1st Edition

Counselling Skills in Applied Sport Psychology Learning How to Counsel

By Paul McCarthy, Zoe Moffat Copyright 2024
    252 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Counselling Skills in Applied Sport Psychology is a new text that provides a ‘how to’ in basic counselling skills for sport psychology students and practitioners. The book supports scholarship in applied sport psychology at the upper undergraduate and postgraduate levels, especially for those training to become sport psychology practitioners.

    Presented in ten chapters and an extensive appendix (of forms and letters) to cater to the ranging needs of students, the book addresses basic counselling skills, their place in applied sport psychology, and personal development. The core of the book lies in exploring counselling models and how to counsel client-athletes through beginnings, middles, and endings. It delves more deeply into personal and professional development, especially understanding therapeutic modalities, supervision, and self-care.

    Providing a unique focus of basic counselling skills in applied sport psychology, concentrating on the professional relationship between the sport psychology practitioner and client-athlete in applied sport psychology practice, Counselling Skills in Applied Sport Psychology is essential reading and practice for upper undergraduates and postgraduates in applied sport psychology and sport and exercise psychology.

    1. Exploring counselling skills in applied sport psychology

    2. Understanding Your Self

    3. Understanding People from a Psychological Perspective

    4. The Therapeutic Relationship and Working Contexts

    5. A Model for Counselling Skills

    6. Beginnings

    7. Middles

    8. Endings

    9. Working in Practice: Ethics, Challenges, and Referral

    10. Taking Care of Yourself




    Paul McCarthy, PhD leads the taught doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. He is a British Psychological Society (BPS)-chartered psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)-registered sport and exercise psychologist and Senior Teaching Fellow. He developed the first taught doctorate in sport and exercise psychology in Scotland and the UK in 2017. Most of his research explores emotion, attention, and motivation among sport performers and the practice of applied sport psychology. He served as editor of Sport and Exercise Psychology Review from 2013–2017. He has run his own private practice for the past 20 years, splitting his work time between academic teaching, researching, writing, and supporting clients from amateur to professional levels, especially in golf, football, rugby, gymnastics, and athletics.

    Zoe Moffat, PhD is a practitioner psychologist working at the Scottish Institute of Sport. Zoe is a chartered sport and exercise psychologist with the BPS and a practitioner psychologist with the HCPC. Zoe has published several peer-reviewed papers in sport and exercise psychology. She works with Paralympians, Olympians, and professional athletes in several sports, including rugby, golf, and netball.