athlete at the University of Wisconsin who's looking to get to the top of their game, I'm here to help. As a seasoned sport psychologist, my mission is to enhance your mental resilience, mental health, and overall well-being, unlocking your full potential. Sport psychology is a field that delves into the psychological aspects of athletic performance, offering a range of strategies to optimize mental strength, focus, and emotional control. Working with a sport psychologist can provide a variety of benefits, from managing stress and anxiety to improving concentration and confidence through mental skills training. By addressing the mental aspects of your sport, I can create a tailored plan to navigate challenges, setbacks, and self-doubt, ultimately fostering a healthier and more enjoyable athletic experience. Every athlete encounters mental hurdles on their journey, and seeking the guidance of a sport psychologist is not a sign of weakness but a commitment to personal growth and success. Reach out today to learn more about how I can collaborate to help you reach peak performance and rediscover the joy in your sport.

Meet Dr. Matthew Myrvik, Ph.D., CMPC | Sports psychologist in Madison

For over a decade, I have dedicated myself to delivering sport psychology services to athletes throughout the Madison area, positioning myself as a seasoned professional in the fields clinical psychology and sports performance. Holding a license in clinical psychology enables me to extend comprehensive mental health and wellness support to athletes, while my specialized education in sport psychology, coupled with my certification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, uniquely equip me to address both psychological and performance-related aspects of athlete well-being. My expertise spans various levels of competition, offering invaluable assistance in mental health, player wellness, injury recovery, and performance enhancement. Recognizing the significance of team dynamics, I collaborate with teams to cultivate a positive culture conducive to success. I recently established Excel Sport Psychology to broaden my impact, providing virtual sport psychology services across nearly 38 states. Through my tailored services, athletes have consistently realized their true potential, achieving sustained excellence and profound happiness in their pursuits.

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Sports psychology services I offer

In the pursuit of helping athletes achieve their optimal potential, sport psychologists like myself, specializing in the mental aspects of sports, strive to provide a comprehensive assortment of services that extend beyond traditional psychological approaches. Here are a few of the services that I offer:

  • Mental Health Support:

    • Individual Counseling: Addressing mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, or stress that athletes may encounter.

    • Stress Management: Teaching coping mechanisms and stress-reduction techniques to the unique demands of an athlete's life and career.

  • Player Wellness:

    • Life Transitions: Supporting athletes through various life stages and transitions, including retirement or the shift from youth to college to professional status.

    • Sport-Life Balance: Assisting athletes in finding balance between their sporting career and personal life to reduce the risk of burnout.

    • Identity Exploration: Navigating athletes through the exploration of their identity beyond the boundaries of their athletic identity, reducing the risk of burnout.

  • Injury Recovery:

    • Psychological Rehabilitation: Collaborating with healthcare professionals to guide athletes through mental aspects of rehabilitation, aiding in the recovery from injuries.

    • Resilience Building: Facilitating athletes in bouncing back from setbacks and creating a positive mindset crucial for effective rehabilitation.

  • Performance Enhancement: 

    • Goal Setting: Collaborating with athletes to establish realistic and motivating goals, constructing a roadmap for success.

    • Visualization Techniques: Employing guided imagery to enhance performance by mentally rehearsing successful outcomes.

    • Focus and Concentration: Implementing strategies to improve focus and concentration during high-pressure situations.

    • Performance Anxiety Management: Equipping athletes with tools to manage and alleviate performance anxiety, ensuring peak performance when it matters most.

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    • Working with Teams: Fostering effective communication, cohesion, and collective goal alignment to enhance team dynamics.

Why choose Excel Sports Psychology 

With over a decade of experience, I've dedicated my career to providing sport psychology services to athletes throughout Wisconsin and the Madison area.


As a seasoned professional situated at the crossroads of clinical psychology and sports performance, I've evolved from a traditional clinic to establish Excel Sport Psychology, aiming to deliver superior services.


The virtual telehealth platform of Excel Sport Psychology represents a distinctive and highly effective approach to sport psychology, setting it apart from conventional in-person clinics. Its exceptional qualities make it the preferred choice for athletes seeking performance enhancement, injury rehabilitation, mental health, and wellness services.


Here are several compelling reasons why Excel Sport Psychology stands out:

  • Integrated Expertise:

    • As a licensed clinical psychologist, I bring a wealth of experience in mental health and wellness services for athletes. 

  • Specialized knowledge:

    • My additional education in sport psychology and certification as a CMPC through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology provide expertise in athlete injury and performance enhancement.


  • Comprehensive support:

    • Working with athletes at all levels, I offer tailored assistance in mental health, player wellness, injury recovery, and performance enhancement.

  • Team Collaboration:

    • Recognizing the significance of team culture, I collaborate with teams, understanding the characteristics essential for success.

  • COllaborative Care:

    • Given my history of working in Sports Medicine, I have experience collaborating with physical therapists, athletic trainers, and sports medicine physicians in athlete injury recovery.

  • National Reach:

    • Having delivered talks to athletes and parents locally and nationally, I recently founded Excel Sport Psychology to expand my reach, offering virtual services in nearly 38 states.

  • Proven Results:

    • My services consistently empower athletes to unlock their potential, leading to sustained excellence and happiness.

FAQs about working with a Madison
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  • How long is a session?
    Individual sessions last 50-60 minutes.
  • What is the cost?
    Individual athlete sessions cost $175 per session.
  • Are sessions covered by Insurance?
    I do not accept direct payments from insurance companies, which means I cannot submit a claim to your insurance provider. While I do not accept insurance, I do work with work with Mentaya, a platform that helps clients get money back on out-of-network therapy sessions. If you have out-of-network benefits, Mentaya will file claims and handle the insurance paperwork to make sure you get reimbursed. They charge a 5% fee per claim and have helped people get thousands of dollars back per year. You can sign up using this link:
  • How do I pay for visits?
    You can pay with a credit card. Some clients also submit receipts for payment under their Health Savings or Flex Spending (HSA/FSA) to pay for services. I strongly recommend checking in with your HSA/FSA provider to ask what specifically you can use those accounts for my services.
  • How often are sessions?
    Athletes are typically seen every 3-4 weeks until goals are met. Goals are often met within 4-5 visits.
  • How many sessions are needed?
    Every athlete is different and the number of session varies based on the main concern, but performance concerns can often be improved within 4-5 sessions.
  • Do I need a referral?
    No referral is needed to be seen.
  • Can you see me where I live?
    Given that my services are virtual, I am not limited to one state. My ability to see athletes in certain states is based on the presenting concern. If the presenting concern is performance-related, I can see athletes anywhere in the United States. If the concern is mental health, I am licensed through PSYPACT to do tele therapy is 32 states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).
  • What happens in a session?
    During the first visit, I will ask questions to get to know you and your goals for working together around your sport or concern. A plan will be set up to meet your goals and I will teach you a variety of strategies to get to your plan. Many people feel that we will only talk about feelings, but I am focused not just on feelings, but on teaching strategies to get you to where you want to be. Less talk and more action is what I believe.
  • Can parents join in the session?
    My preference is to have a combination of athlete and athlete/parent. The majority of the work will be done with the athlete alone as this allows the athlete to be the most comfortable. However, I feel that parents also need to be involved as they provide valuable information and can help reinforce learning at home.
  • Who benefits from sport psychology?
    My belief is that anyone that wants to be better would benefit from sport psychology. As we strive to be better at anything, we should (1) be only to any ideas that can help with improvement and (2) understand that sometimes we are hard on ourselves during the journey. Many athletes feel that you only need sport psychology when you are struggling. I feel you need sport psychology always as we can always work on improving.
  • Do you offer services for Sport Organizations?
    I have provided services to serves athletes, teams, and sport organizations for several years. This can be start out as a team with added individual athlete support as needed.
  • What is the age range of people you serve?
    I provide services to individuals ranging from 10-years-old through 35-years-old.
  • Can you provide mental health services?
    Given my training as a clinical psychology, I am able to be licensed in the state of Wisconsin. This allows me to provide mental health services.
  • How do I find a "qualified" Sport Psychologist?
    I believe that a provider needs to see an athlete as a "whole" meaning sports and mind. To effectively treat athletes, a provider should show knowledge (competency) in both areas. To show knowledge in mental health, a provider needs to be have a graduate level degree in counseling, psychology, or social work (PhD, PsD, MSW, LPC) and be licensed by a state to provide counseling/therapy. To show knowledge in sport, a provider should have a Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC) certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology meaning they have taking coursework, mentoring, and tests to show sufficient knowledge. However, within the field of sport psychology, there are providers that are licensed and "played" a sport that say they provider sport psychology services. And, there are CMPCs or athletes that do performance, but cannot provide mental health support. To provide the best level of support to an athlete, a provider needs to carry the education in counseling/psychology, be licensed to do therapy, and carry a CMPC. I may be a little biased as this is what I have!​
  • Do you work with people throughout Wisconsin?
    Yes! We work with clients across the entire state of Wisconsin. Some notable cities include Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Eau Claire and more.

Reach your athletic goals with the help of a sports psychologist in Madison. 

At Excel Sport Psychology, athletes receive unparalleled expertise from a seasoned sport psychology professional. With a unique virtual telehealth platform, I offer personalized strategies for mental resilience, performance enhancement, and holistic well-being to allow athletes the highest level of services in the area. Reach out today for a free consultation and embark on a transformative journey toward unlocking your athletic potential.

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