Sports Hypnosis


Sports Hypnosis: Solution Focused Hypnotherapists can help people improve their sports performance.

We can help those who wish to improve their sporting performance, from beginners to professional athletes.

As covid restrictions are lifted, we are already seeing outdoor sports facilities reopening. These include golf courses, tennis, basketball courts and outdoor swimming.

Physical practice is essential, I think this goes without saying. But it will never allow the athlete to achieve the perfect swing, or the best run or the textbook corner. The brain doesn’t work that way. Knowing how our brain stores our movements is helpful. In fact, it allows the client to accept bad shots, poor times and mistakes. Furthermore the client will be better able to recover and avoid the mistake in the future. It’s real brain stuff!

During lockdown some people have reassessed their work situations. CPHT Liverpool Hypnotherapy Training has been as busy as ever. We have welcomed applicants from all different professions.

Certainly, our courses have always attracted students who want to help people overcome struggles with anxiety and depression, it’s not all we do.

Sports performance is one of those fascinating areas.

Sports Hypnosis ‘a new phenomenon?’

No, as far back as 1968 the Swiss Olympic ski squad used imagery and went on to win 3 medals and more in 1972.

In 1959 Ingmar Johannson used hypnosis training to win the heavy weight boxing title from Floyd Patterson.

Jimmy Connors used hypnosis in winning the US Open championship

Tiger Wood’s mental coach, Jay Brunza, hypnotised him to block out distractions and focus on the golf course.

In May 2000 Glenn Catley became World Super Middle Weight Champion. He describes the greatest help that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy gave him was confidence in his own inherent ability.

How can we help our sports performance clients?

We, often hear a sports person describe how they can perform well when they play with their friends. But when there is a competition, they go to pieces! It’s so true that playing sport is as much a mental game, as it is a physical game.

A study in 2020 by Prediou et al Visualisation in sport describes the use of visualisation techniques which can improve motor skills, self – confidence and decrease anxiety. Through the use of imagery, pain management, endurance, motivation and physical performance can be enhanced.

We can help clients focus on realistic goals and increase their self- belief. Learning to concentrate for long periods of time helps to avoid distractions. Getting into ‘the zone’ is key and we can help sports people maintain this.

Likewise, improving specific skills can be enhanced by using mental rehearsal techniques and we can teach our clients how to do this.

During the CPHT training you will get to meet Glenn Catley as he presents his story on how the hypnotherapy sessions improved his performances.

To sum up, if you are thinking of a career change, and hypnotherapy came across your radar. It’s good to know all the wonderful and interesting fields where we can make a real difference.

If you would like to look at our website

If you would like more details you can email Cathy and Charlotte on or call Charlotte on 07585 032354. We are more than happy to answer your questions.






Why I chose CPHT Liverpool to train as a Clinical hypnotherapist

hypnotherapy trainingBy Jen Higgins Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapist


With so much choice out there for Hypnotherapy courses, and you can see why people can sometimes be unsure which course to choose.

I thought I’d explain why I chose CPHT …..

I know when I was looking for Hypnotherapy courses to apply for, I was looking to train with the best, highly accredited Gold Standard with recognised bodies such as the NCFE, the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapists), and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).

I wanted a course which would provide me with the foundation knowledge to get going on a path to learning. I was keen to discover more about the brain (and let us face it, there’s always more to learn). I wanted to know that what I was being taught was based on up to date neuroscience evidence, it was. I also wanted a course that would teach me the practical side of Hypnotherapy (and psychotherapy!) at the same time. That is the good thing about this course, the blend of classroom hours and practical time. Getting to know what you are doing, but also enjoying practising on volunteers between lecture weekends.

CPHT ticked all these boxes for me, it is also taught by highly trained and experienced tutors, who have a wealth of knowledge and background experience themselves. They are passionate about what they teach and it’s contagious. They are supportive, beyond the classroom, you can always talk to them if you need advice. At the end of the course, they guide and encourage your progression from student to qualified Hypnotherapist. They also teach you valuable skills in setting up (marketing) and getting your business running.

After you qualify, the support doesn’t stop. In supervision, I also loved meeting other trainee Hypnotherapists, meeting up every other month and sharing what we have been up to. The shared experience of discovering how well Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works in lifting symptoms of anxiety is amazing.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy isn’t like other therapies, and that’s something wonderful. It’s gentle in its approach, helping clients bring about the changes they want. I found it amazing, and still do, watching clients change from one week to the next as they achieve the goals they want, however small. Not only did I help clients bring about changes, I helped myself, I became more confident in my own abilities to help people in a way I hadn’t thought possible.

Is hypnosis a risky business?

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It is interesting what is risky to one person is a simple challenge to another. One person may believe that anything is worth a try and another may think that the risk of failing, tips the balance.

So what determines how we evaluate whether something is worth the risk?

Well maybe it’s when we think that something is being to be too costly: financial cost, emotional cost or the risk of being not quite good enough?

Are we prone to over exaggerating the risks? Do we not take risks in life everyday. Each decision we make has an element of risk, as it may turn out well or it may not. We may be good at something or we may not. We may be successful or we may not. We somehow balance the risk in our minds, the result of which determines the quality of our lives.

When I decided to train as a Clinical Hypnotherapist did I take a risk? (Cathy Eland, Course Tutor at Liverpool CPHT) 

When my clients come to see me about their anxieties, do they take a risk?

‘Yes’ is the answer.

But wouldn’t it be useful for us to look at each opportunity and realistically evaluate the risk. If that risk involves an element of anxiety, are we not able to say to ourselves, it’s worth it. Progress always carries a price, and that price is that we manage ourselves to stay focused on our goal.

That is the way that a big risk becomes small, perhaps not a risk at all, now a challenge or a simple task.

Was it worth the risk to train as a Clinical Hypnotherapist? Yes, Oh Blimey Yes

Is it worth your risk?

Join us on the course starting in March 2019 in Speke and pay the price for your own personal progress TODAY

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