Collegiate athletes face a variety of stressors on and off the field. They face exhausting schedules involving practice, strength and conditioning, physical therapy, part-time jobs, internships, and full-time class schedules. They experience sport-related injuries, performance anxiety, and grief when transitioning out of competitive athletics. CBT SoCal’s Dr. Jason von Stietz recently had the honor presenting at National University’s Center for Performance Psychology Conference on his experience providing mental health and sport psychology services at the NCAA Division III level.
Dr. von Stietz currently holds the position of Sport Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, which is a joint position between the Counseling Center and the Athletic Department at Whittier College, a small liberal arts college in Los Angeles County. His conference presentation highlighted the many services he provides for NCAA student-athletes. Dr. von Stietz discussed his experience helping to provide mental health screenings to all student-athletes on campus, which serves the purpose of decreasing stigma and helping athletes to receive mental health treatment when needed. He discussed his role on the university’s concussion committee in which he collaborates with other campus departments and provides consultations to concussed students. He also discussed his time providing “Let’s Talk” consultations in which he has weekly office hours in the university’s athletic center and residence hall to provide student-athletes easier access to mental healthcare. Lastly, he discussed his experience providing team building and mental skills training to the university’s athletic teams to help them to focus under pressure and perform at their best.
Dr. Jason von Stietz specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Sport/Performance Psychology in Torrance, CA. He works in the Torrance office and is available for a free initial phone consultation. Dr. von Stietz works with individuals from Long Beach, the greater Los Angeles area, and the South Bay including Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and El Segundo.