Hypnotherapy Training and Sports Performance – Glenn Catley

Glenn Catley, Sports performance Hypnotherapy,Hypnotherapy Training, CPHT Leeds
Sports Hypnotherapy Training

The opportunity for all Solution Focused Hypnotherapists in working with sports people is tremendous. Glenn Catley is visiting us at Leeds CPHT Hypnotherapy training this month to explain how hypnotherapy helped him to perform at his very best on the night, taking the title of World Champion Boxer in the Super Middleweight division.

Perhaps the greatest help we can give sports people in improving their performance, like Glenn, is confidence in their own innate ability.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has its foundations rooted in what we know about the brain and how our brain works most efficiently. The more a person understands about the real way their brain functions, then the greater the progress can be made, not only in sports but in life generally.

Often when a person is struggling to achieve their best time, attempting to perfect their golf swing or mastering their nerves before a big race, their focus is on what could go wrong. This type of thinking is the precise reason why they have difficulties, it doesn’t help them improve. Sport is not all about physical ability, although it is that. It is also about mental ability. You often hear on the golf course: ‘I can hit the ball well in practice, but when it’s a competition the nerves take over’.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy provides our clients with an understanding, a perspective and a vision and how they can make it possible. When people direct their thoughts towards what they would specifically like to be doing differently, then they will get a specific result.  You know it makes sense! At CPHT Leeds we are very successful at producing clinical hypnotherapists that understand how people can enhance their performance.

Hypnotherapy also uses aspects of mental rehearsal, a concept that has around for many years. The Russian gymnast team in the Sydney Olympics in 1956 used visualisation techniques. Eleven hypnotherapists accompanied the team and it proved an overwhelming success, with the Russian team being placed at the top of the medal table.

Many top sports people use visualisation techniques to optimise their performance. In the London 2012 Olympics, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Heptathlon Gold medallist revealed: “I use visualisation to think about the perfect technique. If I can get that perfect image in my head, then hopefully it’ll affect my physical performance.” English Rugby Union player, Jonny Wilkinson regularly performs visualisation sessions before games. “You are creating the sights, sounds, smells, the atmosphere, the sensation and the nerves, right down to the early morning wake-up call and that feeling in your stomach. It helps your body to get used to performing under pressure.”

It’s a fascinating area and if you think that this is something that you would enjoy helping people with, then contact us. You could be joining us on the next CPHT Leeds Hypnotherapy Training in September 2017 at Leeds Trinity University.

Hypnotherapy Training – Helping people to improve their game

Rio Brazil - Hypnotherapy TrainingHelping people to improve their game

With the country still buzzing from watching the incredible Olympic Games, many people will be stimulated in improving their own performance. Once you have trained as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, you can help people gain their psychological edge when competing.

Hypnotherapy Training gives you the tools to work with clients who want to improve their confidence and performance – both with sports people and within a work environment.

“We all possess what we metaphorically term as a ‘stress bucket’ and when our bucket fills up then our ability to concentrate on our game can suffer”, says Jenny Mellenchip, Senior Lecturer at CPHT Leeds Hypnotherapy Training.

“Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help a customer empty their ‘stress bucket’ through harnessing the power of positive thinking and using trance – which is a safe and natural process.”

“Reducing that stress bucket load for any sports’ person is vital because it’ll help their mind to become focused on what they want to achieve and help them to think like a winner!

“It can make all the difference on the field because it means their mindset is more focused in a ‘can do’ approach, which, in turn, should make them more successful,” says Cathy, Senior Lecturer at CPHT Leeds Hypnotherapy Training.

Hypnotherapy isn’t just useful for runners or team players, it can also be exceptionally useful in helping people in their work environment. They can improve their game and allow themselves to be more relaxed when juggling deadlines and work demands.

So, if you are looking for Hypnotherapy Training and would like to help people to improve their game, then contact Cathy or Jenny at CPHT Leeds.

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A simple explanation about anxiety and how it can creep up on us

CPHT Leeds – Stress and AnxietyAs a Clinical Hypnotherapist we often meet clients who are suffering from anxiety. A natural response that everyone will feel from time to time, after all no one can avoid routine life situations. We may feel anxious when we need to attend a job interview or swerve for a car that is heading in our direction and for some people it may be the worry that people think badly of them.

So what is anxiety? 

It is response that people have to perceived threats or danger. Anxiety keeps us vigilant, highly aware of ourselves and our surroundings and to the potential threat to our own security.

Not everyone reacts to an experience in the same way and not everyone experiences anxiety at the same level. Anxious people may remind themselves of the particular scary or upsetting situation by imagining the things happening and the anxiety can run away with them.

Once anxiety starts we may experience the physical nature of it. Our heart rate increases, stomach begins to churn and our breathing becomes faster. These feelings can be uncomfortable and people can end up feeling anxious about being anxious.

In the relaxed clinical setting of the hypnotherapy room during the initial consultation, we explore the changes in the brain when this happens and it helps the person understand more fully the nature of the biological response.

Danger is in the eye of the beholder even though the person may be fully aware of the irrationality of it. Logic in this situation can therefore only achieve so much.

Through trance the Hypnotherapist can provide space for internal focus when the persons mind can redefine the perceived threats and facilitate a process of de-cluttering, allowing rational thought to become more believable.

It is a kind therapy, a comfortable and peaceful experience. Many people have described it as feeling of having a good couple of hours sleep.

How often do we reassess a situation after sleeping well?

It’s a fascinating and developing field of knowledge and research. If you find this interesting and would like to be one of the first Solution Focused Hypnotherapist graduating with the HPD in Leeds then call the course tutors Jenny and Cathy.

Hypnosis. Want to know the truth?

Often it’s easier to explain what hypnosis is not, rather than what it is. This is because many of us have a distorted view of hypnosis due to an abundance of books, films and stage shows that distort our perceptions of hypnosis for the sake of entertainment. After all the media tends to dramatise everything in order to encourage people to watch their films, see their shows or read their books.
I had no idea what to expect the first time I was hypnotised and was quickly reassured that I would remain in complete control at all times. I would not end up barking like a dog each time EastEnders came on TV. In fact, I would only take on board the information that I found relevant to my situation. This was a relief to me as like most people I’m someone who likes to feel in control. There was also a distinct lack of swinging watches!
Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy

Learning to hypnotise others at CPHT Leeds
Our student hypnotherapists are encouraged to practice on each other during their very first hypnotherapy training weekend. After the first weekend we encourage them to practice on willing friends and family. This gives them confidence in their ability to hypnotise others very quickly. When they’re encouraged to use their skills free of charge on the general public just a couple of months later, most students are raring to go! In truth, most students agree, that their family and friends were much harder to deal with than the general public. By the end of the course they’re feeling confident in their abilities and will often have dealt successfully with quite a few conditions before they start to charge for their services. It is this element of the course that best prepares students for setting up in business.
As soon as the students graduate they start receiving regular supervision to help them handle any scenario they come across. This is the benefit of being trained by qualified supervisors, there’s a wonderful continuity where everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. We’ve been where you are at every stage of the process so we know how you feel.
If this course, run by CPHT Leeds, sounds like the one for you, just give Jenny or Cathy a call. We would love to hear from you. You might need to leave a message as we both run busy hypnotherapy practices, but we will always get back to you. We can’t wait to answer your questions!

A change of career to change your life!

When I started looking for a hypnotherapy training school, I didn’t know what to look for. There seemed to be as many different approaches as training schools. They also all seemed to offer different qualifications. Some were accredited with this body and some with that and I became quite confused. Some offered very short courses and others offered more in depth training. Some courses were local, others only operated from London.
In the end I decided that I wanted a course that would fit my philosophy on life. One that was logical and positive while being accredited. I used to be a listener for the Samaritans. So I knew that taking people back into the negative emotions that they were feeling, only made them feel worse. For this reason, I ruled out the idea of a counselling and hypnotherapy combined approach. I then stumbled across the CPHT website and realised that everything they did had a solid foundation in Neuroscience. It was a positive, Solution Focused approach that closely fitted my own philosophy. It used the best of NLP and as a trainer of NLP I felt reassured by that.
I then looked for a CPHT school close to home and realised that there was one almost on my doorstep in Manchester. The weekend dates suited my work schedule and I was able to pay for the course monthly. I contacted the school and was interviewed shortly afterwards. In the interview I was asked whether I wanted to build a career as a hypnotherapist and I said yes. I was reassured by the interviewer that if that was the case then this was the course for me. That scared me to death, I wasn’t sure that I wanted a change of career. I had a very well paid job as a senior manager and although I was sick of the extensive travelling, did I really want to give up my job? Would I lose my financial security?
Despite these concerns I attended the course. I loved every weekend which amounted to 120 hours of tutor led instruction. We got to practice on colleagues, then friends and family and then real clients. This experience really gave me the confidence in my ability as a hypnotherapist. I acquired over 100 hypnotherapy hours before I’d even qualified! In addition, I was assessed practically by my trainer. I completed a written portfolio that contained a number of case studies and on completion of the course I gained 2 Diplomas. One in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy & psychotherapy from CPHT and the Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma from the NCH – assessed by NCFE as a level 4 qualification.
Hypnotherapy Training LeedsMost importantly, when I completed the course I was already seeing paying clients. Within 12 months of completing my hypnotherapy training, I became a full time hypnotherapist. I now work from 2 clinics and have around 40 ‘live clients’ on my books at any time. I love being a self-employed hypnotherapist; it has really changed my life. The amount of travel I do has reduced markedly. I have so much more freedom and flexibility in my life. The best thing about it all is that I am helping others to achieve their goals. I love seeing the change in people as they start to get their life back on track.
If you’re looking for a new career that will change your life, I believe that you’ve just found it!

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

I am often asked the question ‘What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?’

Well, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is a model of excellence that uses interventions that are effective. It will use the very best procedures that science and research prescribe. In reality though its core philosophy is very much based on the work of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg and the basic tenets of SFBT.

Hypnotherapy, and SFH is no exception, has a history of being associated with many forms of therapeutic practice. Often, but not always, this can be a force for good. What follows could be described as the foundation philosophies on which SFH is built. Dr James Braid (1795-1860), who could be thought of as the inventor of modern hypnotism, successfully created a blueprint that could be described as the original hypnotherapy model.

“He was best known in the medical world from his theory and practice of hypnotism, as distinguished from Mesmerism, a system of treatment he applied in certain diseases with great effect.” (Obituary. The Lancet 1860)

Braid’s influence and success was very much a result of his empirical and scientific approach. In effect he said that the clinical progress should be verified by research and related to the latest understanding of psychology. He attributed the success of trance to ordinary psychological or physiological factors such as focused attention, expectation, motivation and endeavour. SFH is very much based on Braid’s basic premise that mental focus on imagery and language mediates the physical and psychological effects of dominant ideas.

It would have appeared sensible to consolidate the work done by Braid and to capitalise on what worked. This was not to be the case. In late Victorian and post Victorian times ‘wackiness’ once more sabotaged the credible scientific clinical practice. Even worse, in the late 19th and most of the 20th Century the pseudo-scientific ‘hi-jacked’ hypnotherapy and kept it in a state, often a delusional state of stagnation.

Fortunately, as Robertson says in the ‘Complete Writings of James Braid “The Father of Hypnotherapy in the 21st Century”, “Braid’s ‘Common Sense’ and empirical orientation have become fashionable once again”‘.

Hypnotherapy was partially rescued from post-Victorian ‘quackery’ and later from Freudian ‘analytical’ theory by psychiatrist, Milton H Erickson. He practised as a hypnotherapist from the 1940’s until his death in the early 1980’s. Erickson’s ideas reached far beyond hypnotic technique. He posed radical ideas regarding the role of therapist and the competency of clients. Milton Erickson was convinced that everyone has a reservoir of wisdom and competency and emphasised the importance of accessing client’s resources and strengths. Major interest in his work gathered momentum in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Erickson’s success and creativity spawned a variety of approaches. There was in particular great interest in one of his primary approaches entailing first learning the problem pattern and then prescribing a small change in the pattern.

Steve de Shazer’s first contact with psychotherapy happened when he read ‘Strategies of Psychotherapy’, the ideas and work of Erickson by Jay Haley. It has been said that this book coupled with the work of the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Paolo Alto, formed the foundations for what would later be called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

The basic tenets of SFBT are well known and are different in many ways from traditional forms of treatment. It is a competency based model and the focus is on the clients’ desired future rather than on past problems or current conflicts. It assumes that no problems happen all the time, there are exceptions and that small changes can lead to large increments of change. The setting of specific, concrete and realistic goals is an important component. In SFBT it is the client that sets the goals. Once formulated the therapist will use a number of specific responding and questioning techniques to assist the client construct the steps that may be required to reach the ‘preferred future’. Solution Focused Hypnotherapists note Steve de Shazer’s often repeated assertion that solution work is “the same whatever problem the client brings”.

In the 1990’s modern technology led to what some have referred to as a sequel of the Copernican revolution. MRI, PET and CAT scans can photograph the brain. Electronic microscopes, the nuclear tagging of living human molecules and other biochemical investigative techniques, enable scientists to have an ever increasing understanding of how the brain works. With at least 500 therapeutic methods, all proffering special theories, techniques and philosophies, psychotherapy could be described as bordering on dysfunctional. The neuroscientific revolution beginning in the 1990’s and progressing with ever increasing vigour into the 21st Century has begun to give the field uncharacteristic coherence. Certainly the days when therapists could make things up have gone.

“For future generations of therapists training will certainly change” says Mary Sykes Wylie and Richard Simon, (Discoveries from Black Box 2002), “Curricula will have to face the accumulation of knowledge coming from neuroscientists… having an understanding of such clinical relevant areas of knowledge as neural networks and brain structures”.