Dr. Peter Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC), through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, PA Certified Secondary School Counselor, educator, author, adjunct sport psychology and counselor education instructor, and former club and collegiate head coach – Winning 23 combined team championships in 30 years while coaching numerous NCAA All-Americans and national qualifiers, state champions, record holders, and future Olympians.

As a psychotherapist and counselor Dr. Thompson has served as a private practitioner, higher education student affairs director and supervisor, secondary school counselor, clinician, and adjunct faculty for two universities. His experience in the counseling field spans 25+ years.

For five years Dr. Thompson served as the Director of Mental Performance and Well-Being for 17 teams within the athletic department at SUNY Geneseo, providing individual and team related programming as mandated by NCAA guidelines for student-athlete well-being and performance excellence.

Dr. Thompson has presented well-being and performance related keynotes and workshops for athletic departments, clubs, organizations, fortune 500 companies, public and private schools, and individuals throughout the Middle-Atlantic Region, including USA Swimming’s mid-West LSC. He has written mental performance articles for swimswam.com and has served as a sport psychology adjunct for three universities. His clients have included individual and team champions at the club, high school, and collegiate levels, spanning 21 sports.

Dr. Thompson was an accomplished swimming coach for 30 years, winning 23 combined league/conference championships in that time, and earning coach of the year recognition five times. His athletes have achieved All-American status and qualified for national, regional, state, and collegiate championships, including a top 20 team finish at the NCAA D3 championship meet in 2014. He also played an integral role in the development of a 2004 Olympian.

Dr. Thompson has taken his experience and accumulated wisdom as a doctoral level counselor, elite level swimming coach, mental performance consultant, board certified developmental coach, mentor, and educator to create a mental health, mental performance, and holistic coaching protocol that successfully addresses a variety of presenting client well-being and mental performance needs.


Ed.D Counseling and Human Development University of Rochester, NY

MS Counseling and Human Relations, Villanova University, PA

BA Psychology, University of Richmond, VA

Conestoga High School

Licensure and Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) Assoc. for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)

Certified Clinical and Sport Hypnotherapist (NBCCH)

PA Certified Secondary School Counselor

Board Certified Developmental Life Coach, International Coaching Federation

Level IV Swimming Coach, American Swimming Coaches Association

Psychotherapy Appointments

Southampton Psychiatric Associates

Media Child Guidance Clinic

NCAA Appointments

Director, Mental Performance & Well-Being, State Univ. of New York, Geneseo (2015-2020)

Head Men’s & Women’s Swimming Coach, Division I, III (1999-2014)

Secondary and Higher Education Academic Appointments

Graduate School Director, Academy for Academic Excellence and Student Success

Adjunct Graduate and Undergraduate Instructor; Counselor Education, Sport Psychology, Positive Psychology, Psychology of Change, Stress Management.

PA Secondary School Counselor (1988-1998)

Professional Training

Sport Psychology mentorship: IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL

Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Southampton Psychiatric Associates (SPA)

Milton Erickson Institute of Philadelphia

Forthcoming Books

The Well-Being of the Warrior Athlete: Navigating the Journey from Self-Worth to High Performance

Conquering the Classroom: How to Realize Your Innate Learning Potential and Take Charge of Your Academic Success; A Guide for Student-Athletes Everywhere

On a Personal Note

I believe that life challenges can bring us wisdom.

I believe I have a lot of wisdom!

I believe in human potential.

I believe that unlocking our potential is an ongoing life journey. Potential expands.

I believe that life’s obstacles are an essential component to helping us maximize this potential.

I believe in courage.

I believe that courageous engagement with obstacles gives us confidence.

I believe that practicing self-compassion is perhaps the most courageous thing we can do.

I believe that the mind and body are one.

I believe in a force greater than me and I am a small part of this life force. So are you.

I believe that when our bodies die, our spirit continues.

I believe that we’re not alone in the Universe.

I believe in the inherent worth of all people…and all beings.

I believe we are all works in progress.

“Inevitably we fail, and we fail over and over again. Through those repeated efforts, however, we forge a path in life, a path that leads to profound acceptance of the human condition…If we can experience the joys, tribulations, and pain of life without being carried away by them and without suppressing them, then we are free”

Ken McLeod

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