Being a performer - be it dance, music or theatre and screen - involves a unique collection of stresses. Quite apart from having to run a business as a freelancer and all the stress and uncertainty which comes with that, people who perform for a living are under a huge amount of scrutiny: from themselves, their peers, their employers and their audience. It is highly competitive, and yet deeply subjective industry. While it is undoubtedly a career which offers huge rewards, personal, artistic and sometimes financial - it also presents challenges about motivation, self worth and self esteem, insecurity, as well amplifying feelings of isolation, loneliness and helplessness. It is easy to underestimate the importance of caring for our own psychological well-being and resilience.
Most people seeking help from a therapist come because they have reached crisis point - that moment at which personal coping mechanisms are no longer effective and psychological and emotional suffering have become too much to bear. Through a combination of talking therapy, CBT and Hypnotherapy, Ed will support you in developing new strategies - changes in behaviour and thought - to reduce stress and bring calmness and equilibrium to problem solving. He will also teach techniques to overcome the obstacles which have presented themselves, be they professional or personal. This time limited intervention will usually be done over a period of 4-10 weekly sessions.
Ed also offers, and recommends, ongoing sessions in Coping and Resilience, both for performers and business people. Useful for professionals and students alike, this process uses therapeutic techniques to prepare clients in advance of potential problems or difficulties, with the aim of preventing crises from occurring. Through these sessions, you will become technically proficient in the skills you need to deal more successfully with issues and problems as they arise.
The frequency of these sessions is entirely flexible, and may increase or decrease depending upon the fluctuating stressors present in the your life. By investigating and discussing experiences (before/after a performance, during the rehearsal process, before/after auditioning) and identifying unhelpful thought patterns or behaviours, it is possible to modify them before they become problematic. This kind of therapy has been a core part of sports training support for many years and is essential in helping performers to function to their best ability while maintaining their psychological wellbeing and happiness.