Utilizing hypnotherapy and CBT to overcome challenges related to public speaking and sports performance.
Having to speak in public or participate in a performance or sports event is 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 in front of peers 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 and 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 psychological responses. Combined with expectations of professional performance, this effect can be heightened.
- Excessive anxiety during the run-up to an event is common, affecting many people who are required to speak in both work-related and social situations. Some athletes had similar effects. Such anxiety can interfere with preparation for the event itself.
- Panic at the thought of speaking or competing is also a difficulty I see frequently. Regardless of 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, of course, be career-threatening for athletes, performers, business or public figures, or even teachers, whose position depends on some measure of their ability to perform before a crowd.
2 weeks ago I presented a PowerPoint presentation to senior management at work and 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, but 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 one 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 and without a problem.
Mindfulness is an excellent ‘mental maintenance’ tool and is an invaluable self-help approach with which to 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.
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