Archive for the ‘sport psychology’ Category

Becoming a Hypnotherapist in Cambridge

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Quite often I am asked how I became a Hypnotherapist and how I started working here at Cambridge Hypnotherapy so I thought I’d share with you my journey here.

My background has always been a very sporty one, starting with playing football up to County standard at the age of 16. I then went on to 6th Form College where I studied Physical Education and Psychology, both of which had a module in Sports Psychology within them, and this is what set me on the way to realise just how powerful the mind can be. Leaving College I trained to work in the Fitness Industry and gained a Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training and went on to work in some of the best gyms in Cambridge. Here it became even clearer to me just how important the mind was when it came to achieving goals, for example, why was it that some people needed a personal trainer yet others could push themselves, or why was everyone so mad keen to get fit and January and the Summer but not in March or October. I worked my way up to Gym Manager and suddenly realised that there was no real job satisfaction for me anymore, and that I wanted to do something else, but the question was… what?

My Father had trained and worked as a hypnotherapist in Cambridge for many years prior to this, and had also introduced my younger brother Joseph into the field where he had also become a fully qualified Hypnotherapist, and they had both also travelled abroad to train to become trainers themselves, meaning they were now qualified to run courses and certify people to become therapists. As it happened, they even had a course coming up at about this time when I knew I wanted to do something different, so I thought why not see what it entails!

After successfully finishing the course, I was now a fully qualified Master Hypnotist, a Practitioner of Time Line Therapy, and a Practitioner of NLP and started working immediately with clients to help them reach their goals at Cambridge Hypnotherapy with my brother and father. Not content with just using the techniques that I now knew, I wanted to further and add to my skill set so also successfully completed the Master Practitioner course. This gave me everything I feel I needed to know to help clients achieve anything they asked for, such as letting go of depression, becoming more confident, losing weight, stopping smoking, or letting go of intense phobias.

6 years on I am still loving what I do, and every day I am glad I took the plunge from the safe yet mundane career with a regular pay cheque each month, into the diverse job I now do, and am very proud to be able to say that I am a full time Hypnotherapist in Cambridge.

If you would like to find out more about the issues that we work with here at Cambridge Hypnotherapy please click here, and you can also find out about the course run by Joseph and Paul Clough by clicking here.

Have a great day!



Cambridge Hypnotherapy ~ Advice How to get real results

Friday, December 16th, 2011

This is sort of a clients experience and it’s an experience that we here at Cambridge Hypnotherapy look out for and listen for.

It’s a time when we help our clients not to be clients until they are ready.

You see Hypnotherapy, especially the way we have developed it is extremely powerful at getting the results you want. And that’s the thing we listen for is it what you want and need. For many it’s just the right thing to change from what you’re feeling to how you want to feel in as little as 2-3 sessions with us.


And here is the but:

What if you don’t want to stop smoking but your partner wants you to stop?

What if you bite your nails and your family, not you, want you to stop it?

For some therapists you would be booked into a session with what measure of success? Well probably none and we’ll explain that later.

With us you come along to an initial consultation and we explain how we work and use this time to find out if it’s you who want to change. Because it’s so important to your success in changing if you want to stop and change ~ really important!

If we notice that you are here under someone else’s wishes we will not work with you, you don’t have a problem and you will waste your time and money and we will not let that happen. We will give you a complimentary hypnosis CD and when and if you change your mind and you want to change you then we will book you in to a session ~ only then though.

So you can rest assured when you do visit us we have only your best interests at heart and when you understand that you know you are in the right place at the right time with the right person that can help.

And when you do get the results you want we get to share in your pleasure of being the one who did it (with a little help from us)

Hypnotherapy in Cambridge ~ What to expect at an initial consultation

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

 What to expect at an initial consultation with Cambridge Hypnotherapy

 We think the bravest thing you do in solving your issues and making the changes you want is to arrange or book an initial consultation.

 So when you come along here’s what to expect:

Well firstly DON’T expect to be hypnotised because you won’t. We don’t do any work at all on your issues ~ so you can relax now.


But you can expect to made comfortable because that’s the most important thing about this consultation ~ It’s your 20 minutes to make a considered decision if you are comfortable with us and that we’re right for you together with having all your questions answered:


Questions like


  • How many sessions?
  • How long do sessions last?
  • How much?
  • What’s it like to be hypnotised?
  • What’s NLP, Time Line Therapy?
  • Some people ask if it’s okay to drive after a session.
  • Is it totally confidential?


We will answer all of the above and more so rest assured you will have all the information to make a choice.




if we don’t think we’re right for you we will tell you and advise you how to get the right way. It’s really important to us to make sure you get what you want.




Whether you proceed or not we will give you our ‘What will it mean to me’ CD with our compliments




If you didn’t receive a link to our 30 minutes of hypnosis downloads we will send you that as well, again with our compliments.








Anxious about Hypnotherapy in Cambridge

Monday, February 28th, 2011
A little while ago I received a reply to an initial consultation reminder text we send out that made me think.

The text read something like this:

Thanks. Ironic that I am seeking your help as I am anxious about everything” and here’s the bit that got me “Including coming to see you!”It’s only because we know the initial consultation is our way to put you at your ease and we have been in so many we’re never anxious!

Being serious though I can really empathise with that comment, sometimes we can be so worried of the unknown we will stay stuck. Some people call it staying in their comfort zone and if you have ever thought that way and I think we all have maybe it should be renamed “the Familiar Zone”. You can be so familiar with your problems, issues and the negative way you feel it can be scary to think of being any other way.

Luke, Joseph and I know this here at Cambridge Hypnotherapy which is why we insist on our prospective clients come to an initial consultation. It’s a time where we can let you know all about our special kind of Hypnotherapy and make you feel really comfortable.

How do we do that?

Well firstly:

You can see we are real people and can tell we are both passionate about your results and you can see that what we are telling you is what we believe in. We don’t sell magically on the telephone or on the web ~ you get to see “the whites of our eyes!” and you get to do this with our compliments, it’s absolutely free.


You get to make a considered decision by getting all your concerns answered and if we’re not for you that’s great and if we are that’s great to.


You have that worry of being regressed back to times in your life when things were bad ~ because we don’t do that here.


For those that worry with phobias etc that you will be made to face the thing your fear so much ~ we don’t do that either!

There’s a lot more I could add but then I want you to find out for yourself and start making the changes to your life ~ with a little special help from us.



NLP and Sports Psychology

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Recently I was contacted by someone looking for some help for his son using sports psychology. His son James (name changed for confidentiality reasons) was a 12 year old moto cross rider, who was in the top 10 in England. Last year he was at the top of his age group, and was very much full of confidence and enjoying his riding.

However at the end of the year it was time for James move up to the next category, the 12 – 16 year old age group, where he was now riding against older, more experienced, bigger and stronger riders. Even taking all this into account, James’ lap times in practice and training were quicker than most of these other riders, so he should have been brimming with confidence, and in practice he was!

However, come race day there was a huge shift in James’ mindset. He became nervous, anxious, worrying that all the other riders were quicker and faster (even though consciously he knew they weren’t), and seemed to resign himself to losing against a select few, even to the point where he would let the bigger names ride off in front of him and just stick himself in with the safer group, where he would be able to beat some people.

So how did I help? Well, to start with I focused on getting him into his training mindset, where he excelled and was confident in his own ability, and where he ALWAYS enjoyed riding his bike. I then used lots of anchoring techniques so that we could reprogram how his mind saw race days, and that would allow him to take this confident training mindset into race days.

There was also lots of generating new behaviours, finding ways for James to instantly change his state, into a state of confidence and relaxation.

So how did it help? I spoke with James’ father the week after who said the change was immense. Even on the way down to the venue for the weekend James seemed so much more relaxed. He slept better the night before, and when walking the track before qualifying James was seen laughing with his friends. During the second race, James had a problem with his bike that made is go slow and lose power, something that beforehand would have made him give up. This time however, he took it all in his stride, focused and just got on with the job in hand.

To find out how easy it can be for you to make changes so easily, why not contact us now for a FREE initial consultation at Cambridge Hypnotherapy. We also have a specific page dedicated to Sports Improvement using Hypnosis on our website.