Frequently Asked Questions

What are the qualifications for providers to be listed on the site?

Providers are encouraged to be licensed by a state board in the United States to provide counseling and consultative services. Providers must have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field. A consultant with a masters in Sports Psychology is acceptable. Psychologists (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social workers (LCSW), licensed professional counselors (LPC, or Association of Applied Sports Psychology (AASP) Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC), and associate level licensure is also acceptable. We encourage you to join if you specialize or have an interest in working with the athlete population. If you have questions about whether your license is accepted please contact

Are life coaches or nutrition coaches allowed to have profiles on the site?

Life coaches and nutrition coaches will not be approved for a profile listing at this time. Therapists must hold a license provided by a state board.

What are the benefits of joining the ‘Counseling for Athletes’ community?

  • We are regularly adding new features for all of our users.
  • Receive referrals and expand your referral base to student and professional athletes across the nation.
  • Save time on administrative tasks by receiving referrals that meet your availability and qualifications.
  • Access to a message board to communicate with other therapists regarding questions, referrals, and exclusive information for members. 
  • Highlight your work and practice via the ‘Counseling for Athletes’ directory.

Can group practices join?

Yes, absolutely! We suggest that each individual member of a group practice to create their own profile to list specific specialties and availability so athletes can choose a particular provider who will be the best fit for their needs. Group practices can also create one general group profile for the entire practice.

If I don’t have any openings, is it worth joining?

Absolutely! We’ve designed ‘Counseling for Athletes’ so that you can keep your online profile even when you are full by updating your availability to “I am not accepting new clients.” We hope this will reduce your administrative burden because you will not continue to receive excess referrals that you cannot accommodate. Once you have an opening, you can change your settings to “I am accepting new clients” and you can specify the associated payment type for that session (in-network, out-of-network, sliding scale).

If I don’t accept insurance, is it worth joining?

Yes. There are many young adults who either have out-of-network benefits or may have the financial means to pay for sessions out-of-pocket. When you list your availability on your profile you can specify whether you are accepting only out-of-pocket/out-of-network, in-network, sliding scale, or any combination of the aforementioned.

Do you handle payment from insurance?

No. We are not involved in the payment management of a therapist’s practice. On your profile you can list the types of in-network insurance you accept, as well as the payment types you accept (cash, check, Venmo, etc.) but we leave the exchange of payment and insurance information between you and your clients.

How do I receive referrals from ‘Counseling for Athletes’?

Athletes will initially make contact with you by submitting a brief email message through your profile page. You will receive this message at the work email address you listed when you completed your profile. 

The email will be entitled “New Referral” and sent from “” We encourage you to check your spam folder regularly to ensure you are receiving these emails. Athletes can also contact you directly through your website.

How can I contribute to the ‘Counseling for Athletes’ blog?

We love to feature our providers’ work! We welcome any material that is relevant to youth/adolescent athletes, providers who work with student, professional, or competitive athletes, or general athlete mental health. Feel free to send along your written work to Customer Service for review. If your work is selected, we will of course credit you as the author and feature your work on our social media platforms. We will also link your blog post to your profile so athletes can learn more about your work.
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