Having impact and doing it quickly: the place for brief and single-session cognitive-behavioral therapies in sport psychology practice

Darren Britton, Andrew G. Wood, Tim Pitt

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Abstract

Cognitive-behavioral therapies and related approaches are highly prevalent within sport psychology practice. Traditionally, these approaches are delivered across interventions comprising multiple sessions. However, in the fast-paced environments in which many applied sport psychologists operate, practitioners are sometimes required to provide fast, effective, and impactful interventions to athletes at their point of need within a single session. Single-session integrated cognitive-behavioral therapy presents a potentially effective approach for practice wherein time is often at a premium, and there is frequently pressure to make an impact quickly to improve performance. In this article, we put forward a stimulus piece that contextualizes single-session integrated cognitive-behavioral therapy and overviews how sport psychology practitioners may use such techniques with athletes. We also put forth a call for more practitioners to report more idiographic case studies that feature the use of brief or single-session interventions to further build the evidence base for such approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalSport Psychologist
Early online date5 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Mar 2024

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