Meet the Student-Athlete Dedicated Counselor
Focused on providing mental health counseling services to the student-athlete population, and consultation to Athletic Department personnel, this position aims to increase access to services and encourage help-seeking behaviors among the student-athlete population. Mental health occurs on a continuum and athletes are encouraged to seek support at any time.
Location: Counseling Center | Foust Room 102
Brooke Bechtel, MA, LPC, NCC
Student-Athlete Dedicated Counselor
I support each student-athlete's mental health and wellness not only within their sport, but within all aspects of their life. Balancing athletics, academics, relationships, families, and daily life experiences can be overwhelming; counseling is a space where individuals can learn new skills and strategies to navigate daily life. Being mentally tough is not synonymous with being shatterproof.
Counseling is a collaborative process. I place a high value in the therapeutic relationship and will make every effort to understand each individual, and their lived experience. I will work to create a comfortable environment to help one feel safe to share their story. Everyone has the power within themselves to make positive changes in their life; my role is to help draw on strengths, support growth, and provide tools to handle life's challenges as they come.
I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology (Minor: Substance Abuse Intervention and Prevention) and Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University. I have worked with the CMU Counseling Center since 2016, and in the role of Student-Athlete Dedicated Counselor since 2018. Prior to my roles at CMU, I worked as a therapist in the community, and as the Sexual Assault Response Team Lead at Behavioral Health Programs for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.
How to schedule an appointment
Call the Counseling Center at 989-774-3381, or click the button below to request an appointment. The Counseling Center is open Monday - Friday 8AM-12PM and 1PM-5PM.
If your concerns require immediate attention, same or next day urgent appointments are available at the Counseling Center. Please call the Counseling Center 989-774-3381 if you need an urgent appointment.