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Dr. Shira Oretzky

Shira A. Oretzky, Ph.D., CMPC is a clinical and sport psychologist, who has dedicated her career to helping elite athletes develop a high-performance mindset and well-being strategies to reach their full potential. She has a private practice in Del Mar, where she specializes in working with collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes. Dr. Oretzky currently serves as a sport psychology consultant to the University of San Diego’s (USD) Athletic Department and other collegiate and professional athletic teams throughout San Diego. Prior to her work with USD, Dr. Oretzky held a 15-year faculty appointment at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she developed the Student-Athlete Mental Health and Wellness program with the Athletics Department and Sports Medicine. This program now serves 19 Division I teams.


Dr. Oretzky is a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Sport Psychology and Mental Health Registries and the National Basketball Player’s Association’s (NBPA) Mental Health and Wellness Registry. She has served on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Psychological Association and chaired the SDPA Sport Psychology Committee. Dr. Oretzky has presented at various domestic and international conferences and her work has been featured in publication.


In addition to her local pursuits, Dr. Oretzky has lived, worked and traveled to more than 30 countries. This international experience brings a unique multicultural perspective to her work.

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