Creighton University Athletics and Student Counseling Services (SCS) are dedicated to supporting the overall success and well-being of our student-athletes. The Athletic Counseling and Performance Clinic (powered by SCS) provides psychological services to student-athletes, promotes mental wellness, and supports overall student-athlete development.
Student-athletes seek services at the Athletic Counseling and Performance Clinic (ACPC) for a variety of reasons. The clinic provides:
- One-on-one counseling: an opportunity to explore concerns one-on-one with a mental health professional that may be interfering with athletic, academic, and/or personal life. This is often goal-focused and short-term in duration. One-on-one counseling may also involve performance counseling focused on increasing mental skills needed for optimal performance.
- Team/small group sessions: enables teams and/or small groups to address concerns around general mental health and performance. Sessions may include team building, goal-setting, communication, mental skills, stress management, sleep hygiene etc.
- Consultation: with coaches, trainers, and other athletic staff as needed
- Outreach: educational programming focused on mental health and overall well-being for athletic staff and student-athletes
- Access to additional resources: self-help resources, workshops, groups, ADHD/LD testing, psychiatry etc. Assessment services and psychiatry services require additional fees.
If you are interested in being seen within the Athletic Counseling and Performance Clinic, inform your athletic trainer who can provide a referral to the clinic, or contact Dr. Alyssa Newman at alyssanewman [at] creighton [dot] edu.
Student-athletes can also seek mental health services through Student Counseling Services. To schedule an appointment, call 402-280-2735.
Upon reaching out to the ACPC, you will be scheduled for an initial appointment focused on discussing your needs. Prior to the appointment, you will be asked to complete consent forms and some paperwork to allow more time focused on your needs and less time spent on background information.
Alyssa Newman, PsyD
alyssanewman [at] creighton [dot] edu
Dr. Newman is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2018 and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral internship at Creighton University’s Student Counseling Services. Dr. Newman currently works as a Staff Psychologist in Student Counseling Services providing individual therapy to undergraduate and professional students; supervising doctoral-level psychology trainees; and coordinating services for those with eating concerns. Dr. Newman has worked with a wide variety of presenting concerns and has experience working in community mental health, an eating disorder treatment center, and university counseling centers. Dr. Newman, in collaboration with Student Counseling Services and Creighton University Athletics, helped to develop the Athletic Counseling and Performance Clinic (powered by SCS), housed within the athletics department, in Fall 2018. As part of the Athletic Counseling and Performance Clinic, Dr. Newman provides student-athletes with one-on-one counseling and mental skills training, in addition to offering team/small group sessions and outreach to athletics staff. She has experience working with NCAA Division I and II athletes and has provided concussion management to both high school and college athletes. Dr. Newman has also completed the “Developing Your Knowledge, Skills, and Practice in Sport Psychology” Workshop through the Ohio Center for Sport Psychology. Dr. Newman is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and a member of the Nebraska Eating Disorders Network. In her free time, Dr. Newman enjoys writing, yoga, and spending time with her partner and cats.
Jennifer Peter, PsyD
Senior Director, Student Counseling Services
jenniferpeter [at] creighton [dot] edu
Dr. Peter is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of Student Counseling Services. She received her PsyD from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1995 from Oakland University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Richard Young Hospital and UNMC Psychiatry. She has been the Director of Student Counseling Services since August 2017. Prior to coming to Creighton, Dr. Peter worked for CHI Health Psychiatric Associates starting in 2008 as a staff psychologist and progressed through leadership positions finally serving as the Divisional Director for Psychiatric Associates before her departure. Along with her administrative responsibilities, Dr. Peter also provides individual therapy for undergraduate and professional students. In addition, she provides administrative and clinical supervision to staff and trainees and supports outreach efforts to all students, staff, and faculty on campus. Dr. Peter has worked with a variety of presenting concerns in multiple settings including community mental health, partial hospitals, inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers and EAP. She approaches treatment with a holistic and interpersonal framework. Dr. Peter is a strong proponent of integrative approaches to care and collaboration across health professions. Dr. Peter is a member of the Association of University College Counseling Centers. Dr. Peter is originally from Michigan but has lived in Omaha since 2000. She is married with two teen-aged children and 2 playful dogs.
Mark Jones, PhD
Mental Health and Sports Performance Consultant
jonesmr_2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
Dr. Jones is presently the vice president of Northpoint Recovery in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to joining Northpoint, Jones served as the general director of health and medical services at Union Pacific Railroad located in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Jones’s job duties at UPRR include overseeing a health and safety service delivery model covering 30,000 employees. Prior to his 17 year tenure at UPRR, Dr. Jones was the Vice President of Clinical Services Maplewood Behavioral Health. Dr. Jones has also served as the Clinical Director of Behavioral Health programs at Father Flanagan’s Boys Home at Boys Town, Nebraska. Dr. Jones has a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, a master’s degree in Human Development from the University of Kansas, an MBA from Creighton, and a doctorate degree in Education from the University of Nebraska –Lincoln. Jones holds a certificate in neurobiology from Portland State University. He has served on the faculty at Creighton University and Bellevue University. Dr. Jones is the author of several published academic articles and has been an invited speaker at numerous national conferences. Jones also serves on the Executive Board for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the National Steering Committee for the Covid response for suicide prevention. He is board president for the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska and served as vice president for the Employee Assistance Roundtable, a cohort of Fortune 500 companies with internal employee assistance programs. Dr. Jones and his wife, Paula are the parents of three adult age daughters. Dr. Jones was a scholarship student-athlete at Creighton University and is a 2007 inductee into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Jones also serves as the Mental Health and Sports Performance consultant for Creighton Athletics.
Zach Besecker, BA
ZacharyBesecker [at] creighton [dot] edu
Zach is a current Pre-Doctoral intern at Creighton University’s Student Counseling Services. He completed his undergraduate degree at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and currently attends Xavier University for his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Zach has worked at multiple college counseling centers in the past and is excited to work with Creighton’s student-athletes this year. In his spare time, Zach enjoys playing ice hockey, golf, and rooting for his hometown Buffalo sports teams.
Supriya Bhatia, MD
supriyabhatia [at] creighton [dot] edu
Dr. Bhatia graduated from Creighton University with a degree in psychology and completed medical school at UNMC. Dr. Bhatia is double boarded in Adult and Child And Adolescent Psychiatry. She has a wide range of knowledge and experience working with various mental health difficulties. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs.