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Sports Psychology Coaching and a Testimonial from Renowned Performing Edge Coach, Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter

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My daughter, Isabella DiLisio, is a pretty accomplished amateur and collegiate golfer. She has won numerous golf tournaments in the last few years, both locally and nationally. A few years ago she asked me to find somebody to help her with some of the mental aspects of playing tournament golf. After a fairly exhaustive search and after consulting with other highly regarded competitive athletes, we decided to bring her to Amy Haller.

She came highly recommended, worked with athletes in many different sports and executives in many different industries.

Over the past few years, Amy has worked on many different aspects of the mental game with Isabella including focus training and other techniques to help her play at an optimal level most of the time. The results of this work has been immeasurable and has helped Isabella both on the golf course and in the classroom in school.

In addition to the help from the techniques that Amy has taught Isabella, she has helped reinforce her confidence in her ability to execute properly out on the course.

Amy has helped Isabella most after a frustrating round where things didn’t go as well as she hoped. Her reassuring, confident, and calming demeanor helps relax and refocus Isabella.

The other benefit for Isabella is having somebody other than a parent, peer, or swing coach to discuss the details of her rounds of golf or any other matter that is on her mind. Aside from the work they put in together, Isabella really enjoys talking to Amy and considers her a friend. Now that she is in college, it is very comforting to me that in addition to calling her parents, she can call Amy to discuss any issue.

Amy seems to enjoy talking to Isabella as well, and appears to really relish in her success and the success of all her students. Our relationship with Amy has been a very positive experience for us.

Any competitive athlete, business executive, or anybody that is looking for techniques and guidance to allow themselves to live, work, play or perform up to their potential would benefit greatly from working with Amy.

Sam DiLisio

I called Amy because I felt my daughter was on the cusp of improving her squash game, and her national ranking, but was still inconsistent on court and in her confidence. As with any individual sport, squash matches are very tense — add to this the rally point scoring — any drop in focus can mean you’re behind and the game can be over quickly.

I wanted my daughter to develop mental skills that would help her handle the stress and allow her to trust her ability during matches as well as improve her confidence when she was playing national tournaments.

Amy’s work with my daughter has been a valuable resource this season as she has talked my daughter through the tools she can use to keep her composure on court under pressure. Amy’s sessions by Skype fit with a competitive athlete’s busy training schedule, and in each session, Amy allows my daughter to walk through her fears and feelings, while helping my daughter make a of positive power words to refer to when she is frustrated during competition. Amy even came to watch one of my daughter’s school matches.

The emphasis on positive self-talk and confidence in being prepared for a match, or any high-pressure situation like a big test at school, I feel has given my daughter skills that will extend beyond the squash court.

– Maggie Lockwood

Dear Amy,

I am writing to tell you what a difference you have made in my son’s life on and off the tennis court and in my life as a parent and tennis mom.

I searched high and low to find someone to help my son with one of the most important parts of his tennis training – the mental side. In fact, many tennis professionals would say the mental training is the most important because more matches have been lost by a mental breakdown that resulted in a skill breakdown – then game, set, match and its over. In addition to finding help for my son, I also needed help as a non-tennis playing mom trying to navigate in the crazy world of competitive junior tennis.

I never thought I would find a professional who could come close to meeting all our needs until I found you.

Your skills as a top junior and collegiate athlete (tennis) as well as a tennis and life coach make you more well rounded than anyone I could have ever hoped to find. As a top competitive athlete yourself and the mother of top athletes, you understand the tough world my son lives in and my world too.

You help him cope and give him real strategies to aid him in overcoming the multitude of stresses on and off the court. After a session with you, he is relaxed, focused and has a game plan for how to handle the ups and downs that occur in any sporting event and/or life. Plus, he is happy and positive which helps tremendously in all parts (at home, at school, in training) of his life. He trusts you and believes in you and knows you were the missing piece in his puzzle of success. He is so very thankful for your help and support.

I too believe in you and trust you with helping him and helping me be a better mom. You help me understand him as a teen and as a competitive athlete. You help me to know what my role is in this adventure and how important my actions are to his success.

I am so very thankful to have you as my mentor too because it truly takes a village to make a champion.

Coaches help the player whether it be with skills, strategies, strength and/or conditioning but very few help the parents who in the tennis world are the only “coaches” with the player during most tournaments. A wrong word said at a bad time can send your player into a mental chasm for which it is impossible to climb out of in time. Therefore, your words of wisdom to me are priceless because those little pearls allow me to help and not hurt my son during the long days on the battlefield (a/k/a USTA Jr Tennis Tourneys).

I thank you for being the professional and caring person you are and for everything you have done to help our family. Any family with sports crazy children would be blessed to have you on their team. I know we are forever grateful to have you as a teammate. Thank goodness I never gave up my search even after several years of trying out others that just didn’t fit our needs because if I had just settled for “OK”, I would have never found perfection – YOU!


I have known Amy Haller for the last 25 years and have experienced her great knowledge of sports competition, and the ability to motivate and inspire people.

Amy held the # 1 Doubles Position on a competitive and high level tennis team league that I ran. I was able to watch her tenacity and skills as an athlete.

Amy has also coached with me for the last 3 years at a private high school, working with me for both the Boys and Girls Varsity and JV.
Her ability to connect with the kids, and provide insightful knowledge of the game, made her a very effective and popular coach.

Rose Weinstein
Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame
Jewish Hall of Fame
3 term President of Philadelphia Tennis Association
USTA National Committee
Coach of Philadelphia Delegates for Macabi Games
8 Year Varsity Tennis Coach

My best life lessons as a competitive tennis player have come from being  Amy Haller’s doubles partner through the years. She is the most focused player I have ever known and strikes an incredible balance between peak athletic performance and camaraderie. She has taught me how to relax and enjoy our sport while maximizing our skill set in the heat of competition. I have learned from Amy how to play determined and focused while enjoying our athletic partnership and competitive successes at the local, regional and national levels.

Lisa S. Hoffstein
Executive Director
The Katie At The Bat Team: A Non Profit Helping Kids Hit Home Runs In

Thank you Amy

Amy is special, outside and inside, talking , listening, she is unique. There is nothing that Amy does that isn’t given 200% of all her effort. Amy always has a way of making everything fun. She grabs you with her enthusiasm and keeps you interested because she is so interested herself. She loves to learn and do new things and this shows at how involved she became as a coach. Amy loves making a difference in people’s lives, and you can sense that she wants to help through whatever issues you are dealing with. Amy was always well respected and liked. These traits come through in her coaching, that i’ts not about her but about you. When you have a coach that is self-confident, they create a safe space for you. She is non-judgmental . Combined with the ability to giggle at the appropriate moments, and the compassion to cry at others, what else could you want?”


It is no doubt because of Amy’s coaching that I became a better tennis player, a better athlete, and a better teammate.

Amy knew how to push me beyond what I thought my physical limits were. I became stronger physically because of Amy’s workouts and more confident as a player because of her consistently supportive approach.

Most importantly, Amy knows how to have fun. Though I was competing, Amy never let me lose sight of the fact that it was a game to enjoy; that it wasn’t all about winning or losing individual games, but about how I was growing as a player. Her sense of humor always made practice enjoyable and kept me from taking myself too seriously.

Amy’s approach to coaching always maintained a valuable balance between the physical and the mental. The lessons I learned on her courts were countless and priceless, and undoubtedly helped prepare me for the life I live now.

Thank you, Amy!!!

Sara S.

From my very first life coaching session, Amy made me feel comfortable, reassuring me that she could guide me and get me through the difficult transition I was experiencing in my life. She allowed me to trust her and the process, and therefore was able to coach me in finding more balance and in obtaining a more positive outlook. Amy did not tell me all the answers, but instead gave me the tools that I needed to help myself reach my goals and to get to a better emotional place. Using such materials as books and character strength tests, I became more aware of myself and my actions. No matter what I was going through that particular week, Amy was always there to listen and to steer me in the right direction.

Kerry B.

I found a renewed sense of purpose and self-confidence through my sessions with Amy. Amy’s questions and exercises that she had me do outside of our sessions completely changed my objectives. I feel like I have done a complete 180 turnaround in my life since I started working with Amy. She helped me to see the value in self- discovery rather than just traditional accomplishment.”


Stepping onto the court with Amy Haller as my tennis coach meant I’d have a wonderful hour filled with knowledgeable instruction, hard work, cheering and laughing.  Inspirational and supportive, Amy is the perfect blend of a talented athlete/instructor and a positive, encouraging cheerleader.  My tennis improved tremendously, all while having loads of fun.

Marjie Frankel

It is very easy to praise the coaching and motivational skills of Mrs. Amy Haller. She epitomizes energy, hard work and intense encouragement…aka.. working her students to exhaustion with great glee . As a novice tennis player, Amy trained and directed me to success. I still play this challenging game and I always think of Coach Amy with gratitude.

Mrs. H. Whitaker

I wish I had some constructive criticism for Amy, but there is really truly nothing I would have done differently. She was on time for every session, followed through with everything, and was such a great coach throughout the whole process. She was truly my ideal coach, and I can’t thank her enough for being exactly what I need.”


When I started working with Amy, I was at one of the lowest emotional points in my life. Through her training of thinking positively and using my personality strengths as a way to prevent a “downward spiral,” I was able to achieve, what I believe, a permanent positive outlook on life with quicker recovery of an emotionally damaging situation. It definitely takes time to get in the habit of positive thinking, but just like any exercise or hobby, as long as it’s practiced regularly, you will definitely see results that will be longer lasting than your coaching time with Amy.

Edna S.

Amy supported me to be honest with myself and realize some ways I was not putting myself first in many areas of my life. I was able to put into practice new measures to regain my confidence and establish my needs. Amy was very professional at every session yet brought fun and laughter to the coaching process which I appreciated and we built a very good rapport. I felt able to be very open with Amy which, combined with her motivating style. Amy has enabled me to move forward with my goals. A great coaching experience- thank you.”


My experience working with Amy was invaluable at a very stressful time in my life. It was very comforting to me to have someone to talk to about my life and concerns about my future. She was very encouraging and supportive. She helped to keep me on track with my personal objectives, offering ways to look at situations, that I alone may not have seen. Amy is tops! “


jenifer-hare-croppedI just wanted to tell you all that I have been working with amy haller for a few months on my mental training. I have learned so much about being present, filtering out distractions, letting go of a disappointing shot, and using positive visuals to help me play better. The information is very helpful for tennis and for life situations!

Jenifer Kiefer Hare

Hi Amy,
I just want to thanks you so very much for helping Brian this week. We had a long discussion last night and he thanked me for linking the 2 of you together. He really believes in what you have taught him and looks forward to another session with you. The week really started out horrible and with your tools, he was able to turn it around. Thanks again,


Wanted to circle back to you re. last week’s “class”. I was really pleased with the direction of the class and the “actionable” items you gave us for this week’s match. I am really looking forward to putting these in motion for my match tomorrow. Thanks again!


8yr-old-tennis-client-150x150“We have found Amy Haller’s techniques focusing on visualization, power-words & positive thinking to be beneficial in Aidan’s practice and tournament play. With Amy’s training, Aidan is developing a solid mental foundation that will help him stay confident and overcome self-doubt in both life and tennis”

Jim Vesci, Jr.

Amy Haller, Certified Business, Wellness and Life Coach, provides business, career and professional life coaching to “Optimize Your Human Potential”. She works with individuals as well as teams of professionals. if you are in need of:

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"I have known Amy Haller for the last 25 years and have experienced her great knowledge of sports competition, and the ability to motivate and inspire people."Click here for more.

---Rose Weinstein, Former President, Philadelphia Tennis Association

"It is very easy to praise the coaching and motivational skills of Mrs. Amy Haller. She epitomizes energy, hard work and intense encouragement…aka.. working her students to exhaustion with great glee . As a novice tennis player, Amy trained and directed me to success. I still play this challenging game and I always think of Coach Amy with gratitude."Click here for more.

---Mrs. H. Whitaker

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