Désarée Festa, Ph.D., CC-AASP


Dr. Désarée Festa is a Sport & Performance Psychologist who specializes working with elite athletes, retired competitive athletes, and high level performers. Her sports experience includes working with Professional, Collegiate, Olympic/Team USA, and International level athletes and organizations. She also works with Corporations, working professionals, and individuals in the performing arts. Dr. Desaree helps her clients gain the competitive edge in their sport/careers by strengthening their mental resilience through performance enhancement techniques, research-based approaches, and cutting-edge biofeedback technology. She also helps her clients with the challenges of life that may or may not be impacting their sport/performance. Her goal is to optimize her clients’ life & performance.



Consulting Positions

Sport Psychologist for the Charlotte Hornets (NBA)

Consulting Sport Psychologist for the Charlotte Checkers (AHL)

Athletic Department Sport Psychologist for UNC Charlotte (NCAA)

Treating Clinician for NFL Substance Abuse Program (NFL)



Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology & School Psychology from Florida State University; Master’s in Sport Psychology from Florida State University 
Doctoral Internship at The College of William & Mary where she worked with college students and student-athletes


Undergraduate degree from Eastern University, with a major in Psychology, minor in Sport & Coaching, and was a student athlete
One of a limited number of “true” Sport Psychologists due to her training in both sport psychology and counseling psychology


Certified Sport and Performance Consultant (Certified Consultant for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology)





Individual & Team/Groups Mental Skills Training

Individual Counseling/Therapy

Draft Evaluations/Scouting

Life Skills Training For Athlete

Coaching Support/Training

Psychophysiology/Biofeedback Training

Presentations to large groups


Sports Clientele includes (but not limited to): 

Professional Basketball, Golf, & Ice Hockey

Division 1 Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Softball, Swimming, Soccer, and Field Hockey Programs

Athletic Club/Travel Organizations

Athletes in Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Softball, Football, Basketball, Track & Field, Swimming, Ice Hockey, Field Hockey, Soccer, Triathlon, Ultra-Marathon, Wrestling, Ice Skating, Equestrian, etc.

Division 1 & Collegiate Coaches, Athletic Staff

High Schools

Performers such as Competitive Dancers & International Ballroom Dancers

Professionals/Business Firms such as Brokers, Managers, and Executives

Students Preparing for Entrance Exams

Competitive Chess


Areas of Expertise

Sport/Exercise Psychology Career Counseling Life Transitions

Drug and Alcohol Problems   Eating/Body Image Issues  Relationship Issues

ADHD/ADD  Anxiety   Depression   Assessments  Learning Problems


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