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University Professor, Clinical Ps...

Phone: (843) ***-****  HQ Phone
2501 Keswick Road
Florence , South Carolina 29501
United States

Company Description: Notre Dame consultant, Dr. Tom Dorsel, introduces sport psychology. Included are his books, articles, television appearances, and personal consultation.

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  • Ph.D. degree , psychology
    Universities of Notre Dame , Kentucky and New Mexico
  • B.A. Degree , psychology
    Universities of Notre Dame , Kentucky and New Mexico
  • M.S. Degree , psychology
    Universities of Notre Dame , Kentucky and New Mexico
  • Ph.D. , Psychology
    University of New Mexico
  • Ph.D.
  • degrees , psychology
    Universities of Notre Dame , Kentucky and New Mexico
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Brief Biosketch of Dr. Tom Dorsel, 6 July 2015 [cached]
Brief Biosketch of Dr. Tom Dorsel
Dr. Tom Dorsel is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. A former President of the South Carolina Psychological Association , he received B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the Universities of Notre Dame, Kentucky, and New Mexico , respectively. He also completed post-doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center. A university professor for 34 years, Dr. Dorsel has produced more than 50 publications and convention presentations in the areas of experimental, educational, clinical, health, and sport psychology.
Widely recognized for his contributions to the field of sport psychology, Dr. Dorsel has been a Sport Psychology Consultant and Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame where he worked with over a dozen NCAA Div. I sports. Of particular note is his work with golfers throughout the past 30 years, which has brought him special recognition from GOLF Magazine as one of golf's leading sport psychologists; and by the International Network of Golf, which awarded him the top prize for instructional writing in 2004.
Information about individual consultation and speaking engagements, as well as Dr. Dorsel's three books, GOLF: The Mental Game, the PUTTING MACHINE , and THE COMPLETE GOLFER: Physical Skill and Mental Toughness , can be obtained by calling Serious Sports at 843-618-4653 or by visiting
For more complete information on the credentials of Dr. Tom Dorsel, click on any of the following: University Professor Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Tom Dorsel's Resumé, 31 Jan 2006 [cached]
This page contains the professional activities and accomplishments of Dr. Tom Dorsel over an academic career. Included are his educational degrees; record of teaching, research, and service; honors, grants, and affiliations; scholarly publications and presentations in the areas of experimental, educational, clinical, health, and sport psychology; and a brief history of Tom's personal sports background. Since it is the formal record of over 45 years of activity, the resulting document is rather lengthy. It is, however, organized into categories that one can review before looking at any particular area in detail. If you would like a brief biographical sketch in lieu of the entire resumé, please click here.
Thomas N. Dorsel
Dorsel, T.N.(2002) Clinical Psychology: Practical Guidelines and Useful Materials. Unpublished classroom manual.
Dorsel, T. N. (2008). Great swing, lousy score: Golf's curious contrasts. Golf Illustrated, 14,
(November/December), 11-13.
Dorsel, T. N. (2008). Lower your comfort zone. Golf Illustrated, 14, (September/October), 12-14.
Dorsel, T. N. (2008). Keep your cool on the course. Golf Illustrated, 14, (July/August), 11-14.
Dorsel, T. N. (2008). Forget mechanics:Swing away. Golf Illustrated, 14, (May/June), 12-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2008). Thrill of going for it: Is it in you? Golf Illustrated, 14, (January/February), 21-24.
Dorsel, T. N. (2007). Hitting great shots under pressure. Golf Illustrated, 13, (September/October), 19-21.
Dorsel, T. N. (2007). Getting ready:The proper way to warm-up. Golf Illustrated, 13, (May/June), 28-32.
Dorsel, T. N. (2007). How to reach your goals this season. Golf Illustrated, 13, (January/February), 27-32.
Dorsel, T. N. (2006). How your personality can affect your game. Golf Illustrated, 12, (September/October), 19-22.
Dorsel, T. N. (2006). The mental gymnastics of putting. Golf Illustrated, 12, (May/June), 14-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2006). What every player wants: Full-shot control. Golf Illustrated, 12, (March/April), 14-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2006). Preparing for the new season: Seven tips. Golf Illustrated, 12, (January/February), 18-25.
Dorsel, T. N. (2005). Seven ways to stay sharp during the off-season. Golf Illustrated, 11, (November/December), 14-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2005). Win club tournaments:Think like a champ. Golf Illustrated, 11, (September/October), 14-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2005). How to get your head back in the game. Golf Illustrated, 11, (July/August), 18-22.
Dorsel, T. N. (2005). Make the most out of limited practice time. Golf Illustrated, 11, (April/May), 14-19.
Dorsel, T. N. (2005). Golf's a struggle:So why not enjoy it? Golf Illustrated, 11, (January/February), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2004). Keep your head down:Curing most players' biggest mistake. Golf Illustrated, 10, (November/December), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2004). Visualize success:Every shot pretty as a picture. Golf Illustrated, 10, (August/September/October), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2004). Six reasons why you should think positive about your game. Golf Illustrated, 10, (June/July), 16-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2004). Faster play - Ten steps to achieve it. Golf Illustrated, 10, (April/May), 16-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2004). Making the big putt. Golf Illustrated, 10, (February/March), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2003).Break a slump: Six ways to get your game back on track. Golf Illustrated, 9, (Fall issue), 18-21.
Dorsel, T. N. (2003). Getting better:Play like you practice. Golf Illustrated, 9, (Summer issue), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2003). How to cope with golf's best and worst. Golf Illustrated, 9, (Special issue), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2003). Three ways to get better: It's a mental thing. Golf Illustrated, 9, (Spring issue), 14-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2003). Four things in every round that determine your scores. Golf Illustrated, 9, (Winter issue), 16-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2002). Five ways to sharpen your mental toughness. Golf Illustrated, 8 (Fall), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2002). The 9 R's of good golf. Golf Illustrated , 8 (Summer), 14-17.
Dorsel, T. N. (2002). Ten tips to make the most out of attending a golf tournament. Golf Illustrated, 8 (Spring), 14-16.
Dorsel, T. N. (2002). Eight secrets to better course management. Golf Illustrated, 8 (Winter), 14-19.
Dorsel, T. N. (2001). Lower scores - Don't let ego get in your way. Golf Illustrated, 7 (Fall), 16-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2001). How to use swing keys more effectively. Golf Illustrated , 7 (Summer), 18-21.
Dorsel, T. N. (2001). Solving golf's mental mysteries. Golf Illustrated , 7 (Spring), 18-21.
Dorsel, T. N. (2001). Play slow-motion golf for better results. Golf Illustrated , 7 (January/February), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). How swing keys and mental images can lower your scores. Golf Illustrated, 6 (November/December), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). Take your game to the next level. Golf Illustrated , 6 (September/October), 16-18.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). Six ways to prevent choking. Golf Illustrated , 6 (July/August), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). Seven ways to build confidence on the course. Golf Illustrated, 6 (May/June), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). Measure your progress with alternative scores. Golf Illustrated, 6 (March/April), 14-15.
Dorsel, T. N. (2000). How to play the mental game for 18 holes. Golf Illustrated , 6 (January/February), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (1999). Maintain focus: A can't miss state of mind. Golf Illustrated, 5 (November/December), 28-30.
Dorsel, T. N. (1999). The scoreboard: Should you look? Golf Illustrated , 5 (November/December), 18-19.
Dorsel, T. N. (1999). Equipment has a mental side, too. Golf Illustrated , 5, (July/August), 28-29.
Dorsel, T. N. (1999). How to determine your true handicap. Golf Illustrated , 5, (March/April), 18-20.
Dorsel, T. N. (1998). Staying with a bad round. Golf Illustrated , 4, (November/December), 24-25.
Dorsel, T. N. (1998). Seven things you can do to improve scores & lower your handicap. Golf Illustrated, 4, (September/October), 24-28.
Dorsel, T. N. (1998). Aggressive play: Why going for the pin pays off. Golf Illustrated, 4, (September/October), 22-23.
Dorsel, T. N. (1998). Isolate yourself to improve your focus. Golf Illustrated , 4, (May/June), 22-23
Dorsel, T. N. (1998). Gain control of your game: Learn to place the ball. Golf Illustrated, 4, (January/February), 20-23.
Dorsel, T. N. (1997). Handling the pressure of partner golf. Golf Illustrated , 3, (November/December), 24-26.
Dorsel, T. N. (1997). Control your thoughts for a better swing. Golf Illustrated , 3, (March/April), 25-27.
Dorsel, T. N. (1996). Count all your strokes. Golf Illustrated , 2 (Sept./Oct.), 22-24.
Dorsel, T. N. (1996). Behavior modification for slow play. Golf Illustrated , 2 (May/June), 26-27.
Dorsel, T. N. (1993). Psyche holes. GOLF Magazine, 35 (March), 135.
Dorsel, T. N. (1992). Getting it there. GOLF Magazine, 34 (December), 80-81.
Dorsel, T. N. (1992). Go for it! GOLF Magazine, 34 (August), 49.
Dorsel, T. N. (1992). Threat or Opportunity ? GOLF Magazine, 34 (March), 35.
Dorsel, T. N. (1992). Relax. GOLF Magazine, 34 (February), 24.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). Why you don't improve. GOLF Magazine, 33 (December), 37.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). Uncharted territory. GOLF Magazine, 33 (November), 18.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). The zone. GOLF Magazine, 33 (October), 16.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). Golf is not 90% mental. GOLF Magazine, 33 (August), 24.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). Full focus. GOLF Magazine, 33 (July), 22-23.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). The mental side of putting. GOLF Magazine , 33 (May), 54-55.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). The mental side of wedge play. GOLF Magazine, 33 (April), 62-63.
Dorsel, T. N. (1991). The mental side of driving. GOLF Magazine , 33 (March). 48-49.
Dorsel, T. N. (1990). The case for serious golf. Golf Illustrated , 6 (June), 30-31.
Dorsel, T. N. (1988). Talk to yourself: Realistic self-talk means less stress on the course. Golf Digest, 39 (January), 114-116. (Also reprinted in Australian Golf Digest, 1988.)
Dorsel, T. N. (1980).
Dorsel, T. N., & Rotunda, R. J. (2001). Low scores, top finishes, and big money: An analysis of PGA Tour statistics and how these relate to overall performance. Perceptual and Motor Skills , 92, 575-585.
Dorsel, T. N., & Salinsky, D. M. (1990). Enhancing willingness to practice golf through use of a mastery approach. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 70, 415-418.
Dr. Tom Dorsel's Clinical Psychology Practice, 31 Jan 2006 [cached]
Clinical Psychology Practice of Dr. Tom Dorsel
This page provides a brief description of the background and experience of Dr. Tom Dorsel regarding his practice of clinical and health psychology. Scroll down this page for a brief narrative description of the career phases listed below, as well as for links at the bottom of the page describing Dr. Dorsel's current clinical practice.
Dr. Dorsel's pre-doctoral training led to his receiving the Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1974 with an emphasis on applied-experimental psychology. He was particularly interested in learning theory as it applied to matters of education, development, health, sports, clinical and social issues. This work culminated in his taking a position at Western Carolina University where he served on the faculty for 12 years.
Post-doctoral Training
Midway through his tenure at Western Carolina University, Dr. Dorsel returned to graduate school for post-doctoral work in clinical psychology. This work included one year of clinical course work as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the APA-approved clinical program of the University of New Mexico, followed by an APA-approved clinical internship at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, CA.
Early Career Practice
Subsequently, Dr. Dorsel returned to full-time teaching at Western Carolina University where he now taught a course in psychotherapy as well as beginning a part-time private practice of clinical psychology in Sylva, NC. He also developed an employee-assistance program for C.J. Harris Hospital, and later extended his clinical work to Asheville, NC, where he served as a part-time staff psychologist for Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital.
Later Career Practice
Four years later, Dr. Dorsel left Western Carolina University for Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, where he became Director of Clinical Psychology in the Graduate Program. In addition to teaching individual, group, and family psychotherapy at the University, he served as Director of Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine for Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital and also continued with his part-time private practice, now in Florence. During this period, Dr. Dorsel served two terms as President of the South Carolina Psychological Association. His publications in clinical and health psychology can be found in such journals as Behavior Therapy, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Health Psychology, Psychology and Health, Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, The American Journal of Hospice Care, and the American Psychologist. He has also presented on several occasions before the American Psychological Association as well as before regional and state associations. For details on publications and presentations, click on resumé at the bottom of this page.
Current Practice
Dr. Dorsel continues to teach in the Graduate Program at Francis Marion University, having stepped down as Director a few years ago. Presently he is coordinating the clinical internship which was initiated during his tenure as Director of the Program. His off-campus clinical work is now reserved exclusively for his private practice. Click at the bottom of the page for (1) the types of therapy Dr. Dorsel offers, (2) information about appointments and fees, (3) procedure for referrals, and (4) information about group consultation and seminars.
How to Contact
For private clinical consultation, Dr. Dorsel can be reached at 843-618-4653.
Dr. Tom Dorsel's Individual Sport Psychology Consultation, 6 July 2015 [cached]
From Dr. Tom Dorsel
Dr. Tom Dorsel has served as a sport psychology consultant for the University of Notre Dame, Pinehurst Country Club, the Carolinas Section of the PGA, and the Harbour Town Yacht Club, among other organizations. In addition, he has provided individual consultation for professional and amateur athletes from over a dozen different sports.
He began his sport psychology consulting primarily in the area of golf. His expertise was expanded considerably in 1997 when he served as a Visiting Professor of Sport Psychology at the University of Notre Dame where he worked with 24 men's and women's NCAA Division I varsity teams to include baseball, basketball, fencing, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. Backed by this experience, Dr. Dorsel's sport psychology offerings extend to all sports and to any athlete who is serious about moving to the next level of performance in his or her sport.
Topics that the individual athlete might want to explore include playing up to one's potential, confidence, concentration, relaxation, imagery, stress and anxiety management, handling pressure and choking, anger control, goal setting, motivation, effective practice techniques, getting out of a slump, burnout, coming back from injuries, as well as many others.
Special Golf Program
Of particular note is Dr. Dorsel's golf program that is designed to meet the individual needs and goals of the serious golfer.
The objective of Dr. Dorsel's golf program is to take serious golfers to the next level through intensive one-on-one attention to both the physical and mental aspects of the game. Instruction involves daily on-course assessment and coaching personally provided by Dr. Dorsel whose credentials include ten appearances as an instructor on ESPN's "Inside the PGA Tour;" Featured Contributor for Golf Illustrated, GOLF Magazine, GOLFWEEK, and Golf Digest; and author of three books: GOLF: The Mental Game (2008); The Complete Golfer: Physical Skill and Mental Toughness (1996) and the Putting Machine (2001).
Tom Dorsel's Music, 6 July 2015 [cached]
The recording and performing activities of Tom Dorsel are briefly described below.
Tom produced a demo CD entitled " Early Years.
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