What is Sports Hypnosis?

Sports Hypnosis is the use of hypnosis in sports to overcome particular psychological problems specific to sport, and to improve performance in general. Effective sports hypnosis requires a good understanding of hypnotic principles, as well as a knowledge of sports psychology.

What is hypnosis like?

Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation, similar to what you might experience in day-dreaming. During hypnosis you are still aware of everything around you, but it doesn’t interfere with what you’re focusing on like it does in a normal wakened state. You’re in complete control all of the time, so you can’t be made to do or say anything you don’t want to, and you can come out of it any time you wish. It’s a very relaxing feeling, so most people really enjoy the experience.


Where can I get help with the mental side of my sport?
For advice on choosing a suitable sports hypnotist, please see About Sports Hypnosis.

Who can use Sports Hypnosis?
Sports Hypnosis is suitable for all levels from amateur to elite, and all ages (although usually 10 or 11 years old is the youngest most practitioners will work with).

How much does a session cost?
Fees vary depending on the practitioner’s qualifications and experience, and their location. On average you can expect to pay between £40 – 80 per session (usually 1 hour).

How many sessions will I need?
This will vary depending on what you need help with, and whether you want additional mental training skills. There will usually be an initial assessment, followed by a number of weekly sessions.


How do I become a sports hypnotist?
If you are a qualified hypnotherapist, then the Centre offers a Certificate course in Sports Hypnosis, which will give you the additional training in sports psychology and sports hypnosis you need.

If you are a qualified sports psychologist (BPS or BASES) or undertaking Supervised Experience, then the Centre will be able to provide you with the relevant basic hypnosis training before you undertake the sports hypnosis certification.

If you are neither a hypnotherapist nor sports psychologist, then please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Do you need to be a hypnotherapist to use hypnosis in sport?
No, there are two groups that will primarily use hypnosis in their dealings with sports people: hypnotherapists and sports psychologists. Each has skills and knowledge the other will need for effective sports hypnosis.

Existing hypnotherapists will need to learn more about sports psychology in addition to the specific techniques of sports hypnosis, while sports psychologists will need training in basic hypnosis before starting on sports hypnosis.

When is the next training course?
Training courses are announced on this site as they become available. If you are interested in training, please see the training section for the latest information.

Will I be a qualified hypnotherapist / sports psychologist once I’ve done the course?
No, the course qualifies you to use hypnosis in your current practice as a sports psychologist, but does not qualify you as a clinical hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy as a psychotherapeutic or clinical application usually requires extensive training which is beyond the scope of the sports hypnosis courses.

Equally, the course will not qualify hypnotherapists as sports psychologists. The course will however be an excellent foundation anyone who may wish to further their training in hypnotherapy or sports psychology.


Can you help with the research I’m doing into sports hypnosis?
The Centre is not currently offering any grants or assistance with research projects.