During the current social distancing period, we are pleased to be working with Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Dr Sidrah Muntaha, and GP, Dr Tamara Cohen, to offer free online group therapy for mild to moderate anxiety. This 6 session programme is for performance professionals and students who would benefit from ongoing therapy after an assessment with a BAPAM GP. To be referred to the group, please call us on 020 7404 8444 or email info@bapam.org.uk to arrange an initial free assessment at BAPAM.

This is a pilot and participants will be asked to help evaluate how effective the service has been. The findings will be used to determine whether BAPAM can continue to offer this service in future.

This will be a supportive & interactive group for those interested in learning about how our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physiological responses are affected by anxiety. We will draw on case examples to identify how easy it can be to get caught in destructive vicious cycles (e.g. self-critical/distrusting of others) which can affect our confidence as well as personal & professional relationships. Information & resources on CBT & audio tracks for muscle relaxation/breathing awareness will be given to participants for use outside of sessions, and we will learn to use coping strategies such as breath control, mindfulness, imagery and grounding techniques to help manage feelings of anxiety
Dr Sidrah Muntaha

Dr Sidrah Muntaha is a Chartered member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is a member of the British Psychology Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology & Faculty for Leadership & Management. She is on the register of Applied Professional Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. With 20 years of experience working across a range of mental health issues. Sidrah has a special interest in including songs/music in CBT interventions and is registered as a practitioner with British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).

Dr Tamara Cohen is a GP and health coach with a special interest in mental health, functional medicine and the performing arts. She holds a free clinic at BAPAM for professional and student creative practitioners and is a member of the BAPAM Medical Committee. She is also a singer, performer and member of an amateur musical theatre company, therefore has personal experience of the joys and anxieties within the field.