Pittsburgh Hypnotist Helps Athletes Successfully Prepare for 2012 Olympics

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The founder of Pittsburgh's PA Hypnosis Center, Dan Vitchoff, M.Ed, Mental Training and Performance Coach and Certified NLP Trainer, helps his clients achieve their goals, including Gold Medal Olympian Joshua Richmond, as well as individuals seeking to lose weight, stop smoking, and make other lifestyle changes.

Dan Vitchoff with US Olympians, Beijing, China

Not everyone’s goal will be Olympic Gold, yet whatever it is, we help them achieve it. The PA Hypnosis Center is changing people’s lives in proven and meaningful ways.

Staff Sgt. Josh Richmond, who trains with Pittsburgh Hypnotist and Mental Trainer Dan Vitchoff, continues to achieve awards and honors including most recently securing a slot for the US in the 2012 London Olympics. Richmond earned the US this quota slot earlier this month when he won a Gold Medal in Men’s Double Trap at the 50th International Shooting Sports Federation World Championship, matching the current world record by shooting a perfect final round of 50 out of 50.

Dan Vitchoff, M.Ed; founder of the PA Hypnosis Center in Pittsburgh; Mental Training and Performance Coach; and Certified NLP Trainer, has played a key coaching role during recent years of Josh Richmond’s competitive career, as well as in the careers of Olympic gold medalists Vincent Hancock, Walton Glen Eller, and other elite athletes. Using his proprietary ‘The 33 Method,’ Vitchoff helps performance athletes improve their concentration, focus, and ability to maintain the optimal balance of relaxation and readiness even during the stress of competition. Mental training, Vitchoff explains, is one of the performance keys that athletes such as 40-year-old Brett Favre rely on to make, and keep, themselves competitive in the physically and mentally demanding world of competitive sports.

Although Dan Vitchoff originally developed The 33 Method as a mental relaxation and conditioning program for professional and amateur athletes, he has since put it to work at the PA Hypnosis Center with remarkable success in other applications, including what Vitchoff describes as coaching ‘corporate athletes’. Business executives seeking higher levels of performance and individuals desiring to lose weight, stop smoking, or improve their golf game are among the clients who have benefited by this safe and natural approach to mental re-training. Vitchoff, along with Catherine (Catie) Dolgos, (a Certified Consulting Hypnotherapist and a Fitness and Nutrition Specialist), and others at Pittsburgh’s PA Hypnosis Center, have helped thousands of people achieve their goals through weight loss hypnosis, smoking cessation therapy and stress reduction therapies. Vitchoff adds, “Not everyone’s goal will be Olympic Gold, yet whatever it is, we help them achieve it. The PA Hypnosis Center is changing people’s lives in proven and meaningful ways.”

Josh Richmond says, “It simply feels great to win a world title, equaling the world record and securing an Olympic quota place.” He adds, “I have been junior World Champion in 2005 but to win a title in the open category five years later is a dream come true.” Richmond acknowledges his success as being a process that is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical.

Some of the athletes working with Dan Vitchoff and the PA Hypnosis Center include Olympic Gold Medalists, Walton Glenn Eller and Vincent Hancock, and numerous professional hockey players. Hancock, who missed placing for a medal in the World Shooting Championship Men’s Skeet competition by only one target, stayed focused in sudden-death competitions to claim a 2012 Olympic quota place. National Shooting Coach Bret Erickson says, “A medal would have been icing on the cake, but we really wanted the quota spot and Vinny stayed strong to accomplish that goal.”

Earlier this summer, Hancock broke his own national record for the third time in shooting competition in Colorado using Vitchoff’s mental training techniques that Hanock applies in many areas, including Olympic competition and on the golf course. To hear Olympian Vincent Hancock discuss how his mental training has helped him succeed in both competitive shooting and recreational golf, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odOuGjqgpzY

For media interviews with Dan Vitchoff M.Ed, CHt. Board Certified and Licensed Hypnotherapist, or for more information about the programs at the PA Hypnosis Center, please contact Catie Dolgos at (724) 934-8446 or via email at hypnosismarketing(at)comcast(dot)net


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