An Interpersonal Psychotherapy Approach to Counseling Student Athletes: Clinical Implications of Athletic Identity
Article first published online: 3 JUL 2013
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Journal of College Counseling
Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 143–157, July 2013
How to Cite
Heird, E. B. and Steinfeldt, J. A. (2013), An Interpersonal Psychotherapy Approach to Counseling Student Athletes: Clinical Implications of Athletic Identity. Jnl of College Counseling, 16: 143–157. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1882.2013.00033.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 3 JUL 2013
- Received 09/26/10; Revised 01/25/11; Accepted 05/09/11
- student athletes;
- interpersonal psychotherapy
Research has shown that disruptive circumstances in an athlete's career (temporary injury, permanent injury, retirement) can pose significant difficulties, especially if the athlete has developed a salient athletic identity at the expense of a multidimensional self-concept. The authors present an interpersonal psychotherapy approach to case conceptualization with student athletes that can be effective because of its brief nature and focus on grief, role transitions, interpersonal deficits, and interpersonal disputes.