About Dr. Nick

Hello. I’m Dr. Nick Lazaris and I’d like to welcome you to my site!

  • You want to be free of anxiety and fear when it’s time to speak or perform in public.
  • You want to confidently focus on your presentation or performance and feel in total control of yourself.
  • You want to feel confident and without anxiety/panic in every area of your life.

Right now, however, that’s just not your reality as your fears continue to control you.

You’re struggling. You feel alone. You’re trying to fight through your anxiety with ‘willpower’ and the belief that you ‘should’ be able to overcome this yourself. You feel self conscious, afraid and anxious at even the thought of speaking or performing in front of others. You might even look for ways to get out of the situation. You dread for days and weeks anticipating performing, telling yourself so many ‘What if’s?” that you experience physical symptoms of shortness of breath, sweating, trembling voice and muscle tension.

Whether you are a business professional, performing artist, entrepreneur or athlete, as a Performance Psychologist and Anxiety Coach I am here to help you:

  • Overcome anxiety, self doubt and fear when speaking in public or performing in pressure situations.
  • Gain fearless self-confidence and the mental and physical necessary skills to perform in ways that up until now seemed impossible.
  • Grow your business, move up the ladder at work, give effective and powerful presentations and perform without anxiety on stage or on the playing field.
  • Create powerful focus, concentration and presence while performing.

When you work with me you get access to everything I know about overcoming the emotional and physical symptoms of anxiety. Working as a team together, I will teach you the ‘Mental Game’ skills necessary to change your thinking and coach you to create self-confidence in any performing situation.

As we work together I’ll encourage you to share your deepest fears in an atmosphere of trust and safety. I will be there for you as you make the transition from fearful to fearless. There will never be ANYTHING we cannot talk about in order to move you forward towards your performing goals.

And by the time our work together is done you’ll be able to stand in front of an audience and effectively present yourself without the debilitating fear that has always sabotaged your success. As you are in a situation that creates pressure, you will be able to take charge and perform at your personal best, consistently and no matter what is going on around you.

The wonderful news is that you have the power to fearlessly take charge of your performance and life in ways you never imagined.

A Bit About Me (The Truth)

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Many have told me that it must be so nice to be a ‘Shrink’ and to have lived without fear all my life.

Nothing could be further from the truth.


Although I now write and coach others in order to help them increase their self-confidence and overcome their fears, I personally struggled for many years with low self-esteem and anxiety. This was especially true whenever I had to present myself socially to others or in a public speaking situation. I would get so sacred if I had to give a presentation that I would get physically sick.

(As a Psychologist, this certainly wasn’t going to help my credibility as an ‘expert’ who could help others with their fears!)

It wasn’t until I was in graduate school earning my Doctorate that I decided enough was enough. I remember the day that I made a decision to commit to beating my fears/anxieties. It was time to begin to live what I now call an ‘Outrageous’ life of boldness and creativity. The journey was not always easy, but I stayed focused on my goals.

In fact, as I began to discover my true value and confidence, I sounded less and less like a traditional (and boring) ‘Shrink’ and more and more like someone who truly believed in the amazing potential of those I worked with (including myself!). I realized that no matter what your background or experience had been in life, you are capable of dramatic shifts in how you see yourself.

In short, I saw what you (and I) are capable of.

What I Do

I Coach

For 34 years I have practiced as a Performance Psychologist and Coach, working with a limited number of clients a year. My clients work with me because they are ready for their NEXT level of achievement. They are tired of excuses and self-imposed obstacles and are ready to work with me.

My clients know that it’s time to face their biggest fears and handle them … not just for now, but for ever.

I Write

I write on performing fearlessly, creating outrageously and living boldly. On occasion, I write about things that don’t fit neatly into one of these categories.

My goal is to create insightful, relevant and practical content that you can put to work today in your personal and professional life.

I am privileged to have authored The Assertive Communicator; From Panic to Peace; Stress, Resiliency & Taking Charge of Your Life; and the upcoming Creating an Outrageous Life.

I Speak

I have been speaking publicly for more than 30 years and am the recipient of the Bronze Microphone Award of the National Speakers Association, Los Angeles Chapter.

I speak on topics related to performance enhancement, fearless creativity and business building, customizing my presentations to meet your organization’s specific needs.

A Few More Details

My undergraduate training was at Westmont College, and later I earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Pepperdine University. My Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is from Rosemead Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

I am currently licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in California and certified in Applied Performance/Sport Psychology from the Optimal Performance Institute, specializing in performance enhancement for executives, performing artists and athletes.

I live in Orange County, CA, with my creative and wonderful family. My incredible wife of 34 years, Ramona, is an Artist while my talented son is an Actor and my daughter a fabulous Writer (can you tell I’m a bit proud of them all?).

Connect with Me and Join My Amazing Community

If you desire to enhance your performance and achieve your dreams, then this site is for you. In fact, I would love for you to become a part of my amazing and growing community. All that you need to do to be a part of what is happening here is to sign up for my weekly blog posts (in the box in the upper right of this page).

As an appreciation for joining me, I will send you a copy of my 52 page e-book, Overcoming Anxiety & Stagefright, absolutely free as my thank you for letting my work into your life.

If you ever have any comments, requests or just want to say “Hi”, you can connect with me directly at nick@drnicklazaris.com. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you take a look around the site!