David Pearl
LCSW, Psychotherapist and Founder
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Meet David Pearl

I am a psychotherapist, executive coach, and organizational consultant helping athletes, performers, professionals, and businesses in Nashville, Tennessee, New York, and online via telehealth. Using a non-judgmental and practical approach, I am an active therapist dedicated to helping people live their best lives. My aim is to provide a safe and supportive environment to strengthen self-esteem and facilitate more meaningful connections with family, friends, professional colleagues, or teammates.

I obtained my Master’s degree from The Silver School of Social Work at NYU and my Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am formally trained in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and have certifications in Imago Relationship Therapy and Prepare/Enrich Premarital and Marital Counseling. I am dual licensed in New York and Tennessee, and work with clients on an ongoing basis in both locations.

Prior to founding Music City Psych in Nashville, TN, I provided psychotherapy and performance coaching at Union Square Practice in NYC, counseling to individuals, couples, and families struggling with hematologic cancers at Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as psychodynamically oriented individual and couples counseling at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP).

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing golf, and traveling.

David's Memberships

Imago Relationships North America
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
Nashville Psychotherapy Institute
Verified by Psychology Today, July 16, 2024
Improve Your Relationship Nashville
GoodTherapy Verified Credentials

Q & A with David

Through executive coaching and sport and performance psychology, individuals can enhance their psychological flexibility, resilience, and overall well-being. This leads to improved performance and a more fulfilling professional and personal life. ACT principles help executives, performing artists, and athletes overcome mental barriers, such as:

  • Self-doubt/Lack of Confidence/Imposter Syndrome
  • Fear of Failure
  • Lack of Focus and Concentration
  • Time Management
  • Communication Issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Stress and Burnout
  • Goal Setting and Motivation
  • Team Dynamics
  • Transition and Career Changes

Mental skills training is vital to success in both athletics and performance, as well as the professional sphere. Working to conquer mental blocks and incorporate new skills boosts the potential for success, no matter what an individual’s goals may be. 

  • Avoidance
  • Values Clarification
  • Defusion Techniques
  • Present Moment Awareness
  • Committed Action
  • Mindful Performance
  • Sense of Self
  • Values-Based Decision Making
  • Building Resilience

Sport and performance psychology and executive coaching share many similarities in their focus on enhancing performance, achieving goals, and fostering well-being, such as:

  • Goal Setting/Achievement
  • Enhancing Performance
  • Psychological Factors
  • Individualized Approach
  • Mindset and Mental Toughness
  • Communication Skills
  • Resilience and Coping Strategies
  • Self-Awareness
  • Behavior Change
  • Holistic Approach

The ultimate goal of executive coaching and sport and performance psychology is improved performance overall, whether in the professional sphere or on the field. In my experience as a sports and performance expert and executive coach, I find that individuals typically find improvement through:

  • Consistency in Performance
  • Improved Confidence
  • Adaptability to Challenges
  • Efficient Use of Mental Skills
  • Increased Resilience
  • Enhanced Focus and Concentration
  • Achievement of Milestones
  • Positive Feedback from Peers or Superiors
  • Well-Being
  • Alignment with Values
  • Innovative Thinking and Creativity
  • Positive Changes in Performance Metrics
  • Sense of Fulfillment and Satisfaction
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