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Dr. Désarée Festa
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Dr. Désarée Festa - Charlotte 49ers Sport Psychologist

Office Hours: Fridays from 9 AM – 5 PM in ATAC A128 (by W. Basketball). Drop-in or schedule an appointment (best method).

Campus Email: 

Office Phone Number: 704-687-5587

*Charlotte 49er Student-Athletes should email Désarée to schedule an appointment!


 Tuesdays through Saturdays Désarée is at her Private Practice @ Southeast Psych

Off-Campus Number: 704-552-0116

Private Practice Email:



Sport Psychology Life Skill sessions for Fall 2014:

Fri., Oct. 17th 12:00 PM Winning with Habits 
Mon., Oct. 20th 6:00 PM Achieving Balance as a Student-Athlete
Fri., Nov. 7th 12:00 PM Leadership Training 101
Mon., Nov. 17th 6:00 PM Bouncing Back from an Injury






*Athletes can receive a life skills credit by participating in a one-on-one sport performance consult or by attending a life skills session. 


A little bit about 
Dr. Désarée Festa

Désarée specializes in optimizing human performance and working with student-athletes.  She helps her athletes gain the competitive edge in their sport and strengthen their mind-body connection by using performance enhancement techniques and cutting-edge biofeedback technology. Désarée also helps athletes address any life issues that may or may not be interfering with their athletic performance. Her experience includes working with Division I, Olympic caliber, and amateur athletes throughout the Southeast.  Désarée is a Sport Psychologist within the Mind Over Body division of Southeast Psych, a private psychology practice located in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, NC. She is a Licensed Psychologist and has extensive training in sport and exercise psychology.

Désarée Festa earned her Ph.D. from the Combined Program in Counseling Psychology & School Psychology at Florida State University. She received her Master's degree in Sport Psychology from Florida State University and worked with student-athletes at The College of William & Mary during her doctoral internship. Désarée received her undergraduate degree from Eastern University where she majored in psychology, minored in sport & coaching, and was a student-athlete. 


What is sport psychology?

 Sport psychology focuses on training and enhancing an athlete's mental, emotional, and interpersonal factors that impact his or her performance and participation in sport. It also helps teams improve their ability to work as a unit and can be an additional resource for coaches.  Sport Psychologists are individuals who are licensed as a Psychologist (received doctoral training as a therapist) and have separate and specialized training as a sport psychology/performance enhancement consultant. A true Sport Psychologist (both licensed as a psychologist with additional training as a sport psychology/performance enhancement consultant) are limited in number in the United States.

When should you use a sport psychologist?

 ANY ATHLETE CAN USE SPORT PSYCHOLOGY. Many elite athletes and top athletic programs use sport psychology in order to get the extra edge in their sport. If you are an athlete that is experiencing any barriers in your sport or is motivated to achieve your optimal potential, you should definitely consult an expert in sport psychology. Coaches can refer athletes if they would like them to receive individualized and tailored mental skills training. In addition to sport performance enhancement, you can meet with the UNCC sport psychology consultant to discuss any personal issues that may or may not be interfering with your sport. 


What are common sport psychology topics?

A sport psychologist can work with teams or individuals on the following topics:

- performance anxiety 

- getting in the zone      

- managing transition into a higher level of competition

-enhanced confidence 


-managing dual roles of student athlete              


-increased motivation                 

-team communication

-team building 

 -pre-competition routines                         

-managing intense competition/pressure          


What are common life issues an athlete can address with a sport psychologist?

-concerns about academics

 -issues with friends and family

-alcohol and other drug issues

-eating/body image concerns

-relationship issues

-better understanding self and others


Is it confidential?       

Yes! Confidential one-on-one sessions are provided to help 49er student-athletes perform to the best of their ability in their sport, in the classroom and in the game of life, unless the athlete states otherwise.


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