Hypnotherapy Training and Sports Performance – Glenn Catley

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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.

Life as a CPHT Leeds hypnotherapy trainer

Well we’re now over halfway through our first Solution Focused Hypnotherapy training course in Leeds. We can’t believe how quickly the course is going. Prior to the start of the course, we spent months assisting at CPHT Bristol. This allowed us to make sure that structurally, our course would be the same as all the other CPHT courses in the UK. It was an honour working with the founder of the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy approach that we use today, David Newton. This structure  gives us our students the reassurance that if they cannot attend one module, they can attend one of our sister schools to catch up. It also ensures that CPHT Leeds benefits from the externally accredited, level 4 award from NCFE.
Every potential student is interviewed by us to ensure a good fit with the Solution Focused approach. Some of these interviews are held at Leeds Trinity university, the venue for the course. However, when attendance in person is not practical, interviews can be carried out via Skype. During the interviews, potential students are made aware of the need to practice their skills between modules. We make it clear that we want students to be ‘fit-for-purpose’ and to do that practice is a must!

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Practicing hypnotherapy in month 1

Prior to every module, we spend time rehearsing the content for the weekend. We get all the paperwork together, discuss case studies we will use and tie down the timings. The work is shared out equally between us and it’s great that we can rely on each other. The modules build the students’ knowledge carefully. It’s important to us that the foundation knowledge is in place before we add additional skills. We carry out demonstrations for the students before we ask them to copy what we’ve done with each other. Students are then encouraged  to practice on the general public, free of charge. This gives them the skills they need to grow in confidence and skill.

A typical CPHT Leeds Training weekend

Cathy & I drive up to Leeds on the Friday afternoon before each CPHT Leeds course weekend. The M6/M62 traffic can sometimes be quite a challenge! We set up the equipment at Leeds Trinity University before finally checking into our hotel. Then we look forward to a nice meal before having an early night and a good night’s sleep. On the Saturday morning, we arrive nice and early to check for any last-minute glitches. Our students generally start to arrive from 9:15am ready to start at 10am. After an amusing, informative and occasionally tiring day, we occasionally hold interviews for the next training course. After this we make our way back to the hotel and indulge our love of good food again, before another early night.

Practical Assessments, Initial consultation, Health assessment
Initial Consultation practical assessment

Sundays tend to be a little easier, with more practical exercises. As the course progresses, we film students as they carry out their practical assessments. At 5pm on the Sunday, we pack up our equipment and make our way home. We are always aware that the following day our own very successful hypnotherapy practices will need to be attended to. However, rehearsing material for the next module is always a priority.

Training students in hypnotherapy for CPHT Leeds makes for a busy life, but we both enjoy it. The lovely, positive feedback from our students makes it all worthwhile. If you would like to find out more about training to be a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, contact us on 07748 511841 (Jenny) or 07825 047849 (Cathy). Maybe you’ll soon be looking forward to a new career as a hypnotherapist?

How do you choose a hypnotherapy training school?

If you’re looking for a Hypnotherapy Training School, first you need to decide what you want to achieve. Do you just want to learn to do self-hypnosis? What about the more flamboyant stage or street hypnosis, is that more your style? Perhaps you’d like to help others to get their lives back on track? Are you looking at this as a hobby, albeit a financially rewarding one? Do you want to change career completely or simply add to your existing skills?Choose Hypnotherapy school, decide on hypnotherapy school, choose hypnotherapy training, decide on type of hypnotherapy training.
Once you’ve answered the questions above you now have a better idea of what to look for in a training course. Self-hypnosis is covered at a certificate level and although it doesn’t allow you to practice as a hypnotherapist, this may be all that you need to fulfil your ambition. However, some people start out wanting to carry out self-hypnosis and then decide they want to know more. If this could be you then maybe the diploma course would be more appropriate? If you’re looking for stage or street hypnosis to entertain, then a diploma course is not necessary. However, confidence and a stage presence are. There are many such courses available and a quick Google search will point you in the right direction.
If you want to help others to get their lives on track by using hypnotherapy along with the latest brain based therapy, then the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Diploma is for you. Whether you wish to use it as a hobby, work part-time, supplement existing skills in your current career or train for a brand new career, then the CPHT Leeds course offers you everything you need.

Hypnotherapy training school, Hypnotherapy school, hypnotherapy class,CPHT Leeds hypnotherapy training is carried out by experienced hypnotherapists to the same high standards expected of all Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training schools. Accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), General Hypnotherapy Council (GHR), Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists (AfSFH) and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council(CNHC). The Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD) is assessed at level 4 NVQ by NCFE.
The CPHT Leeds course is fun as we believe that you learn better when you enjoy what you’re doing. Despite this we cover some very detailed material. You will learn how the brain works and how to explain this to others in easy to understand language. You will hear about all the research that backs up everything we do in the therapy room. We will give you full support & guidance while you’re preparing your portfolio. We encourage you to practice on as many people as you can during the course. We will guide you during the setup of your business, if that’s what you want to do with your qualification. Then once you’re qualified, we have the experience, skills and qualifications to be your supervisors, so that the transition from student to practicing hypnotherapist is as smooth as it can be.
If CPHT Leeds sounds like the Hypnotherapy Training School for you, then fill in an application form today. The next CPHT Leeds course starts in September. Are you ready for a life changing experience? Still undecided? Give Jenny a call on 07748 51141 or Cathy on 07825 047849 and they’ll happily answer any questions you may have.