Ms Monia Brizzi
Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Registered EuroPsy Psychologist with the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA). Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Committee Member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA). Member of the Healthy Conservatoires network. Private practice in Canary Wharf and assessing clinician at BAPAM London.
Extensive psychological and psychotherapeutic experience spanning over twenty years in a variety of clinical settings in the NHS, charity, private sectors. She has practiced as a qualified Chartered Psychologist since 2007 and specialises in helping musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other performing arts students and workers with their psychological health and emotional well-being. She has seen many performers from a very broad range of specialities, backgrounds and cultures from all over the world and has assisted them with mild to severe and long-standing mental health problems and performance-related conditions and challenges pertaining training, rehearsing, touring, the medias, creativity and flow, the interface of personal and professional dimensions, identity integrity and transformation, developing and sustaining a voice, stage presence, concentration, self-care and the pressures of West End, Broadway and international elite performance.
Clinical Specialisms: Performance issues and optimisation, performance anxiety, perfectionism, impostor syndrome, fear, ambivalence, low energy, detachment from self and others, procrastination and avoidance, emptiness, emotional overwhelm, depression, addictions, isolation, guilt, shame, negativity, voice hearing, lack of meaning, precarious sense of self-identity, low self-confidence, career transitions, injuries, somatic symptoms, chronic pain and fatigue, IBS, psychogenic voice loss and throat issues, musculoskeletal pain, health anxiety, OCD, dissociation, habit and impulse control, phobias, panic attacks, flashbacks, PTSD, acute stress reaction, burnout, abuse, bereavement, social inhibition, personal and professional relationships, parenting and families, sexuality, cross-cultural and minority issues.
Consultant psychologist on several large multidisciplinary collaborations, including a Wellcome Trust funded project at University College London Hospital (2011-2014). She has organised and facilitated an art and psychology encounter between the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and art Professor David Cotterrell for the national festival Creativity and Wellbeing Week (May 2019). Convened Performing Arts Healthcare Conference for clinicians and musicians in the Music Department at King’s College London in November 2019: Phenomenology and the Arts. Collaborates with musicians: Challengingperformance.com, dancers: Dance and Choreomania, and other artists and scientists: Cosmoscope Colloquium. Was interviewed by Classical Music magazine in October 2018: Health and Wellbeing: Performance Anxiety. Has presented her research at national and international conferences for over fifteen years. Recently has published in The Psychologist (British Psychological Society, Vol. 31 – April 2018: 79), the Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis (Vol. 31.1, January 2020: 66-81) and Hermeneutic Circular (October 2018; April & October 2019; April 2020).