Mental Health Services


To create an inclusive culture that emphasizes and unites the importance of holistic health for ETSU Division I student-athletes across various platforms including but not limited to mental health, emotional wellness, and performance.


The mission of ETSU’s Mental Health Services is to provide comprehensive support to enhance the wellness of student-athletes on and off the field. Through an integrated care model, we work to provide the best support outside of academic and athletic commitments as Division I student-athletes. We strive to create an environment of safety and understanding, where our student-athletes are empowered to ask for help and receive the care and support they need.


One-on-One Counseling

  • Confidential, personalized individual counseling visits
  • Some student-athletes may benefit from one visit, whereas others may benefit from multiple visits; this is determined collaboratively on a case-by-case basis with the student-athlete and mental health professional.
  • Intervention modalities include: Cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, person-centered therapy, and strength-based therapy.

Team Sessions

  • Team or group sessions are available for ETSU’s Division I athletic teams and are developed in collaboration with the students, coaches, staff and/or administrators
  • They are designed to provide a safe, supportive space for athletes to share their experiences and learn from one another.
  • Topics include but are not limited to optimizing self-talk, leadership, goal achievement, effective communication, stress management, mindfulness, and performance enhancement.

Psychoeducational Workshops

  • Psychoeducational services may include educational seminars, coping skill workshops, and other educational programs designed to help athletes better understand and manage their mental health


ETSU Integrated Sports Medicine Program includes: 

Dr Sam Lyon

Dr. Samantha Lyon 

Taylor Roberts 




ETSU BucSports Medicine Clinic at: 1043 Jack Vest Dr, Johnson City, TN 37614

  • Located within the Parking Garage, free parking in front of the clinic

ETSU Athletic Training Room at: 1081 John Robert Bell Dr #127, Johnson City, Tennessee 37614

  • Located within the Mini Dome, parking in the parking garage available for students



Initial intakes are free for ETSU Division I student-athletes. Thereafter additional support and information will be provided on a case-by-case basis.


All information you share with the behavioral health provider is legally confidential and not revealed to anyone without your permission (or your parents’ permission if you are under 18), except for the following reasons:  

  1. Where there is reasonable suspicion of child abuse, dependent adult abuse, or elder adult abuse. 
  2. If you reveal to the provider that an alleged perpetrator is in contact with minors and there is reasonable suspicion that he or she may still be abusing minors. 
  3. Where there is reasonable suspicion that you may present a danger of violence to others. 
  4. Where there is reasonable suspicion that you are likely to harm yourself unless protective measures are taken. 
  5. A student-athlete or the provider may desire portions of the patient record released to a person or entity associated with treatment. These releases will require written consent and the risk and benefits of the released information will be discussed with the patient. 
  6. If a court of law issues a court order, the provider is required by law to comply with the order. 
  7. Behavioral health clinicians coordinate care through information exchange with ETSU Athletic Trainers and treating physicians from within Sports Medicine. Some information (e.g., date of visit, diagnosis, treatment interventions, and progress) will be documented in your medical chart which can be accessed by the Sports Medicine physicians.