About Dr. Tom Rohrer


I understand because…

I understand because I have had personal and professional experiences that have helped me gain empathy, perspective, and wisdom. I have been challenged to grow, develop, and learn to perform at a high level. Through these experiences, I have:

  • Coped with medical, mental-emotional, and physical issues
  • Made bad decisions and good decisions
  • Failed and succeeded
  • Experienced traumas and blessings
  • Embraced self-awareness, my inner strengths, and spiritual truths

Human Performance

Personally: I ended my most loved sport, basketball, in high school, due to the humiliation of double-dribbling multiple times during many games. I didn’t know why I would get so anxious, and I did not know what to do. Years later, I learned about and understood that I had the “the yips.”

Professionally: Today, Dr. Rohrer’s primary focus is human performance. Starting in 1983, he focused on human motivation, performance, and success. In 2002, he received a certificate in Sports Psychology, and since then, his focus has been primarily on sports performance. For example, he helps athletes eliminate their blocks (including those that cause “the yips,” connect with their ability and strengths, and learn to play in the zone. In addition, he extensively uses the Brainspotting approach.

Positive Recovery From Addictions

Personally: I coped with several traumas and other human issues by abusing alcohol and drugs for 20 years. I have been in continual recovery since 1985, using traditional addiction recovery approaches and other resources like Positive Psychology, meditation, and spiritual beliefs -> practice.

Professionally: Throughout his professional career, Dr. Rohrer has worked in many different addiction treatment settings, focusing on drug and alcohol and behavioral addictions. His professional knowledge and experience about recovery and his personal recovery are most valuable to his clients. The evidence of his thorough understanding of recovering from addictions is his comprehensive book, Thriving Beyond Addiction: A Complete User-Friendly Guide.

Relationship Success

Personally: I married when I was 21 and divorced at 22. I remarried at 42 years old and spent ten years keeping a lousy marriage together. Finally, I met a lovely woman who was a match for me and capable of being a healthy partner. We are committed to our marriage and each other, respect each other, and engage in the messiness of a quality relationship.

Professionally: The third focus of Dr. Rohrer’s career is helping couples, married or not, explore and build happier and healthier relationships. He believes in the value of a quality partnership, and it is the partnership that is the client, not either of the individuals. His focus is on solutions, using a structural, evidence-based approach, using both partners’ personal strengths and values to build a mutually desirable future. Dr. Rohrer supports couples who want to use spiritual or religious practices to benefit their relationship development. If there are deeper unresolved issues or traumas, he primarily uses the Brainspotting approach. He often uses the Gottman Institute resources.


Tom Rohrer, Ph.D., L.M.F.T. (CA: MFC 20325, CO: MFT0001929) is a Psychotherapist and Mental Performance Consultant. He has been in private practice since 1985 (in Walnut Creek, California) and since April 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition, he has personally and professionally experienced how the individual will benefit from both solution-focused talk therapy and Brainspotting, a therapeutic approach with minimal sharing.

Some highlights of his training are a certificate in Authentic Happiness Coaching (Positive Psychology), certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, advanced training in Structural Thinking, and extensive training and certification in Brainspotting, with a special interest in sports performance and the creative arts.