Working It Out: Using Exercise in Psychotherapy

Pages: 281
Item #: 431622A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-592-7
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Copyright: 1999
Format: Hardcover
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In Working It Out, author Kate Hays describes how exercise can benefit a wide range of clients, from those acutely stressed to those with chronic distress, by alleviating stress and improving clarity and self-esteem. Exercise has a direct impact on psychotherapy and may be assigned as "homework" for the client or as a medium of therapy itself.

Illustrated with case examples, quotes from psychologists, and support from research and clinical studies, Working It Out is a must read for practitioners looking for new and effective ways to help clients.

Table of Contents



I. Basics of the Body–Mind Connection

  1. "Affective Beneficence": Exercise and Well-Being
  2. The Client, Exercise, and the Therapist
  3. Theory and Practice in the Therapeutics of Exercise

II. Choosing Exercise as a Therapeutic Tool

  1. The Process of Change
  2. The Pragmatics of Exercise Initiation and Maintenance
  3. Walking the Walk While Talking the Talk: Exercise with Clients

III. The Psychological Benefits of Exercise With Specific Populations

  1. Overcoming Inertia: Exercise and Depression
  2. Calm in Motion: Exercise for Anxiety
  3. Staying Sane: Exercise and Stress Management, Self-Esteem, and Mastery
  4. Loss and Gain: Exercise and Eating
  5. Pacing Oneself: Exercise and Substance Abuse Recovery
  6. "Burning Off Negative Thoughts": Exercise for People With Chronic Mental Illness
  7. From Being Alive to Feeling Alive: Trauma Survivor Empowerment
  8. Healthy and Strong: Exercise and Recovery From Medical Illness
  9. Oxymorons and Stereotypes: Exercise and Diversity Issues
  10. Having Fun: Exercise Across the Life Span
  11. Beyond the Game: Athletes With Emotional Problems

IV. Caveats and Boundaries

  1. When Bad Things Happen to Good Sports: The Consequences of Overuse
  2. Being Fit: Ethical Issues Relevant to Exercise and Therapy
  3. The Next Steps: Education, Training, and Marketing

Glossary: Exercise and Sport Psychology Terms


  1. Exercise and Sport Psychology Development Plan
  2. A Brief History of Exercise and Sport Psychology
  3. Exercise History, Motivation Inventory, and Exercise Plan


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author