Catherine is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist (HPD) and Hypnotherapy Supervisor. She runs flourishing Hypnotherapy practices in both Southport, Merseyside and Chorley Lancashire. Working as a therapist “helping people, help themselves” she finds both therapeutic and rewarding.
Fear of flying, or “Aerophobia” to give it its correct title, is actually on the increase even though statistics tell us that flying is the safest mode of travel. In fact, it seems that as many as half of us have some kind of fear around flying and air travel, although not all of these would be classed as a full-blown phobia.
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.”
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.
As 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.
A starting place from attempting to solve any problem is having an understanding of why it happens. There is plenty of researched evidence to show that informed clients improve more quickly than those less informed. During the initial consultation, we as Solution Focused Hypnotherapists, explain how the brain works. This simple and accurate description of how and why we suffer from mental health issues, forms the foundation and understanding that facilitates effective therapeutic change.
The mind is enormously complex, as we all know. A human brain has 100 billion neurons and 20,000 synaptic connections bathed in multiple neurotransmitters. It’s difficult to imagine the sheer volume of the interactions that go on. It may be hard to determine that small factor that could contribute to a mental health problem. However the wonderful and powerful aspect to this ‘tipping effect’ is that as Clinical Hypnotherapists we can tip the system towards the positive. A small seemingly inconsequential action can lead to a successful resolution to the disorder. It can all start with a small change in behaviour, a depressed person deciding to go for a bike ride, then he starts going regularly, his appetite increases, his sleeping improves, he feels stronger.
We see this progressive change in our clients, as people return to work feeling better, begin to interact socially again and some even jump on planes that they have been avoiding for years. Most importantly people start to cope with all that they have to handle.
Hypnotherapy makes a difference, we make a difference.
Join us at the CPHT Hypnotherapy Training in September and feel the difference yourself?
When I decided to train as a hypnotherapist the things I was looking for in a training school were pretty simple. I wanted the best quality training that gave me a recognized and accredited qualification. It was important I was able to pay monthly and I wanted to feel confident that at the end of the training I could make a success both clinically and financially.
After the first weekend I knew I had made the right decision, I couldn’t wait for the next weekend. The group was quite diverse from all different backgrounds. Careers varying from medical nurses, marketing, account clerks and more. Some students of which remain my closest colleagues practicing hypnotherapy some part time and others full time. As the weeks passed I felt fully supported not only by the lecturer but by other students in the group. We were encouraged from the very beginning to begin practicing on our family and friends. I never realized I had so many friends in need of relaxation!
This practical foundation was crucial in building my confidence. I was quickly seeing 30 people a month and the results that I saw were astounding. Friends sleeping better, family members feeling calmer and less stressed. My weight loss sessions with a group of lovely ladies often got lively at times and they seemed occasionally less concerned about losing the weight and more interested in laughing.
The change was not only apparent in the people I saw, I noticed a change in myself too. The evidence based knowledge on the course was important to me. Coming from a medical background, I needed to understand that the information that we give to our clients is current, accurate and based on a proven methodology.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works, I see it every day.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has made the difference to many hundreds of people I have seen and it has changed my life too. I have a successful business, I can organize my work time to suit me and my passion for hypnotherapy has continued growing. If you are interested in finding out how you can become a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, training at the Trinity College, Leeds, please visit www.cphtleeds.co.uk