Hypnotherapy Training and Sports Performance – Glenn Catley

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CPHT Stoke, Improving Sports Performance

Hypnotherapy training with CPHT Stoke allows you to help people to achieve their goals. One area that Solution Focused Hypnotherapists can really help is helping to improve sports performance. Glenn Catley is visiting us at CPHT Stoke Hypnotherapy school in October. He will explain how hypnotherapy helped him to perform at his very best. Hypnotherapy resulted in him taking the title of  Super Middleweight World Champion Boxer

The greatest help we can give sports people in improving their performance,  is confidence in their own ability.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has its foundations rooted in what we know about the brain. In the way our brain works most efficiently. When a client understands the way their brain functions, they can make the progress they wish to. This applies not only in sports, but in life generally.

Often a person’s focus is on what could go wrong. As a result they may struggle to achieve their best time. Golfers may not be able to perfect their golf swing. Runners and swimmers might struggle to master their nerves before a big race.  This type of thinking is often the reason why they have difficulties.  It certainly doesn’t help them to improve. Sport is not all about physical ability, although it is that. It is also about mental ability. On the golf course you might hear: ‘I can hit the ball well in practice, but when it’s a competition the nerves take over’.

Hypnotherapy training shows how to help improve sports performance.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy provides  clients with an understanding of how they can achieve their goal.  During the session, they are helped to develop a vision of what they want to achieve.  They learn the importance of  including lots of detail. Once their vision is as detailed as it can be, they will know what they need to change to achieve their goal.  Jenny & Caron, the tutors of CPHT Stoke have practiced this techniques many times with amazing results. They are just waiting to show how you can help sports people improve their performance.

Hypnotherapy also uses aspects of mental rehearsal. This is 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 to the games to help them.  As a result, the Russian team were placed at the top of the medal table by the end of the competition.

Many top sports people use visualisation techniques to optimise their performance. In the London 2012 Olympics, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Heptathlon Gold medallist said: “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.  So, 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 Stoke Hypnotherapy Training in March 2021 at Trent House, Business Lodge Stoke .

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?

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Which hypnotherapy school will you choose?

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. Could this 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 Stoke course offers you everything you need.

Fully Accredited Course

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CPHT Stoke 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). The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council(CNHC) allow you to join their ranks after qualifying with this school. NCFE have assessed the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD)as a level 4 NVQ qualification.

Jenny & Caron, the tutors of CPHT Stoke believe that learning should be fun.  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. We will explain the research that backs up everything we do in the therapy room. You will receive full support & guidance while you’re preparing your portfolio. We encourage you to practice on as many people as you can during the course. You will be mentored 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. This is so that the transition from student to practicing hypnotherapist is as smooth as it can be.

If CPHT Stoke sounds like the Hypnotherapy Training School for you, then fill in an application form today. The next CPHT Stoke course starts in March 2021. Are you ready for a life changing experience? Still undecided? Give Jenny a call on 07748 51141  and she’ll happily answer any questions you may have.

A change of career to change your life!

When I started to consider a change of career as a hypnotherapist, I had no idea where to start.  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. Understandably,  I became quite confused. A few offered very short courses while others offered more in depth training. A variety of courses were online, with some local while others only operated from London.

Finally some clarity

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 their negative emotions, only made them feel worse. For this reason, I ruled out the idea of a combined counselling and hypnotherapy approach. I then stumbled across the CPHT website. I soon 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. I quickly 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. The interviewer reassured me that if so, this was the course for me. Suddenly I started to wonder if I really wanted a change of career. I had a very well paid job as a senior manager . Although I was sick of the extensive travelling, did I really want to give up my job? Would I lose my financial security?

The CPHT Hypnotherapy Training course

Despite these initial concerns, I attended the course. I loved every weekend which amounted to 120 hours of tutor led instruction. First we watched the tutor demonstrate the methods. Then we practiced 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 around 200 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 from clients seen while training. Finally, on completion of the course I gained two Diplomas. The first one in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy & psychotherapy from CPHT (the DSFH). The second, the Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma from the NCH. This diploma has been assessed by NCFE as a level 4 qualification.

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Most importantly, as by the end of the course I was already seeing paying clients. Within 12 months of completing my hypnotherapy training, I became a full time hypnotherapist. Clients now visit me at my Stafford clinic & also online.  Currently I see around 25 ‘live clients’ on a regular basis. I love being a self-employed hypnotherapist; it has really changed my life.

The amount of travel I do has reduced markedly. My family love seeing me more often as  I have 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”.