Sports Psychology Consulting

Optimizing Performance

What is Sports Psychology?

Sports Psychology Consulting (SPC) is the specific area of study designed to assist athletes, performers, artists or everyday people who want to become better in whatever field they work or participate in.  Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior trying to break 80 on your local golf course, no matter where you are in your life’s journey, you can always get better and improve your performance.

Without SPC

Struggles to maintain a healthy work/life balance. Also lacks tools to deal with the pressures of competition and failure. 

With SPC

Utilizes various mental strategies like visualization and relaxation techniques to overcome obstacles and reach your full potential. 

Who does it help?

The answer is Everyone. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to benefit from the programs they utilize and practice. Below are the most common groups that I work with. Click the category for more information on each.

First Responders

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Athletes & Parents

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Coaches & Teams

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Executives & Business Professionals

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About Mario

Mario Soto is a Sport Psychology Consultant with an extensive background in performance sports such as basketball, baseball, martial arts (3rd degree in Shaolin Kempo Karate) as well as being a professional working actor for ten years earning his union status in all three guilds (SAG, AEA, and AFTRA).  He has coached, played, or worked at the youth, high school and collegiate level (locally & internationally) and holds a master’s degree in Sport & Performance Psychology Consulting from California State University Fullerton under the tutelage of the some of the most well respected Sport Psychology consultants in the world – Dr. Ken Ravizza, Dr. Traci Statler, Dr. Andrea Becker, and Dr. Len Wiersma.

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Our experience with Mario has been more than I could have ever expected. He has the ability to connect with our team and our mission in a short amount of time. The mental aspect of baseball gets overlooked in our sport and he builds a strong relationship with our guys on a team and individual basis. We look forward to working with him in Starkville.

Chris LemonisHead Baseball Coach, Mississippi State University

Mario has an energy that connects with humans at the personal level. His level of caring for people is at the highest possible.

Greg FishFire Chief, Carpinteria/Summerland Fire Protection District

It was really fun getting to know the team during the project. They were all helpful in answering my questions and made me feel completely at ease. The design ended up being twice as good as I could have ever envisioned!

Denise FinchHead Trainer and Owner, Hunter's Edge

Mario understands the challenges that firefighters and first responders are faced with each and every day. These challenges don’t stop at the end of the shift and will not resolve on their own. He provides valuable tools and resources that we can use to pursue peak performance at work as well as a balanced life at home. The fire service family is fortunate to have Mario Soto coaching us for continued success.

Bill LynchDeputy Fire Chief, City of Glendale

I have had the opportunity to work/shadow and be mentored by Mario. Mario has taught me that no matter where you are in your career or your status, you can always continue to grow and learn something new. Mario's ability to command a room when he is speaking is admirable. I've had the opportunity to see Mario teach in many different settings, always impacted at least one person in the room. It has been a privilege to be mentored by Mario and I look forward to learning more under his guidance.

ThomiGrad Student, Cal Baptist University

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