Dr. Dave Botsford
Dr. Dave Botsford is a clinical and sport psychologist based in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Botsford works with athletes and teams from youth through college and elite levels, helping individuals to refine the consistency and success of their sport performance.
In addition to his position with iPerformance Consultants, Dr. Botsford is the clinical and sport psychologist for the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Athletics Department where he provides clinical and performance psychology services to Division I collegiate student athletes.
Dr. Botsford completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology, including an APA accredited internship at the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department. Additionally, Dr. Botsford has a Master of Science degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Utah and is a licensed psychologist in California.
Dr. Botsford is a Certified Consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP) as well as a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology Registry and the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 47. Dr. Botsford has taught sport psychology and clinical psychology courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Botsford is a lifelong competitive athlete; enjoying soccer, snowboarding, Muay Thai, swimming, running, and yoga.
Specialty areas include: Performance Psychology, Leadership, Mental Toughness, Building Confidence, Coping with Injury, Performance Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Relationship Concerns, and Identity Development.
Visit Dr. Dave’s Professional & Academic Resume to learn more about his experience and qualifications.
Who is qualified to be a sports psychologist?
Sports psychology goes far beyond ‘mental skills and toughness.’ iPerformance Consultants has developed a proprietary model for how athletes can maximize their talent and mental resourcefulness to perform under pressure.
When you are considering a sports performance professional, be sure to evaluate the breadth of their qualifications and expertise. Dr. Dave brings his studies in sport psychology and how it underpins expert performance and applies it in a very practical setting.
He is a practitioner with a unique perspective on how athletes can maximize their talent.
Dr. Dave works with carefully with athletes to ensure their identity as performers is aligned with their own identity and values. Through his sessions each athlete learns how to manage individual moments that lead to deliberate practice and ultimately leave equipped with the tools to manage pressure.
Performance psychology is a term that is used by many, but understood by few.