Would you like to enhance your sports performance? If you answered, “yes” then clinical hypnotherapy could be the approach for you. To help understand what clinical hypnotherapy is and how clinical hypnotherapy can enhance your sports performance, I have interviewed, therapist Dr. Fredrick Woodard, LP, PhD.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“I have a Ph.D. from California School of Professional Psychology at Fresno, California and did my dissertation on the experience of the psychologist during hypnosis. Since then I have published 9 professional peer reviewed articles on hypnosis in Journal of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Reports. I have three Master’s Degrees from State University of West Georgia, at Carrollton, GA; American International College at Springfield, MA and California School of Professional Psychology. I have a certification in hypnosis from American Board of Hypnotherapy and have my own private practice in Milford, New Hampshire.”
What is clinical hypnotherapy?
“Clinical hypnotherapy is really just utilizing the potential that lies dormant within us through accessing our body and mind connections using spiritual, mental and physiological exercises, such as guided imagery, relaxation and other techniques. These days many people are using hypnosis and calling it other things. It essentially changes our perceptions and our responses to the environment.”
How can clinical hypnotherapy enhance sports performance?
“It is the concentration and focus of the inner mind on the knowledge and memory of the body. Our inner subconscious mind creates what our imagination shows it in the external environment.”
What is a typical clinical hypnotherapy session like?
“It usually is a three-session approach that involves a thorough interviewing of the situation, a session working on hypnosis and practicing it and a final session to make sure we have the hypnosis exercise just where the client needs it to be.”
What advice would you like to leave for someone who is considering clinical hypnotherapy to enhance his or her sports performance?
“To practice paying attention to what internal dialogue one uses because we use hypnosis every day in our lives without knowing it, we often create our situations and responses. To not give up on your hypnosis work as it is very variable how long it will take to change habits of the mind. For example one person can achieve the goal in one session but may take many more for another person. Clearing ones mind is often a big help and an open mind is essential.”
Thank you Dr. Fredrick Woodard for doing the interview on how clinical hypnotherapy can enhance sports performance. For more information on Dr. Fredrick Woodard or his work you can check out his website on http://woodardhypnosisandpsychotherapy.org/.
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