Sport Psychology

Iowa State University’s Sport Psychology Services (SPS), provided through Student Counseling Services (SCS), are committed to offering quality and comprehensive psychological services to ISU student-athletes. We believe that athletes are able to achieve optimal performance (both on and off the field/court/pitch/mat) when they are a “whole healthy athlete.” Consistent with this belief, we aim to help student-athletes navigate and address a wide range of issues including, but not limited to: adjusting to college, enhancing athletic performance, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, disordered eating and body image concerns, academic challenges, increasing confidence, and goal-setting. Our staff aspires to provide these services while recognizing the unique challenges and values associated with elite level athletics in order help student-athletes’ reach their goals and promote holistic well-being.

About Sport Psychology Services at Student Counseling Services

Sport psychology is a multidisciplinary field drawing upon theory and practical research from the fields of psychology and sport science aimed at helping athletes achieve optimal performance. Consistent with our mission, we believe that athletes perform at their best when they are physically, relationally and emotionally healthy. Accordingly, common services involved in the applied application of sport psychology may include:

  • Individual consultation/counseling
  • Group or team consultation
  • Outreach programming

How to Make Appointments

Initial appointments can be made one of two ways:

Student-athletes can independently, or in conjunction with their Sports Medicine team, contact Student Counseling Services directly at 515-294-5056 and schedule an initial triage appointment. Student-athletes may also choose to attend a general walk-in triage appointment by coming to Student Counseling Service Monday-Thursday between the hours of 8 A.M. and 3 P.M. to meet with a member of the SCS staff.

Crisis services are also provided through the Student Counseling Service, Monday-Friday from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.