A Strength-Based Exercise Training Model of Psychotherapy: Can Principles Derived from Exercise and Sport Physiology Guide Behavioral Prescriptions for Physical and Mental Wellness?

October 2013
American Journal of Psychotherapy;2013, Vol. 67 Issue 4, p367
Academic Journal
The field of exercise and sport physiology has advanced a number of universally accepted principles known to maximize the effectiveness of exercise and athletic training programs. We propose that these principles are in many ways applicable to the practice of psychotherapy, and we discuss how psychotherapists may benefit by incorporating these principles into their clinical practice. Through our discussion we 1) make a case for establishing a common language for strength-building interventions being applied in both psychotherapy and exercise and sport physiology, 2) introduce new concepts to the field of psychotherapy that may benefit from empirical inquiry, and 3) make recommendations based on successful principles from exercise and sport physiology. Integrating principles that bridge these two realms of healthcare and that guide interventions for both physical and mental wellness may offer a stronger theoretical perspective facilitating interdisciplinary science and practice.


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