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Waksman has worked in the field of sport psychology since 2010, helping individuals and groups boost their mental toughness.

Waksman helps student-athletes play better and enjoy their sport more. Sport psychology techniques are life skills every student-athlete can apply to improve their game and quality of life.  Confidence, commitment, composure, courage, teamwork, and goal setting are arguably the most important aspects of sports and are topics Waksman often addresses in sessions.

Waksman has had the unique opportunity to collaborate with high achievers ranging from Olympic athletes, student-athletes, coaches, Special Operation soldiers, dancers, and physicians. His time in the trenches with those elite performers, confirmed his philosophy that developing mental skills, like resiliency, optimism, focus, and confidence helps everyone perform better, regardless of the stage.

Waksman loves this work because he wants to make the world a better place. He finds fulfillment when clients enjoy healthier relationships, better self-awareness, and more productivity – on and off of the field.

Elliott Waksman of Portland Sport Psychology

Waksman’s coaching can take your mental game to the next level.

In 2006, as a Wildcat at the University of Arizona, Elliott Waksman was first introduced to the field of sport psychology through Dr. Jean Williams, past president of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and top-selling author. Connecting issues such as confidence and mental toughness to his personal sport experiences immediately sparked his interest.

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Waksman was a recognized Portland Interscholastic League three-sport athlete. He often incorporates both his personal sport experiences and sense of humor in his mental training sessions.

Having earned his M.A. in Sport Psychology, Waksman will help you learn to focus better, improve your confidence, and increase your motivation. His mental training sessions consist of presentations, handouts, role-playing exercise, and hands-on activities.

Having consulted with professional organizations, NCAA teams, and thousands of athletes, Waksman’s coaching can take your mental game to the next level.

If you are not meeting with Waksman in a professional setting, you will most likely find him on his yoga mat, cheering on the Blazers, defending his co-ed kickball championship, or laughing alongside his playful dog, Paisley, and wonderful wife, Camille, in Portland, Oregon.


  • Master of Arts with Distinction, Sport Exercise Psychology, Argosy University (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, The University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
  • High School Diploma, Lincoln High School (Portland, OR)

CMPC Certification

  • Waksman has earned certified consultant status through the world’s largest sport psychology organization. He has completed specialized education, passed a rigorous exam, and earned ongoing professional development credits to remain current on best practices.

Learn more about certified consultant status here (PDF)


  • Professional Member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
  • Former Medical Advisory Board Member for Stafford Hills Club.
  • Official Consultant for The Washington Timbers Soccer Club.
  • Official Consultant for The Portland City United Soccer Club.
  • Official Consultant for The Oregon Dream Team Cheer Club.


  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant #588: Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
  • CPR, AED, and Basic First Aid #285694: American Safety Institute.
  • Fundamentals of Coaching, Concussion Management, and Heat Illness Prevention Certification: National Federation of State High School Associations.
  • F License Soccer Certification: The U.S. Soccer Federation.

Meet the Office Manager, Paisley

Paisley the cute dog

Ball is life since 2017


  • Peanut butter
  • Brooms
  • Mid-morning naps
  • Fetch


  • Fireworks
  • Swimming
  • Motorcycles
  • Monday morning alarms