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Martin Shotbolt

Director and Psychological Therapist




Professional Memberships

Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Professional Member, 2024

British Association for Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP), Accredited Member, 2023

Psychology Today, Verified Member, 2023

Rocky Mountain Brainspotting Institute, Member, 2023


Certified Brainspotting Practitioner, BSP, ongoing

Brainspotting Therapy Phase 4, with Dr David Grande, November 2023

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Phase 1, with Dr Daniel. A. Hughes, October 13th-19th 2022.


Cold Water Immersion Operator: Pro Care, cold water immersion in sports practice: The essentials.  July 2022.


Performance Nutrition Expert Level 1, GPNi, issn, March 2022.


Brainspotting Therapy Phase 1 & 2, Brainspotting Training UK. June 2021, February 2022.


Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) European Accredited Training, The EMDR Academy, and Stress and Trauma Centre Ltd, awarded March 2021.


Performance Breathwork Coach, Extreme Performance Training, awarded January 2021


Advanced Supervision Skills, SDS Seminars, British Psychological Society approved, awarded May 2021


Levels 1&2, Essential Supervision Skills, SDS Seminars, British Psychological Society approved, awarded March 2021.


Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies Coventry University, awarded January 2020.


Gloucestershire Dementia Leadership Award, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust awarded 2017.


Level 3: Mindfulness for Professionals: Irish Mindfulness Academy awarded 2017.


Level 5 Diploma, PEARSON EDEXCEL, Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, Gloucestershire College, awarded Dec 2016


Diploma: Understanding the Autistic Spectrum SKI24, Open University, awarded 2012


City & Guilds 1886, Level 3 Certificate - Conflict Resolution Training, awarded 2006.


City & Guilds 7407, Level 4 Teaching Certificate - Adult Education, awarded 2002.


MSc Management Development and Social Responsibility, University of Bristol, awarded 1997.

Judo World Championship silver medallist and former Commonwealth champion (Over 55s).

As a healthy, happy six year old boy with an abundance of physical energy, Martin’s parents thought it would be a good idea for him to try a sport and enrolled him in a Judo club in his then home town of Gloucester. It turned out to be the start of a lifelong passion that would include international competitions, training alongside Olympians and starting up new businesses to support and inspire others. Looking back, Martin recalls how easy it is as a child (or teenager) to overlook everything parents do to support their child’s sporting goals: driving around the country to competitions and practices, washing and ironing kit multiple times a week, watching on the sidelines (of cold Judo mats!) and funding opportunities to compete.

At 17, Martin stayed in London with his sister and on one night out, friends made a bet with him that he wouldn’t go into a grading competition the next day. Needless to say, he proved them wrong, competing in multiple fights to progress from brown belt to black belt. Martin began fighting more competitively from the age of 19 and was a member of the British Judo team for many years. He continued progressing through the sport whilst completing an apprenticeship as an engineer, before deciding to become a full-time professional athlete in the 1980s. He moved to Wolverhampton, which at the time was the strongest club in the UK. At the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, four of the seven men’s team members came from the Wolverhampton Judo club. While Martin wasn’t selected for the 1984 or the 1988 Olympic teams, he remembers the era as one of the best of his life, making lifelong friends and creating incredible memories.

Competitive Judo became a thing of the past once Martin got married and settled into family life raising three boys and two daughters. All three sons followed him into martial arts, with one now living in Sydney and competing in Muay Thai, and the other two practicing Mixed Martial Arts. In 2018, one of his sons was selected to fight for the European Championships and asked his dad for help with training and preparation. As Martin trained with his son and became fitter, it reignited the spark for competition and he decided to enter the Commonwealth championships the following year where he won the veterans category (over 55s).

After COVID-19 hit, Martin and his son continued to train in the garden at home and signed up to train for the World Championships in Lisbon. He was delighted to come away with a silver medal and says: “If you want it enough, you can always find a way to succeed!”


Work Experience

January 2020 - Present

September 2021 - Present

January 2020 - March 2023

April 1999 - Present

January 2018 - July 2023

Director and accredited psychological therapist, Eleos Therapeutic Services, delivering integrative therapies based on NICE approved and recommended cognitive behavioural and EMDR therapies.  I also provide cross modality clinical supervision to both trainee and qualified therapists.  I provide a specific service to Liberate Jersey working therapeutically with more complex transgender clients presenting higher risk.

I provide psychological support to a range of athletes including several competing at elite level. This involves general support for mental health and wellbeing, and more complex interventions rooted in evidence base strategies built into bespoke, co-produced, psychological formulation for national and elite level players.  I am supporting these athletes develop and utilise psychological strategies to enhance performance. To create an infrastructure around this work I am working with other professional members of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Allowing personal insight into the psychological demand’s competitive sport places on athletes, I have competed in the sport of judo since the age of six and trained with the British Team throughout the 1980’s. I am a former Commonwealth Champion, won in 2019 and 2021 World silver medallist (M6 U81kg).

Lecturer at Highlands College, Jersey, delivering workshops to students studying on year’s 1 & 2, Level 4 Counselling and Therapeutic Skills Programme.  I am an approved Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) Lecturer.  Session content includes specific condition identification & assessment, working therapeutically with common mental health conditions, PTSD, and complex trauma, eating disorders, personality disorders, and psychosis. Other subject areas include ethics, diversity, anti-discrimination, evidence-based research, self-awareness & professional development. 

2Getherer NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust

Trainee High Intensity Psychological Therapist, IAPT Service, providing CBT Therapies.

I am the Founder and former Director of Tutela Jersey.


The Company, based in the Channel Islands, offers supported living services to people with complex needs.  This included individuals living with a learning disability, autistic spectrum condition, ADHD, depression, personality disorder, eating disorder, neuro-degenerative condition (dementia) and acquired brain injury, as well as those experiencing drug and alcohol issues. I am responsible for clinical governance, ensuring safe person-centred services meet statutory and regulatory requirements. This includes identifying and addressing poor practice in a supportive and constructive way and internally investigating and reporting safeguarding concerns in line with our policies, regulatory and statutory requirements. 

Director of Chestnut Farm Wellbeing Centre


I designed and hosted wellbeing events, including a 3-day programme ‘Evolve to Perform’ to enhance athlete performance across a range of disciplines.

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