Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Information for Student-Athletes

Want to compete more effectively? We can help!

Who We Are

Our diverse staff includes multiple staff members that have been certified as sport psychologists. We are interested in your personal experience as an athlete and seek to work collaboratively with you on your personal, athletic, social, and academic goals. We embrace and appreciate all aspects of your identity and see you as an individual, athlete, and student.  

What We Do for Athletes

  • Acknowledge and assist in managing the multiple demands and pressures you experience
  • Help navigate feelings of stress, helplessness, depression, loss, inability to concentrate, etc.
  • Work with students to navigate an environment that normalizes alcohol and drug use, unhealthy sleep patterns, and self-destructive eating patterns
  • Seek to understand your unique needs and provide support to help you meet your personal goals and achieve fulfillment

Do student athletes actually come to the Counseling Center?

During the past academic year alone, we spoke with more than 60 student-athletes for issues including stress, time management, performance enhancement, dealing with athletic injury, depressive symptoms including lack of energy and difficulty sleeping, and improving team chemistry. We have noticed increases in the number of student athletes using our services over the past several years and hope to continue to grow in this direction.

What do student athletes say about it?

Student athletes report that as a result of counseling they:

  • Make noticeable improvements in progressing towards their goals and in reducing overall levels of distress.
  • Note improvements in athletic performance, satisfaction with relationships, academic progress, and feeling generally less stressed and happier. 
  • Report positive experiences in the Counseling Center and note feeling understood and helped by their counselors. 

We are confident in our efforts and ability to help you (a) improve upon skills you already have, (b) develop new skills as needed, and (c) to listen in a supportive and helpful way to your concerns and experiences as a student athlete on campus.

We hope that you consider the Counseling Center as a resource available to you and invite you to come in to make an appointment to speak with us.

The Logistics

For information regarding yourself or another person about whom you are concerned, please call 410-617-2273 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our confidential services are free of charge and we are conveniently located in the Humanities Building across from the Student Center.  For emergencies occurring after hours or on weekends, call Campus Police at 410-617-5911 or use 911. We look forward to working with you.

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