Hypnotherapy for Performers
In addition to my work in music, from July 2022 I will be offering my services as a clinical hypnotherapist. For me, hypnotherapy gives me a wonderful set of tools which I use myself in my everyday life. I use hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis to help me achieve the very best performances I can with my singing and conducting. I use it to increase motivation, energy, and mood control. I use it to reduce stress and anxiety. I use it to achieve the best quality sleep I can for myself and for pain reduction (I am a migraine sufferer).
Although hypnotherapy CAN be used to treat many other ailments and issues, my main areas of interest in helping others with hypnotherapy are in helping singers, conductors and performers to approach their performances with a great mindset, exploring confidence, performance anxiety, mood control, mental rehearsal and much more. I have developed a specialist package available to performers which combines a number of hypnotherapy sessions with myself AND teaches a number of self-hypnosis techniques so the performer can continue and develop the work we do themselves!
Performers who have been working with me recently have been astonished at what they can achieve with hypnosis and have found it has now become an important part of their preparation both in their performing life and in other areas of their lives.
If you are someone who has suffered from anxiety before a performance, or who feels imposter syndrome and you're ready to make the changes needed to go into your performances in peak psychological condition, lets talk about working together. Email me for more details and with any questions you might have.
* Hypnosis is essentially a simple, down-to-earth and common sense therapy. For example, by relaxing, by thinking positively and picturing your goals, hypnosis can help you to progressively improve your habitual feelings and behaviour.
* There are thousands of positive experimental and clinical research studies published on hypnosis . Hypnotherapy was recognised as an effective treatment by the British Medical Association (BMA) and American Medical Association (AMA) in the 1950s and, more recently by the American Psychological Association and NICE guidance used by the NHS
* Hypnosis is a special way of using various naturally occurring psychological and physiological states. It's a collaborative process in which you allow yourself to follow the guidance of the therapist by using your imagination to evoke positive emotions and rehearse behaviour change.
* Everyone can, in principle, be hypnotised. It has been shown to help if you relax, think positively, and imagine the things being suggested.
*Hypnotic "trance" so-called, is an increased ability to respond to positive suggestions, usually accompanied simply by relaxed attention to the ideas being suggested.
* Hypnosis is definitely not a state of sleep or unconsciousness. Roughly 90% of people report being aware of everything that happens and relaxation helps but is not essential to hypnosis.
*Hypnosis is DEFINITELY NOT a state of mind control. You cannot be made to do anything against your will. On the contrary, you must want to accept suggested ideas and actively imagine responding to experience these effects.
* Comedy stage hypnosis has very little to do with clinical hypnotherapy and has been shown to foster misconceptions which can prevent people from benefitting from treatment. Take what you see on the television with a pinch of salt.
* Hypnosis is completely safe when used in a responsible and professional manner. Nobody has ever been "stuck" in hypnosis.
* Psychological and emotional problems can be seen as a result of negative thinking, whereas hypnotherapy aims to encourage "suggest" positive ideas which lead to improvement.
* Hypnotic suggestion is a means of experiencing certain helpful ideas at a level profound enough to directly influence our emotions and behaviour.
* Hypnotherapy usually requires more than one session. The average number of sessions is between 4-6.
* Hypnosis can help with an enormous range of issues. Research tends to provide most support for its use in anxiety management, pain management, sleep disorders and stress related illnesses. It is also used in personal development areas such as music and sports performance, public speaking and creativity.