Using Hypnotherapy for Public Speaking and Sports Performance anxieties.

Having to speak in public or take part in a performance or sports event can be a cause of anxiety or even panic for many people.

The event does not need to be large or important. If you suffer from Performance Anxiety, even teeing off first or being asked to present to half a dozen colleagues can be distressing.

Using Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, we can diffuse the anxiety brought on by the thought of being in the spotlight. This means we can help you to deal with situations of this kind comfortably and successfully.

Some common difficulties with public speaking and sports performance.

Being in the spotlight alone can result in anxiety and troubling psychological responses. Combined with expectations of professional performance, this effect can be heightened.

  • Excessive anxiety during the run-up to an event is common, and affects many people who are required to speak in either work-related or social situations. Some athletes experience similar effects, and their anxiety can interfere with preparation for the event itself.
  • Panic at the thought of speaking or competing is also a difficulty I see often. Regardless of having had previous, trouble-free experiences, you develop a panic response when faced with the thought of having to speak or compete in front of a crowd.
  • Inability to perform well, or at all, as a result of anxiety or panic is also common. This can be career-threatening for athletes, performers, business or public figures, or even teachers. For each of these, being able to do their job depends in some measure on their ability to perform before a crowd.

2 weeks ago I presented a PowerPoint presentation to senior management at work. 1 week ago I stood up in front of a room full of wedding guests and read a poem at a friend’s wedding. A year ago I’d have run for the hills!


Each client’s situation and difficulties will suggest their own approach. However, therapy for public speaking and sports performance difficulties will generally involve a combination of approaches.

My approach to difficulties with public speaking and sports performance.

Hypnotherapy for Public Speaking

Hypnotherapy can enable you to ‘rehearse’ a particular situation, event, or performance mentally, just as though it were happening, and create the outcome as you would desire it to be. This results in increased confidence and a greater likelihood of success when undertaking a real event.


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is often helpful in developing alternative thinking patterns which can help you to ‘reframe’ an existing, fear-inducing memory or imagined outcome into one in which you perform successfully.


Mindfulness is an excellent ‘mental maintenance’ tool and an invaluable self-help approach. This lets you take control of fears, anxieties and triggers as they appear, and suppress or negate their impact.

Paul Levrant. CBT, Mindfulness and Hypnotherapy for public speaking and sports performance issues.

It falls to many of us to speak or perform in the spotlight, and I’ve been working with clients for whom this presents a challenge for many years. Having come to train as a therapist in mid-life, following a long and often stressful career in business, I practice Hypnotherapy, CBT, and Mindfulness, all of which approaches are relevant to managing situations of this kind. 

Tackle difficulty with public speaking or sports performance with one of the best-trusted Hypnotherapists in North London and Herts.

With consulting rooms in North London and Hertfordshire (as well as working online on certain issues), I’m available to work with you at times and in locations convenient to your work and personal commitments.





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