Karl Steptoe PhD, CPsychol
Karl is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. He works with athletes, teams, parents, coaches and sporting organisations to develop mental skills and psychological programmes that enhance performance and wellbeing. Karl works with individuals and teams from a number of sports including football, golf, tennis, equestrian, rugby and cricket and at all levels of a ability from recreational to elite performer. He has been privileged to have recent experiences working in academy football, Paralympic sport, professional cricket and with male and female golfers on European Tours.
Programmes are designed to meet the unique needs of each athlete, with clear goals of work agreed and evaluated. Interventions are aligned with Karl's cognitive-behavioural philosophy and training and include Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
There are often misconceptions as to who can benefit from psychological training. Whilst important areas of work are to assist athletes and teams to overcome barriers to performance such as anxiety, frustration, injury, reduced motivation and low confidence, a priority of training is to develop psychological strength and flexibility. Athletes seeking to find a competitive edge and to achieve their sporting potential, benefit from abilities that enhance decision making, focus, emotional control and communication under pressure.