Student Athletes

Dr. Jaime Jenkins

Director of Athletics Counseling and Sports Psychology Services

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Student Athlete Specialized Services

In addition to the services offered by the Student Counseling Center for all JU students, we offer specialized services for student athletes. Dr. Jaime Jenkins organizes the services for student athletes.

Performance Enhancement Sessions

Individual performance enhancement sessions are tailored to each student athlete to improve the mental skills needed for peak athletic performance. Potential topics may include (but are not limited to) focus, goal setting, motivation, self-talk, energy management, injury, and confidence.  

Performance Enhancement Workshops

Small-group workshops are offered throughout the semester and are open for all student athletes and high performers. See below for details, including a list of topics and how to sign up.   

Team Workshops

Team workshops are coordinated with coaches to provide performance enhancement services in a group setting. Workshop topics may include (but are not limited to) effective communication, goal setting, energy management, and team building. Coaches can request tailored workshops to address the unique needs of their team.

Staff Trainings

Staff trainings aim to assist staff in how to best support student athletes’ mental health and wellness. Potential topics may include referral procedures, effective communication, and diversity/inclusion.

Instagram Page: @ju_counseling_athletes 

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The Student Counseling Center offers workshops specifically tailored for student athletes and high performers. Workshops topics may include: Setting Goals, Optimizing Energy, Enhancing Body Image, Incorporating Mindfulness, Harnessing Strengths, etc.


Phin-Jured Athlete Group


Mondays 7:30pm, DCOB 128  |  Open to JU Student Athletes

Led by: Student Athletes Gabby Holtrop & Tino Chiweshe, w/ JU Counselors Tiffany Cummins, B.S. & Stephanie Grebe, B.A.

Support is essential through all seasons of the student athlete experience. The Student Counseling Center has partnered with SAAC to offer this group for student athletes who are currently injured or who have recovered from an injury. Injuries can be big or small, physical or mental! Group meetings will consist of informal conversations led by student athlete leaders and facilitated by JU Counselors.

Circle of Support


Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm  |  Contact Dr. Jaime Jenkins at 352-514-5464 for a consultation

Led by: Dr. Jaime Jenkins

One of the most effective ways to heal after a traumatic loss is to build connections with others in a supportive space. This group will provide a safe space for compassionate connection with others who have experienced losing a loved one, a teammate, or a family member, and for those who are supporting loved ones going through the grieving process.

In The Swell


Fridays 1:30-2:15pm, Outside Botts Hall  |  Open to all JU students, faculty, and staff

Led by: Dr. Jaime Jenkins

Imagine the rise and fall of ocean waves, with dolphins frolicking playfully in the swell, and surfers patiently waiting for just the right moment to start paddling. This is a moment of mindfulness, which involves practices that help reduce physical responses of anxiety, enhance mental clarity, increase focus, and improve performance. Join us for a guided session of mindful meditation, visualization, or relaxation, and group discussion about meditation practices. Anyone at JU wanting to learn more about the power of the present moment may participate, no experience or ongoing commitment required.

Dates: 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21

Relaxation Exercises

Relaxation exercises are a highly effective and accessible way to reduce stress affecting the mind and body, increase focus and performance, and improve overall health and wellbeing. In general, these exercises involve slowing down, focusing on something calming, and increasing body awareness. When you find a technique that resonates with you, practice it regularly to enhance the benefits you'll experience. Check out a few guided examples in the playlist linked below!

Relaxation Exercise Video Playlist

Student Athlete Mental Health Referral Form

If you are a staff member within the Jacksonville University Athletics department, you can refer student athletes for counseling by completing the Student Athlete Mental Health Referral Form using the button below.

In an emergency, please call 911, campus security at (904) 256-7585, or the Suicide & Crisis Hotline at 988.

If the concern about a student athlete has a broader scope and impacts academics, living in the residence halls, or conduct, please complete the university’s CARE form instead of this form.

Student Athlete Mental Health Referral Form


Mental Health Resources (NCAA)

Modules for Supporting Student Athlete Mental Wellness (NCAA)

Sleep and Wellness for College Athletes (NCAA)

Life After the Game (NCAA)

Resources for Athletes with Mental Health Concerns (Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression)

Resources for Injured Athletes (Sidelined USA)

Stories to Increase Mental Health Awareness (Players' Tribune)

Athletes Connected (University of Michigan)

Resources for LGBTQ+ Athletes and Allies (You Can Play Project)


The Student Counseling Center offers training in using HeartMath, which is a science-based biofeedback technology that is proven to increase inner balance and self-security. HeartMath Inner Balance devices pair with your mobile device via Bluetooth to help you gain awareness of stress within your body in order to regulate your physical responses. This may be useful for things like reducing anxiety, enhancing performance, and improving sleep. HeartMath devices are available for check-out for 30 days at a time, with the support of a counselor at the SCC.

To find out more information about HeartMath, visit

Quick Coherence Technique

Watch this short video as a guide to practicing restorative heart-centered breathing. This can help to improve your self-regulation, center yourself in the present moment, and get focused on what's ahead of you. It can be especially effective when used before an event, such as team practice, competition, or any time that you want to adjust your energy levels, either by calming down or becoming energized, depending on your personal needs.