Sport and exercise psychology has grown exponentially as an academic discipline and profession in the past decade. The dominant approach to sport and exercise psychology practice is the cognitive behavioural approach, that stems from cognitive behavioural therapies (CBTs). CBTs are the most widely used counselling approaches in the world. Through this approach developed rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT), a cognitive-based theory and therapy that incorporates many of the techniques that defines CBTs to this day (e.g., cognitive restructuring, rehearsal, imagery, self-talk).

The Rational Practitioner: Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in Performance Setting, develops innovative concepts that are particular to the performance milieu, whilst sticking rigorously to core theory. This book is fundamental to applied practice and offers practitioners, scholars, and researchers of sport psychology and REBT, theoretical and detailed practical information from experienced and qualified practitioners using and researching REBT in performance settings.

This book provides a comprehensive portrayal of REBT applied within sport and performance and is key readings for current and trainee sport and exercise psychologists, but also to psychologists from other disciplines who wish to work with athletes and other performers.


1. Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in Sport and Performance Settings-

2. The GABCDE Framework-

3. The Interdependent GABCDE Framework

4. The Practitioner and The Client

5. Consequences (C; emotional, behavioural, cognitive)

6. Adversity or Activating Event (A)

7. A-C Connection vs. B-C Connection.

8. Goals (G)

9. The Nature of Beliefs (B) in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy-

10. The Rational and Irrational Beliefs (B)

11. Assessing Beliefs (B)

12. Disputation (D)

13. Effective New Beliefs (E)

14. Closing Remarks