1st Edition

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Sport and Performance An Applied Practice Guide

    214 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Many sport and performance psychologists worldwide practise cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) as a therapeutic and applied practice approach. But no textbook currently offers a blueprint to understand and use CBT in sport and performance settings.

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Sport and Performance: An Applied Practice Guide builds upon a tangible foundation for the practice of CBT and related techniques in sport and performance contexts. This new book presents key points to help students and practitioners bring CBT into the sport and performance context. We focus on the ‘what is’ and the ‘how to’.

    Drawing upon the latest research and a wealth of applied practice experience, this easy-to-use guide takes the reader through each step of the CBT process with case examples, plain instructions, and worksheets to maximise the quality and depth necessary for effective CBT practice.

    As an applied guide, this book educates undergraduates and postgraduates in sport and performance psychology (and all its variants). This book is an instrumental guidance material for sport and exercise psychology students but also invaluable as a practice guide for performance psychology trainees in applied practice placements and as a refresher primer for established professionals.

    Section I: Background

    1. Introducing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

    2. CBT Training, Supervision, and Delivery

    Section II: Getting Started with CBT

    3. CBT in the Field: Getting Started

    4. The Therapeutic Relationship and the First Session

    5. Assessment and Formulation

    6. Measurement in CBT

    7. Interventions

    Section III: Reflecting and Enhancing Practice

    8. Education Issues

    9. Evaluation and Transition to Client Self-help

    10. Troubleshooting


    Paul McCarthy, PhD, leads the taught doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. He is a BPS chartered psychologist and a HCPC-registered sport and exercise psychologist.

    Sahen Gupta is a Lecturer in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He is nearing completion of his Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology and his Chartered status with BPS and HCPC (April 2023). He focuses on CBT, resilience, and athlete development for mental health and high performance. He is the Founder of Discovery Sport and Performance Lab, working to implement sport psychology across multiple countries and cultures.

    Lindsey Burns, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Herriot Watt University, UK. Lindsey is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a HCPC practitioner health psychologist.