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    At the coalface: practitioner perspectives on applying rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) in high performance sport

    Turner, Martin ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1975-5561, Chadha, Nanaki, Davis, Helen, Deen, Muhammad, Jones, Jennifer, Gilmore, Hugh, Goldman, Scott and Terjesen, Mark (2022) At the coalface: practitioner perspectives on applying rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) in high performance sport. Journal of Rational - Emotive and Cognitive - Behavior Therapy. ISSN 0894-9085

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    Abstract

    The reported usage of rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) in high performance sport is becoming more common in research literature. This research indicates that REBT is a useful and effective approach to performance psychology. However, applied professional practice reflections and insights remain sparse. The current paper brings together REBT practitioners who work predominantly in performance settings (i.e., sport) to answer three questions pertaining to their application of REBT. Practitioners were asked to respond to the following questions: 1) What do you consider to be among the main irrational beliefs that interfere with performance? 2) In your experience, which irrational beliefs impair one’s ability to recover from a significant injury or major setback? 3) Can you describe the role of cognitive restructuring/change/reappraisal/disputation in applied work as it relates to performance? In the present paper, the practitioner’s responses are collected and presented, following which common themes are drawn from the responses to form guidance for practitioners wishing to apply REBT in performance settings. It is hoped that the experiences of the included practitioners will be useful for those wishing to take an REBT approach to their performance psychology consultancy.

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