Personal Counseling

Just like other college students, WVU student-athletes have a variety of personal, social, and academic concerns. Learning to become independent and live away from home, identifying an academic major and career path, cultivating meaningful new relationships, and clarifying personal values are just a few of the normal developmental struggles of college students that WVU student-athletes also face.

At one time or another, student-athletes encounter unique problems with living such as managing stress and limited time, incurring an athletic injury, dysfunctional eating behaviors, anxiety, depression, alcohol or drug abuse, loss of a loved one, and trying to balance the roles of student, athlete and young adult. While most of the time, student-athletes successfully work through these difficulties, sometimes they require more specialized, professional assistance.

In these situations, student-athletes are often referred by coaches, athletic trainers, or peers to the WVU Counseling Service where Dr. Ed Etzel, a licensed psychologist and sport psychologist works for WVU Intercollegiate Athletics. Approximately 10 percent of the WVU student-athlete population will seek some form of mental health assistance at WellWVU’s Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Service during any given year.

All contacts and discussions with service professional are confidential. No reports of counseling are shared with coaches, faculty, or parents except with a student-athlete's written permission. No record of counseling appears in academic records or transcripts. With the exception of some psychological testing, (for example personality or occupational interest testing), all services are free.

WellWVU Carruth Center Psychological and Psychiatric Services

- Infofacts Resources: College Athletes and Alcohol and Other Drug Use

The Carruth Center is located on the second floor of the new Health and Education building on the Evansdale campus adjacent to the Rec Center. Call Dr. Ed Etzel at 293-7062 or 293-4431 (24 hours a day) or by e-mail edward.etzel@mail.wvu.edu for information or to arrange for an appointment.

WHY VISIT A PSYCHOLOGIST? Examples of WVU Athletes Presenting Concerns

- Adjustment to WVU and team

- Uncertain academic major; career path

- Moodiness depressed, anxious, edgy, anger, suicidal thoughts

- Pre-competition anxiety

- Divorce of parents

- Death in family

- Coping with injury and rehabilitation; career ending injury

- Interest in being able to focus better

- Conflict with coach, teammates, roommates

- Not playing; playing status

- Loss of confidence

- Post-concussion syndrome

- Sexual identity questions

- Learning disability evaluation

- Assault; stalking

- Gambling

- Drinking too much; recreational drug use; positive drug screen

- Perfectionism

- Unhealthy eating; eating disorder

- Retirement from sports; cut from a team