TOPPS is Hiring a Clinical Sport Psychologist
TEXAS OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE & PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
TOPPS is committed to meeting the unique needs of our clients seeking to improve athletic, social, academic, and professional performance. We work with individuals, teams, and groups. At TOPPS we work with each client to develop customized performance and treatment plans. TOPPS recognizes the inherent abilities of our clients and embraces a strength-based approach in order to maximize those abilities.
TOPPS offers an array of specialized, one-of-a-kind services and programs. We develop and personalize each program to assist in unlocking your full potential. We believe in the “we” approach and utilize a variety of services for our clients to reach their individual goals. We also have a bilingual psychologist on staff to help our Spanish speaking clients and their family members.
Our objective at TOPPS is to establish a positive working relationship with our clients. As you move forward in various life endeavors, we hope to be by your side to provide the support and encouragement that you need to thrive in our competitive world. Why settle for GOOD when you can be GREAT?
Here at TOPPS, we specialize in performance and sport enhancement. One of our clinicians, Dr. Hillary Cauthen is the only Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology in Austin! Members of this elite group of specialized clinicians must hold a masters or doctorate degree and meet specific coursework and training requirements within the field of sport psychology, including extensive supervision. Dr. Cauthen is also listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sports Psychology Registry. In addition to helping athletes and performers, we also work with a broad range of mental health related issues:
Gender & sexuality
Acculturation & immigration
Racial identity & discord
Grief & loss
Trauma & PTSD
Adjustment & transitions
TOPPS does not take insurance and individual sessions cost $150/hour
We are centrally located in the heart of Austin, TX.
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3724 Jefferson St., Ste 308
Austin, TX 78731
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Dr. Hillary Cauthen
Director of Performance Services
Dr. Hillary Cauthen has been involved in athletics since the age of 4. Throughout her highly competitive training she has developed a love for sport and psychology. There are less than 700 Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology in the nation and Dr. Cauthen is the only one located in Austin! Members of this elite group must hold a masters or doctorate degree and meet specific coursework and training requirements within the field of sport psychology, including extensive supervision.
Even at an early age, she was curious about the athletic mindset and finding ways to enhance one's "heart" and inner drive to reach personal success. While pushing herself to her physical limits, she began to understand the importance of mental strength.
Her education began with a focus in sport psychology. Through her studies, she realized the magnitude sport had on one's personal growth. Understanding the psychological aspect of sport, she began to blend the fields of clinical and sport psychology.
Dr. Cauthen strongly believes in the practice of: embracing personal growth, enhancing performance, and enriching one's passion for athletic and professional endeavors.
Dr. Cauthen has 11 years of experience applying mental skills training, is an active member in her local community, and professional associations, such as Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and American Psychological Association - Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology). She also teaches at Texas State University in their psychology department and at John F. Kennedy University in their graduate sport psychology program.
Dr. Cauthen is currently a Licensed Psychological Associate in the state of Texas and is supervised by Dr. Catherine Bitney. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant. She is also the Membership Chair for the Division 47 of the APA - Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology.
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, 2013
M.A. Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, 2010
M.S. Sport Studies-Sport Behavior and Performance, Miami University, 2008
B.S. Kinesiology-Sport Studies, University of New Hampshire, 2006
B.A. Psychology, University of New Hampshire, 2006
Dr. Catherine Bitney
Director of Psychological Services
Dr. Catherine Bitney is passionate about sharing what she's learned from her many years of training within the field of psychology. It's amazing to reflect on all the moving parts that influence why someone does what they are doing. With her extensive training in personality, cultural psychology, and clinical psychology, Dr. Bitney is able to help clients better understand what they need to feel more fulfilled and happy in their lives.
Dr. Bitney enjoys helping clients to reach their full potential and to have successful relationships (at school, work, home, and on sports teams). She loves working with parents who want to help their children get a healthy sense of self (including parents with transracial adoptions or foster care parents). She specializes in identity development and exploration, as well as helping clients find meaning and a sense of purpose in life (which research shows leads to greater contentment and happiness). What happens to our identities as we transition out of being competitive athletes? Or when we retire from a long career? How does our identity shift as we move from being a stay-at-home mom to re-joining the workforce? Dr. Bitney can help you through these types of transitions, as well as help you to get out of a rut and find new direction.
Because Dr. Bitney was trained in New York City, an epicenter for medical training and research, she received first-rate supervision and training from several leading doctors. Included in this training was a progressive model of treatment that utilizes both Psychodynamic Theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients through both short- and long-term therapy. Dr. Bitney also employs mindfulness techniques and positive psychology principles to help her clients find their strengths and to seek out enjoyment from life. For athletes, she helps them to set up pre-competition rituals, overcome crippling performance anxiety, and take their sport to new heights.
At times, we don’t have the time or energy for traditional, long-term, weekly therapy. Yet we might need answers and short-term solutions to get us through the moment. Dr. Bitney’s strong history of psychological testing has enabled her to utilize Collaborative Therapeutic Assessments for short-term, highly targeted testing. To learn more about this style of assessment, please see our testing page.
Dr. Bitney teaches full-time in the psychology department at Texas State University in San Marcos. She also has 10 years of clinical experience working with a wide range of clients with a variety of struggles. Dr. Bitney is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas. In addition, she is an active member in many professional associations, including:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Division 35 – Psychology of Women
Division 44 – Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues
Division 45– Psychology of Ethnic Minority Issues
Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA)
National Register of Health Service Psychologists
National Queer and Trans Therapist of Color Network
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, New School for Social Research, New York City (APA Accredited), 2012
M.A. Psychology, New School for Social Research, New York City, 2008
M.A. Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
B.A. Psychology, University of Maryland at College Park, 2000
Dr. Katie Hartmann
Licensed Psychologist & Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Challenges are part of being human, and there is no stigma in seeking help. A therapist is your guide through turbulent situations so you can emerge the other side more grounded, resilient, and embodied.
Dr. Hartmann pulls from over 8 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families to offer a variety of tools and techniques to help those who have experienced trauma and stressors. She has trained extensively in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based approach to healing traumatic stress, and is particularly passionate about helping youth develop a foundation for coping and resilience.
As part of this approach, Dr. Hartmann also understands that the entire family may need support when a child is struggling. She partners with parents/adults to navigate challenges, work therapeutic routines into daily life, and provide strategies so families can advocate for proper school-based support.
Dr. Hartmann is a Licensed Psychologist (Texas), Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (Texas), Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and has been trained in Somatic Experiencing, beginning and intermediate levels. She is also fluent in spoken and written Spanish and has experience with bilingual assessments.
Ph.D. School Psychology, Illinois State University (APA Accredited, NASP Approved), 2012
B.A. Psychology, Truman State University, 2006
Dr. Kate Czar
Dr. Kate Czar considers it an honor to support individuals in their journey toward improved mood, confidence, sense of self, psychological sturdiness, and active self-nourishment. She believes successful therapy results when a client brings openness to the process, where she meets them with authenticity and evidence-based interventions, all in the context of a trusting therapeutic relationship.
Dr. Czar is a strengths-based therapist who specializes in working with older adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, mood disorders, self-esteem/self-worth, life transitions, substance use issues, anger management, pain management, grief and loss (in their many forms), identity exploration, or simply a sense of feeling stuck or unfulfilled in life. With much of her career taking place as an integrated health psychologist in a primary care setting, Dr. Czar is well-equipped to approach emotional health concerns with an understanding of the mind-body connection and considering well-being from a holistic lens.
Dr. Czar utilizes evidence-based interventions, primarily mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) approaches. She regularly discusses with clients ways to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, to cultivate self-awareness and self-compassion, and to align one's behaviors with their values. These interventions are implemented with consideration of the unique person sitting in the therapy room, as opposed to in a "one-size-fits-all" fashion. Additionally, Dr. Czar deeply values diversity consciousness, strives to create an inclusive therapeutic space, and attends to aspects of identity in her clients' presenting concerns.
You can expect Dr. Czar to be warm and down-to-earth with a blend of professionalism and humor. Her style is relational, collaborative, and goal-oriented. Having been an athlete for much of her life, she continues to enjoy many sports, including soccer and flag football. She will work with you to establish therapy goals and will offer concrete concepts and skills to assist you in reaching those goals.
If you're not looking to initiate therapy but would like to learn more about mindfulness meditation, you might choose to attend one or more sessions with Dr. Czar in which the focus is specifically on starting or deepening your meditation practice.
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2012
M.A. Counseling Psychology, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2009
B.A. Psychology, Millersville University, 2005