The Centre for Sports Hypnosis provides a central resource of information and knowledge of sports hypnosis practice, training and research in the UK.
The Centre for Sports Hypnosis has 3 main functions:
- Information: Providing information about sports hypnosis for practitioners and the public.
- Training: Workshops and training courses in sports hypnosis and related fields.
- Research: Collating and funding research into the use of hypnosis in sport.
In addition, the Centre holds a Directory of Sports Hypnotists, which lists practitioners who have completed the Certificate in Sports Hypnosis (Cert.SportsHyp).
The Centre is headed by its founder Gary Baker, who having qualified as a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist after gaining his degree in Psychology, started researching in depth the use of hypnosis in sport to help his growing base of sports clients. His findings led to the formation of the Centre for Sports Hypnosis in 2008 as a means of collating this research and providing further insight for sports psychologists and hypnotherapists.
From his base at British Judo’s Centre of Excellence in Kent, Gary worked directly with sportspeople from a wide range of disciplines, and developed training courses for hypnotherapists based on sports psychology principles. He was also regularly invited to run applied sports psychology workshops for elite junior athletes and amateur and professional sports clubs, as well as contribute to sports psychologists’ supervision groups.
Gary has also been the tutor in Sports Hypnosis for the UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy’s Diploma Programme, the National Council for Hypnotherapy’s Specialist Advisor in Sports Hypnosis, and a visiting lecturer at the University of East London on their Masters in Sports Psychology degree, teaching sports hypnosis as part of an Advanced Module in Applied Sports Psychology.