Dr. Stephen Walker is a licensed healthcare professional who has served as a therapist, health psychologist, athletic & personal performance consultant for the past 35 years in the Rocky Mountain Region. His PhD in Counseling Psychology (1984) from the University of Colorado resulted in the publication of groundbreaking research that brought together the fields of psychology, integrative physiology, biofeedback and human performance in response to stress and recovery.
Dr. Walker’s considerable experience in assessment, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, health and sport psychology makes it possible for him to put forward lessons and skill sets likely to be of great benefit in almost any situation. Especially helpful are his “pearls,” anecdotes and quotes from famous people, which are easily remembered and contribute to a healthy heart, good sense of humor and a positive attitude.
“Dr. Walker’s services were very valuable to me in the last few years. He provided a special combination of kindness, strength and coaching. The reason I came back to him when I didn’t go back to others was because in my experience, many psychologists didn’t seem interested in challenging me. Instead, I felt they were just agreeing with everything I said and giving in to my excuses. Stephen Walker persevered to coach me to better myself, instead of letting me feel sorry for myself. Yet at the same time, he was forever kind and patient. That is an ability that I think is uniquely “Dr. Stephen Walker.” Not everyone can find a balance between kindness/empathy and the toughness of a good coach.” GP
Stephen Walker’s credibility as a specialist in the management of stress disorders is amongst his most noteworthy accomplishments spanning a remarkable career. In 1981, he founded the Rocky Mountain Institute for Health & Performance, and for the better part of two decades specialized in the treatment of stress related disorders, injury rehabilitation, methods of recovery, and performance enhancement through skills acquisition, biofeedback and self-care training. In 1991 he co-authored “The Road to Recovery” a monograph establishing protocols for the assessment diagnosis and the development of specific treatment regimens for injury rehabilitation, and in 1996, he co-authored “Live SMART, A Handbook for Self-Care” a program so successful that evidence based research showed physician utilization amongst participating patients was significantly reduced as compared to a matched control group.
Stephen Walker’s personality, good humor and caring nature attract athletes and other motivated people seeking assistance in achieving their goals more quickly and efficiently. Dr. Walker is the founder of Health & Sport Performance Associates, a Boulder/Denver/Longmont an interdisciplinary consulting group that provides counseling assistance, clinical support and performance driven personal coaching services, in addition to seminars and clinics to a wide range of individuals, teams, and groups.