Psycho-Social / Mental Health
Adam Ficek has been involved in the music industry for 25 years as a performing artist and DJ and toured extensively at top level (EMI/Parlophone/Rough Trade) as a solo artist, band member and as a DJ. From his own therapeutic experience within the music industry and witnessing the struggles (and consequences) of many of his peers, he decided to train as an integrative psychotherapist at the Metanoia Institute in London before commencing doctoral studies in psychotherapy. He is experienced in both the NHS and private mental health settings. Areas of expertise include Anxiety, Addiction, Depression, Fame and celebrity, Trauma, Relationships, Burnout, Self esteem, Coaching (psychological and performance), substance abuse, touring and performance strategies.
Amy Willshire is a Dramatherapist experienced working with performance professionals including actors, movement practitioners, playwrights and puppeteers. She has personal experience as a director and writer of plays and lighting and sound technician, and is passionate about using the arts to aid healing.
Amy has expertise helping clients who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, and she can help performers address Roling and Deroling (including the distinction of me and not me). She has worked with adults with addictions and substance dependency, with older adults with dementia and cognitive loss and with clients who have experienced trauma, abuse, trafficking, bereavement, family separation, homelessness, PTSD, and eating disorders.
She works with adults and children, individuals, groups and families, using a range of therapeutic approaches, adapted to meet each client’s needs, with a specific interest in how a deeper understanding of “who am I” can help align thoughts, feelings, actions and sense of purpose. She uses techniques informed by somatic experiencing (how trauma is held in the body) and internal family systems (internal conflicts including self sabotage behaviours).
She is interested in attachment and working with families to strengthen bonds and relationships. This includes families who have suffered a bereavement, families with depression or anxiety, reunited families (e.g. following incarceration or migration), family breakdown, family assessment centres, contact centres, children in care, adopted families
She has experience working affirmingly with LGBT+ clients and with clients from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds.
Performance Coach who works with performers as well as professionals in sports, business and politics. Support managing conditions including performance-related anxiety, perfectionism, media and social media, resilience, sleep disturbance and bruxism, working with others, leadership.
Beverley Hills has worked as a therapist with many clients across the arts. A creative with 35 years’ experience working freelance, Beverley is also a careers advisor for Equity and BECTU.
“My background is in the creative arena of film, stage and TV, this means I have a wealth of experience to do with anxiety, panic attacks, rejection, fear as well as bereavement, family, relationships, sexual issues, addiction and more. I also counsel couples and troubled teens. My diverse career means I’ve a wider than average skillset for you to call upon. Trained in many different theories, I believe one type doesn’t fit all because isn’t every person different? As a counsellor of colour I find Black, Asian and minority ethnic clients relate closely to me. I also work with transitioning and LGBTQ+ clients. A member of the BACP, I work within their ethical framework; confidentiality is assured at all times”.
Bryn Jones has been practising as a Dramatherapist and mindfulness-based therapist since 2010. His background is as a drama practitioner and theatre director and he has worked as a therapist with many creative professionals including actors, dancers and directors. In his therapy practice he works with individuals, couples and groups, drawing upon his training and experience in dramatherapy, creativity and mindfulness to support people in exploring and working through a wide variety of difficulties and challenges, including:
- Emotional challenges
- Personal and professional relationships
- Self esteem
- Life transitions and purpose
Bryn lectures in drama and on the Dramatherapy MA at Royal Central School (University of London) and is engaged in research exploring the relationship between dramatherapy, movement and mindfulness. He continues to develop his theatre practice via ongoing projects; performing and directing.