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Understands performers' complex eyesight needs including visual fields and working distances, and reading notation while also focusing on the working environment and fellow performers. Part of the team at Allegro Optical, Meltham, Holmfirth.
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.
Also a dancer, Ann has many years experience of the mechanics of the body, working with singers, actors, dancers and musicians. Services include Osteopathy, laryngeal manipulation, breathing techniques, Floor-Barre work.
Based at Performance Physiotherapy, Pontypridd, Ben is an experienced physiotherapist providing injury assessment and diagnosis, injury rehabilitation and pain management to sports and creative professionals.
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.
Performing arts and sports specialist physiotherapy, acupuncture, specialist vocal physiotherapy. Has experience working at BAPAM and in her own practice with many creative professionals and students.
Cathie first had Alexander Technique lessons whilst studying for a diploma in musical directing at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). She found them extremely interesting and beneficial, and after developing R.S.I. through using a computer and playing the piano, she decided to re-train as an A.T. teacher to learn more about what was causing these issues and to eventually help others. She qualified in 2008 from a three year, STAT recognised training course at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London.
Cathie has a music degree, worked as a piano teacher and has played several instruments including the violin, flute and harp. She was Alexander Technique teacher for the European Union Youth Orchestra for five years and she now works with musicians, singers and creative practitioners in schools and colleges and at home.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy Worked in classical music management for 15+ years before training as a therapist. Keen violinist. Also has clients in dance, theatre and film. Can help with problems including depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, bullying, career issues, creative block, identity and self-esteem, post-natal depression, physical health problems and life transitions. See clients in Acton and Hammersmith.
Chris Madden is a counsellor and psychotherapist whose background in the music industry gives him an informed understanding of the sector. His therapeutic experience within the creative community includes supporting many clients from the music, live events and other creative industries such as musicians/vocalists, actors, and production/technical crew. He can help address a broad range of issues including relationship problems/difficulties, anxiety, stress, trauma and depression, problematic alcohol and substance/drug behaviour, crisis intervention. Chris uses an integrative therapeutic approach. He is trained in Person-centred / relational approaches / Solution Focused therapy.
Chris has considerable experience of working with students in university settings and is the lead counsellor/wellbeing officer at a university. He is experienced in working with Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Asperger Syndrome and SEND diagnoses.
He is an accredited Mental Health First Aid (England) Instructor, a therapeutic service provider for the charity Music Support, a member of Help Musicians UK charity’s Health and Welfare Advisory panel and Chair of the Board of Trustees with MAP Charity, a Leeds based charity offering creative programmes for young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream education.
Prior to retraining as a therapist, Chris worked in the music industries for over 20 years.
Counsellor and Psychotherapist specialising in addiction treatment. Chula worked as a professional musician before becoming a clinical consultant, trainer and psychotherapist with expertise in helping people overcome alcohol and substance misuse. Consults for Music Support, Steps2Recovery and privately.
Claire has been in the optical industry for 20 years and reading music since the age of 7. Works with many clients throughout the creative sector. Awareness of how posture and varying focal distances affect the eyesight requirements of arts professionals. Based at Allegro Optical in Greenfield and Meltham.
Claire Hope is a Music therapist and musician. She has worked with creative professionals experiencing difficulties including:
Depression, including post-natal depression
She can help performers prepare for auditions, introduce techniques to 'free up' musicians having difficulty improvising, and teach breathing techniques.
Claire is very experienced working with families and children, covering a wide range of needs including autism, adoption, mental health, parent-baby, profound and multiple learning difficulties and behavioural difficulties. She is particularly interested in attachment and draws on psychodynamic and developmental theory.
Clarissa Hardaker is a London-based Speech Therapist, Voice and Accent Coach, highly specialised in voice and vocal rehabilitation with actors, singers and professional voice users.
She offers skilled assessment and treatment for people with speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders. This includes but is not limited to adults with speech and articulation disorders and voice disorders.
Her MFA in Voice Studies has given Clarissa the skills and qualifications of a voice coach and teacher and she specialises in helping elite voice users with breath, phonation, resonance, and articulation. Online or face-to-face sessions are available, tailored to your needs.
Problems and conditions helped with include:
Vocal nodules, cysts and polyps
Muscle tension dysphonia
Dysarthria and apraxia
Vocal trauma or loss
Lisps and stutters
Poor articulation and clarity
Accent softening and dialect coaching
Clarissa has experience working with trans clients who wish to work on their voice.
Clarissa is a singer and non-professional actor herself and has worked with over 100 clients in the performing arts and has conducted research into the importance of providing voice training for teachers as standard as part of initial teacher training.
Specialises in musicians and dance medicine including pre-hab injury prevention, rehabilitation, vocal problems - Laryngeal Manual Therapy, minimising risks in puppetry. Worked with many artists, including as physio for touring dance companies and West End productions. Now practising in Manchester and sees many RNCM and Northern Ballet School students.
Has been practising Alexander Technique for over 30 years. Well aware of performance technique and ergonomic approaches. Works with instrumentalists, singers, dancers and other performers in Leigh-on-Sea, Chelmsford and Brentwood.
Patients include musicians, voiceover artists, actors and models, and a culture is in place that values the significance of their oral and dental health to their careers extending over many years. Dentures, tooth wear, dental implant complications, missing/failing teeth, injury/trauma. Brass and woodwind instrumentalists benefit from the specialist skills available in the practice for advice and treatment of embouchure problems involving the teeth and muscles of the mouth and jaw. Corrections of tooth positions and angulations for improved embouchure formation, fixed bridgework and implant stabilised dentures are all available to improve and extend musical careers.String instrumentalists benefit from the improvement and treatment of face and neck muscle pain and the associated dental discrepancies that may contribute to this condition, easing discomfort and possible over-use injury.
Dr Alex Willner offers both short and long-term psychological therapy depending on the nature of the problem, individual needs, hopes and expectations, and the approach adopted, providing a responsive service that focuses on unique, individual needs to find a way forward and is dedicated to making a difference. Psychodynamic therapy is typically integrated with a focused, more behavioural approach directed at symptom alleviation.
As a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist, HCPC Registered and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Dr Willner has practiced for over 20 years, working mainly with adults across a wide spectrum of emotional and psychological difficulties.
Expertise and experience to help with a wide range of issues including:
- Eating disorders including Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa and Binge-eating
- Relationship difficulties
- Bereavement, grief, loss or separation
- Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
- Low mood or depression
- Anxiety and stress
- Coping with adjustments and life transitions
- Work-related concerns
Alexander Technique for performers. Much experience of helping student and professional violinists/viola players with their set up i.e. the interface of the instrument in relation to supporting/playing it. Teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire and privately in both Crewe and Birmingham.
BAPAM Assessing Clinician and NHS GP experienced advising performing arts professionals and students about all work/study-related problems.
Anna is a chartered clinical psychologist, who works with child and adult performers, providing CBT and hypnotherapy, including RTT (rapid transformational hypnotherapy). Experienced supporting cast and crew of West End shows, working with casting directors and supporting child performers and adults. Anna worked as an actor before training as a therapist. Helps clients with performance anxiety, performance coaching, diet, nutrition, eating disorders, self harm, addictions, anxiety, depression, phobias.
She has over 15 years of experience working with children and adolescents who have a whole range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. After completing her undergraduate degree at Bristol university, she did her clinical training at University College London. Since then Anna has worked in the NHS and the private sector at The Tavistock Clinic, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Vincent Square eating disorders clinic and the Priory Roehampton. She now works exclusively in private practice.
She has trained in many psychological models – cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy and systemic therapy. Primarily she now works with CBT as it increases the range of coping strategies available to people, thus equipping them to better manage their emotions and the difficulties that they are having. However, when and where necessary and appropriate she will utilise other psychological models.
In addition to her private practice Anna works on some of the West End stage shows with both the production companies and children who are struggling with a range of issues that are affecting their performance.
Anna has extensive experience of working with psychiatrists, dieticians, family therapists, teachers and other such professionals.
Dr Anne Mitchener is a highly experienced Spinal Neurosurgeon and executive coach (work performance). She practises privately at the Schoen Clinic, Wigmore Street, London and at the BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital where NHS patients can be referred by their NHS GP using the Choose & Book eReferral system.
Dr Mitchener sees performing artists for assessment, advice and conservative treatment measures for back and spinal pain, sciatica, degenerative spinal conditions, pain management, carpal tunnel syndrome. She performs spinal surgery for NHS and private patients offering a complete outpatient and inpatient service. She is a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons, Society of British Neurological Surgeons with over twenty years’ experience of spinal surgery.
- Cervical Spine microdiscectomy and fusion
- Cervical Disc replacement
- Cervical laminectomy/foraminotomy
- Lumbar Spinal laminectomy/foraminotomy
- Lumbar microdiscectomy
- All spine degenerative conditions - operative and injection
- Carpal Tunnel Decompression
Consultant in Pain Medicine. Long-term pain and related conditions including spinal or musculoskeletal pain, and nerve pain. The effects of adverse psychological states on pain. Dr Ordman is the Honorary Medical Adviser to the Royal Society of Musicians. He is familiar with musicians' medical and pain management needs, and is a keen musician and singer himself. NHS and private consultations are available at hospitals including the Wellington and Royal Free.
Vocalists or wind instrument artists with respiratory disorders. Stage artists with worsening lung function. Intractable cough. Vocal cord dysfunction. Hyperventilation syndromes. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Disability arising from chest trauma. Chronic Chest pain. Cardiac Failure. Occupational Lung Disease. Chest Medicine, General Medicine, Occupational Medicine. NHS clinician at Solihull Hospital.
Travel Health, Health Screens, Vaccines and Occupational Health at Your Excellent Health Service, Harley Street.
Dr Easmon trained at St George's. London. He did his elective in Ghana (his country of birth) and has since worked with, among others, MERLIN, Raleigh International and Save the Children in Rwanda, and ECHO in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. With the Foreign Office he has visited Egypt, Israel, Tunisia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines.
His route in to travel medicine and public health was through medical evacuations, working abroad and stints at the Hospital for Tropical Disease's travel clinic. He enjoyed several years on the board of the British Travel Health Association and was one of the first UK medical practitioners to have obtained the International Certificate in Travel Health (CTH) from the International Society of Travel Health. In 2008 Charlie became a member of the new Faculty of Travel Medicine - MFTM RCPS (Glasg).
Charlie's interest in mental health in the workplace came late through his occupational health work in which he saw the consequences of poor work environments, late referral, lack of mental health support resources or poor management.
Considerable experience helping creative professionals and students as the Medical Adviser to the Ulster Orchestra and NHS and BAPAM GP. BAPAM Assessing Clinician in Belfast.
Christine is a GP with extensive experience working with performance professionals. From 1990 - 2018 she was the medical adviser to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She is an NHS GP at Wingate Medical Centre (only patients registered at the practice can be seen here), and a GP for Babylon Health, where she is the Gender Identity Services Clinical Champion.
Performing Arts Medicine GP assessments at the BAPAM Clinic at Birmingham Conservatoire. Grade 8 singer, piano player and violinist. Assessments and management advice for mental health and physical problems of students and professionals in the performing arts.
Dr Fozia Hamid combines her clinical expertise and interest in music and the performing arts in her work at BAPAM, where she advises professional and student performers and creative practitioners about a wide spectrum of physical and mental health concerns relating to their work. She is an NHS GP based in London.
BAPAM Assessing Clinician advising performing arts professionals and students about all health problems related to or affecting creative practice. She is a retired NHS GP who was also the medical advisor to the BBC Concert Orchestra.
BAPAM Assessing Clinician advising performing arts professionals and students about all work/study-related problems. Also an NHS GP.
Highly experienced clinician who has worked extensively with professional and student performers. Can help with all musculoskeletal performance-related problems. UCL Performing Arts Medicine MSc course leader. Chair of ISSTIP (The International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance). Piano player. Runs a BAPAM Clinic at our London HQ, and a Musicians Clinic at PhysioEd, Belsize Park.
Hand and upper limb musculoskeletal expert in non-surgical management of hand, wrist and elbow pathology. Has seen many performers with problems including osteoarthritis, De Quervain's tenosynovitis, Trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, capsulitis, impingement syndromes, pain and fracture. Interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound and runs NHS diagnostic/radiology clinic at the Royal London Hospital. Ultrasound guided therapeutic injections and interventions. Private consultations: Pure Sports Medicine, Canary Wharf and Highgate Hospital. NHS: Royal London Hospital.
Vocal coach and expert in vocal health and vocal rehabilitation for professional voice users. Lecturer for Voice Workshop and the Performing Arts Medicine MSc course at UCL. Teaches singing to adults and children. Experienced working with laryngologists and speech therapists in NHS Voice Clinics and as a private coach. Consultations in London, Guildford and online.
Alexander Technique teacher with experience helping people avoid and manage musculoskeletal injuries and pain. Rehabilitation. Hypermobility. Maintaining stable practice regimes. Woodwind instruments. Guitar. Special interest in performance anxiety and pre-performance nerves. Works at the RWCMD, Cardiff and privately in Bristol.
GP and Occupational Health Physician with a special interest in the performing arts. Has worked with BAPAM as an assessing GP in our clinic. Special interests include women's health and contraception, occupational health, musicians' health and sexual health. She is based at Temple Bar Medical Centre, Dublin.
GP and approved Doctor for Maritime and Coastguard Agency and various Cruise Lines providing occupational medicals for seafarers including performers. Experienced in providing both occupational and general practice services to performance professionals.
Dr Kajan Kanagasabai graduated from St George’s Medical School, London in 1998. He has worked in various hospitals with medical specialities such as General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Women’s medicine and Mental Health. He has been practising as a GP since 2003 and became a partner at Mount Avenue Surgery in Brentwood in 2005.
He has extensive experience in minor surgery having provided this service for his large practice population consisting of 14,000 patients for over 15 years. He regularly updates and audits his service to maintain his high quality of service he provides as the lead Doctor in Minor Surgery.
Works with dancers, gymnasts and athletes at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, Tottenham Court Road. Has previously held clinics at BAPAM and is an experienced performing arts medicine physician.
General Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr Lavadino has supported arts clients with problems including anxiety, panic, trauma and PTSD, ADHD, ASD, body image disorders and unhealthy eating habits, sleep problems. When appropriate, she may combine a medication plan with a range of psychotherapeutic interventions, including Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and EMDR. I also provide psychological support and intervention based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy principles. She is a pianist with a special interest in helping people working in performance arts. She is based in central London at 55 Harley Street.
NHS GP at Whickham Health Centre, and AMABO Medical Adviser to Northern Sinfonia who has also advised many BAPAM patients in the North East. Experienced in assessing all performing arts vocational-related problems.
NHS GP and Medical Adviser to the South Bank Sinfonia.
NHS GP based in Portsmouth, and BAPAM GP, experienced helping performers including military musicians.
Dr McKavanagh is an NHS and BAPAM GP who holds BAPAM clinics in Liverpool and Manchester and helps artists and creative practitioners with a range of physical and mental health concerns. She is a graduate of the UCL Performing Arts Medicine MSc programme.
She is an experienced Doctor who has worked in the NHS for 35 years, and also a performing musician who has performed in solo recitals, and worked as an accompanist for ABRSM and LCM music examinations. She holds an LTCL in Piano Performance and has played violin, viola, clarinet, celtic harp and vibraphone in the past. She have also sung soprano in a chamber choir for the past 20 years.
Special interests include disorders affecting instrumental musicians, particularly overuse musculoskeletal and neurological injuries, focal musicians dystonias and cognitive, hearing and other sensory conditions,sexual and reproductive health and travel medicine.
GP working in community psychiatry. Special interest in mental health in the arts, as well as nutrition and lifestyle. Worked as a theatre costume designer before training as a doctor. Keen singer and instrumentalist who works with Jazz North East. Works within the NHS in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and is the BAPAM GP at our clinic at the Sage, Gateshead.
Clinical advice re performing arts work-related health problems at BAPAM London Clinic. Rheumatology. Chronic pain. AMABO Medical Adviser to the ENO Orchestra.
Dr Naomi Brecker is a practicing Consultant Occupational Physician, with a wide experience and skill set that is relevant to performing arts medicine. She is a graduate of the UCL Performing Arts Medicine programme. She is an accredited Consultant in Public Health Medicine, with training and experience in epidemiology, audit and evaluation of service provision and infectious disease control in the community. She has a special interest in occupational health assessment and management of performing artists. Many of the problems are psychological or musculoskeletal, and she is experienced in assessing and advising about work-related modifications, rehabilitation and signposting to treatment services.
Clinical psychology. Neuropsychology. CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (person-centered guiding), Solution Focused Therapy. Also works as actress and understands demands of profession. Has seen musicians, actors and dancers with wide range of problems e.g. bipolar, psychosis, addictions, PTSD, anxiety (general and performance), phobias. Specialist in developing confidence, self esteem, long term mental health management skills. Experienced Dramatherapist. Based in Qatar but available for Skype consultations.
NHS GP at Paddington Green Health Centre. Many Royal Academy of Music students are registered at the practice and they are approved by HMUK to complete Emerging Musicians Health Scheme forms. Dr Purssell is very experienced helping performing arts professionals and students, and has worked as a GP at BAPAM.
Laryngology - voice assessment, voice surgery. Worked with over 1000 professional voice users of all types. Experience dealing with: Inflammatory: reflux, systemic conditions. Vocal fold lesions: cysts, polyps, nodules, scars, sulci, mucosal bridge, granulomas. Neurological: vocal fold palsy, Parkinson's. Muscle Tension and Kinetic Chain imbalances affecting the voice. NHS Specialist Voice Clinic at Lewisham Hospital. Private appointments available at Lewisham and London Bridge Hospital. Mr Gibbins treats all aspects of general and paediatric ENT conditions. He also has an interest in thyroid, parathyroid and salivary gland surgery. BAPAM can provide further referral guidance 020 7404 8444 / email@example.com
Has worked with many performance professionals dealing with confidence, post performance anxiety, creative work related issues, as well as a range of problems including trauma, bereavement, depression, eating disorders and stress. Pamela, works with adults, young people, couples and families. She is also a professional music teacher.
BAPAM and NHS GP. Advises all performing arts professionals and students about work-related health problems, and is a graduate of the UCL Performing Arts Medicine MSc programme. NHS practice at Grove Surgery, Thetford (only NHS patients registered at the practice can be seen here).
NHS and private GP and Occupational Health Physician who has worked at BAPAM London as an Assessing Clinician advising performing arts professionals and students about all work/study-related problems. AMABO Medical Adviser to the Philharmonia Orchestra. Keen clarinet player who has played and toured with orchestras including the World Doctors Orchestra.
Medical Adviser to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
NHS and BAPAM GP. Performing Arts Medicine MSc graduate. Interest in anxiety management and breathing techniques. Other interests in context of General Practice - holistic and integrated health care, occupational health, women's health, ophthalmology. She is a keen musician, plays Violin, Viola, Voice (Baritone Saxophone and Piano), has also trained in dance.
Specialist in sports and performing arts injuries and interpreting imaging including MRI, X-ray, CT, ultrasound. Interventional procedures under image guidance e.g. ultrasound-guided joint injections, tendon therapy, CT-guided joint injections for spinal conditions. Has seen many performers including dancers and musicians with problems including joint pain, impingement, clicking, swelling, hypermobility in e.g. shoulder, wrist, back, hip, knee, ankle. NHS at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. Private at Spire Bushey Hospital. Reduced fees available for BAPAM-registered patients.
Ross trained in music from the age of 8 playing the clarinet, continuing on to degree level before working in commercial radio production. Since training as a chiropractor, he has helped dancers, actors and musicians, including piano players, guitarists, and multi-instrumentalists. They have mostly presented with low back or neck pain from overuse or poor posture.
Sarah is a Performing Arts Medicine Physiotherapist and Educator, working mainly with instrumental musicians. She has extensive clinical experience in assessing & treating playing-related musculoskeletal injuries in instrumental musicians, and she is passionate about injury prevention, and promoting musculoskeletal well-being in musicians.
Sarah is the physiotherapist at The Purcell School for Young Musicians and well-being lead for the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain. She is an assessing clinician and educator for BAPAM and also works in a thriving private practice near Cambridge (montaguclinic.com).
Additionally, she is in high demand as a teacher and speaker, and has contributed her expertise to school INSET sessions for visiting instrument teachers, INSET sessions at County Music Hubs, the Royal College of Music Junior Department, the Royal Northern College of Music undergraduate and post-graduate wellbeing curriculum, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic 'Careers in the Music Industry' Study Day, BAPAM Healthy Practice training sessions, Musicians' Union 'well-being for musicians' activities and the Benedetti Foundation.
She has a Doctorate of Education from the University of Cambridge, and has had her research findings accepted for presentation at National, International and World Conferences (UK National Physiotherapy Conferences (2012, 2017 and 2019), International Society of Music Education World Conference (Baku, Azerbaijan, 2018), Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium (New Orleans, 2020).
NHS GP at the Museum Practice, London, where a number of performing arts professionals are among her patients. Only NHS patients registered at the practice can be seen here. Dr Chua has also worked at BAPAM as an Assessing Clinician advising performing arts professionals and students about all work/study-related problems.
Sidrah is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is regulated by the HCPC, with 20 years of experience in the NHS and private sector. Her company, Lily Arts & Wellbeing, specialises in incorporating the arts in psychological support. Sidrah has a special interest in including songs/music in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and offers therapy using a range of modalities in an integrative manner. This includes psychodynamic approaches which explore unconscious conflicts and interpersonal issues which may impact on relationships and attachment styles. Sidrah has a keen interest in working with artistes struggling with emotional difficulties including anxiety, low mood, self-image issues and perfectionism. She also provides clinical supervision and is a registered supervisor for the British Psychological Society's Register of Professional Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).
Clinical Psychotherapy and Music Therapy. Integrative, cognitive analytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music and worked as a performer for many years before training as a Music Therapist. Worked in the NHS for 20 years as head of Arts Therapies and Clinical Research Lead. Works with performers from all media. Stella has worked as a therapist with a very wide range of clients including people concerned about eating disorders, sexuality, bereavement, trauma, physical and sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, job loss, parents caring for with children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), as well as people with personality disorders and offenders in secure treatment settings. She practises at Guys Hospital, and privately in London Bridge and Crouch End.
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. She also consults on sexual health, gynaecology, pre-screening for cruise ship work, joint injuries, fatigue, hypermobility.
NHS GP and Medical Adviser to Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Felicity is an experienced active performing cellist and teacher with a deep understanding of how a player's body might accumulate problems and how these might be solved. She is a massage therapist and Pilates teacher with a particular interest in exercise for cellists and other creative practitioners.
Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist who has worked with hundreds of performers running the counselling service at one of the bigger London Colleges for the Performing Arts for several years, as well as working with many adult performers referred via BAPAM. Experienced in working with panic attacks, performance anxiety, generalised anxiety and low self-esteem but also a range of other psychological issues common to performers including perfectionism, confused identity, repressed emotions, distress due to physical injury and eating disorders. Offers discount to BAPAM referrals. Counselling rooms in Hove, Brighton and London (on request). Also offers online counselling. Please visit www.fionamacbeth.co.uk to see latest blogs.
Following graduation from Central School I spent many years working in TiE (Theatre in Education). I also worked in repertory theatre, TV, commercials and extensively as a voice-over artist. I continued to work in the profession until 2011 when I began training as a psychotherapist.
I have been working with actors, dancers, musicians, writers and artists, together with production staff and technical crew, for many years. I enjoy this work immensely and it has become a special interest of mine; identifying the common issues among artists and how I might best use my own experience of the profession and my experience of counselling and psychotherapy to assist them. I have developed this knowledge and experience over the years to include “Know-How” and “Wellbeing” workshops, the most recent of which being “Understanding and Managing Performance and Audition Anxiety”.
Over the years I have been presented with issues including self-confidence, procrastination, self-esteem, perfectionism, unemployment, issues around success and failure, writer’s block, performance and audition anxieties, phobias, criticism, managing injury, issues around ageing, career change and career development. However, in my experience, not all clients present with issues relating to their career.
I have particular experience in working with performance and audition anxiety, and anxiety, depression and panic attacks in general.
Provides physiotherapy, massage therapy and acupuncture. Specialist in dance medicine, musicians' musculoskeletal related injuries, and professional voice users with laryngeal tension and voice problems. Part of the team at PhysioEd, Wimpole Street.
Hannah Stoyel is a performance psychologist working with performers and athletes in London and online around the world. She has specific expertise in performance anxiety, building confidence, body image, self-esteem and disordered eating. She can provide support before auditions and major performances, and make a wide impact on overall mental wellbeing as well as mental preparation for performance.
Hannah uses an integrative approach with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Hannah has a background as an athlete and coach in competitive gymnastics and swimming and is also currently a PhD candidate at University College London (UCL), researching athletes and eating disorders.
Performing arts specialist physiotherapy, specialist vocal physiotherapy, acupuncture. Extensive experience helping all kinds of performing artists with musculoskeletal problems, at PhysioEd Medical, Wimpole Street.
Provides psychotherapy and TRE Trauma Release Exercises. Complex trauma specialist (PTSD). Amateur pianist. Has helped artists with assertiveness, self-esteem, childhood trauma, trauma body issues, performance anxiety, panic attacks and relationship issues. Based in Horwich, Bolton and also consults via Skype.
I am an Osteopath inspired by the voice and experienced helping professional voice users overcome issues related to misuse and injuries. As an Osteopath with nearly thirty years of experience, as well as being a trained opera singer, I have the skill, insight and understanding to help performing artists including singers, actors and dancers. I can help with voice problems including hoarseness, loss of vocal range, vocal fatigue and muscle tension dysphonia. I am experienced with shoulder issues as well as more typical issues such as back and neck pain, knee injuries, foot injuries, ACL injuries, mobility issues that osteopaths are trained to treat. I also have special interests in hypermobility and in hip impingement issues (cam and pincer) and have worked in facilitating diagnosis of labral tears and rehabilitating patients post operatively following hip arthroscopy intervention. Labral tears are often missed, especially in the hypermobile population, who may be more likely to experience impingement due to their increased range of movement, especially if they are dancers or acrobats and routinely flex their hip joints to the extreme.
Therapy for individuals, couples and groups.
I can help artists and performance professionals with concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, identity, relationship difficulties, job loss/redundancy, trauma, loss/bereavement, chronic illness, suicidal ideation, self-harm, eating disorder, many more.
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist seeing clients in a GP surgery and private practice. I've also worked previously as a life coach and a specialist mental health mentor supporting students in universities across London.
I see clients in private practice and I also work in a GP surgery and university counselling services. Alongside therapy, I'm a freelance writer and sub-editor for magazines and national press. I am attuned to the issues that creative and journalistic professions can bring up. I previously worked for Samaritans during the Men on The Ropes research campaign on male suicide – I have a great deal of empathy and knowledge in this area. I was also a Samaritans helpline listener for four years, supporting people with thoughts of suicide. I have since worked with Mind providing life coaching and emotional support to young adults in care and with ChildLine's schools service delivering assemblies and workshops to primary school children on abuse and neglect.
I routinely combine my counselling and journalistic work raising awareness of mental health in the national press, media, radio and podcasts. I created and host my own music & mental health podcast called Sound Affects, exploring mental health in the music industry.
Therapeutic approach: Gestalt, Humanistic.
Treats performance professionals and students including musicians actors and dancers at Agile Therapy, Cardiff. Has worked with ballet dancers. Helped musicians with wrist, forearm pain and strains.
Performing arts specialist physiotherapy, specialist vocal physiotherapy, acupuncture. Extensive experience helping performing artists of all different disciplines including many West End performers with musculoskeletal problems. Expert in muscular tension in professional voice users, injury prevention and treatment in dancers, posture and musicians' health operating in The Midlands with Franklin Physiotherapy Ltd.
Korina has taught Alexander Technique to many performing arts clients. Teaches at drama colleges including RADA, and works with musicians including Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. Worked with musicians such as pianists and violinists presenting with aches and pains, tension when using voices, and performance anxiety. Several practice locations in Hove and East Sussex.
Lauraine Leigh Klugman is an experienced Dramatherapist who works with performance professionals, students, theatre staff and dramatherapy groups. She trained in Dramatherapy in 1994 and gained an MA in Psychoanalytical Studies at The Tavistock in 2007. Her Dramatherapy and psychotherapy approach can help with difficulties including confidence, mental health diagnoses, low self esteem, family difficulties, learning difficulties, voice, movement, bullying, relationship difficulties, grief, bereavement, new parenting and isolation. She is very experienced working with children, teenagers and their parents, in schools, private practice and the NHS. She has personal experience as an Artistic Director and Drama teacher.
Logan Lefler is a specialist performing arts physiotherapist and the Clinic Manager at NEUROTOUR London. He is experienced providing physiotherapy support for Broadway, West End and touring productions and performers. He has worked with musical theatre performers, musicians on tour, ballet dancers, orchestral musicians and vocalists. Conditions treated include vocal strain, low back pain, disc herniation, sacroiliac dysfunction, joint impingement, neurological disorders, post-operation rehabilitation, ligament tears, strains, pains and tension. He has provided backstage physiotherapy care and worked on injury prevention measures, considering factors such as raked stages, heavy costumes, props, demanding choreography and vocal demands. He is a trained Mental Health First Aider.
Psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, EMDR. Expert in trauma and PTSD. Addiction, depression, eating disorders, anxiety. Stage nerves. Works with Music Support. Has worked with many artists and managers in the music industry + actors, DJs and producers. Has helped people with new found fame and being in the public eye. Previously worked in radio - marketing and events. Consults in Kensington and at the Priory, Roehampton, as well as online.
Lucie Rayner is a physiotherapist specialising in treating performing artists with a wide range of musculoskeletal problems. She has extensive experience in managing acute and chronic injuries in dancers, musicians and other performers from amateur to elite level.
Lucie initially completed a Sport Science degree and Post Graduate teaching qualification before gaining a first-class honours degree in Physiotherapy. She worked in the NHS, school and private sector before starting her own Physiotherapy clinic in 2012. She has been practicing the Pilates Method for over 15 years and gained her teaching qualification through The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). She has a special interest in hypermobility, injury prevention and health education.
In 2020, she completed an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL and carried out research with dancers related to hypermobility, dancer health screening and the assessment of spine range of movement. She currently works freelance in a variety of settings which includes supporting West End musical theatre performers. She recently became an assessing clinician for The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).
Chiropractor at Agile Therapy, Cardiff. Works with many professional and amateur musicians, dancers, actors presenting with pain and musculoskeletal problems.
Performing arts specialist physiotherapist and specialist vocal physiotherapist. Pilates teacher. Move Clinics, Acton Lane, London.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Person-centered counselling. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) used for trauma work. CBT for depression, Anxiety traps. self harm, suicide prevention. interventions for perfectionism. Phobias, eating disorders and performance anxiety. Works with many RNCM students, musicians, actors and dancers.
Physiotherapist at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Hannah is a psychotherapist specialising in EMDR. She has worked with a variety of creative practitioners working from violinists to singers and DJs, and can help with trauma, anxiety, depression, performance anxiety, bereavement etc. She also uses EMDR to support performance optimisation for those working in the arts, sport, business and science.
Specialist treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musicians' hand and upper limb injuries. Katherine's clinical experience has focused on plastic and orthopaedic surgery patients with hand and upper limb injuries, burns, and rheumatological conditions. She has lectured and published widely, established two hand therapy units, worked as a research therapist and is currently performing doctoral research in the area of Focal Hand Dystonia affecting musicians. Having completed her Associate Music Diploma in Flute performance in 1997, Katherine enjoys combining her love for music and knowledge of the hand and upper limb. She has invaluable insight into life and the related pressures of being a musician.
Linda Hutchison is a specialist Vocal Rehabilitation Coach and singing teacher working privately and as part of the pioneering NHS Multidisciplinary Voice Clinic team at Lewisham Hospital. Her coaching work with singers addresses pre and post-operative voice problems, muscle tension imbalance, breathing problems, related emotional and psychological issues. Linda was a professional singer for many years before taking up teaching so she possesses a wealth of practical knowledge of the profession.
Lisa specialises in treating performing artists such as dancers, choreographers, musicians, circus performers, singers, and actors, and has experience working with a wide variety of patients including elite athletes, youngsters and the elderly. Her expertise includes post-operation rehabilitation, overuse injuries, traumatic injuries, advice regarding posture and overuse, environmental effects on pain - stool type/height, music stands, props etc, adapting practice schedule, return to play/performing rehabilitation specific for dancers, musicians and circus performers.
Lisa has experience working with American Ballet Theatre, and Alvin Ailey Dance Company in New York City. She was a dancer for 15 years and has played 7 different instruments throughout her life. She was also the first American to be accepted and to complete the MSc Performing Arts Medicine course at University College London in 2017.
Psychosynthesis Counsellor with a background as an actor and drama teacher as well as working with the Samaritans. Lois works with clients to address problems including performance/audition anxiety, family issues, drug and alcohol use, sexual abuse, suicidal thinking, bereavement, anxiety, loss, depression, relationship issues, loss of purpose, sexuality, childhood trauma. 'I believe my careers before becoming a psychotherapeutic counsellor give me added insight into the challenges faced by individuals in the performing arts industries. These can often feel overwhelming, leaving people questioning the purpose and meaning of their professional identity given the stresses of rejection and often financial instability'. Consultations at the Psychosynthesis Trust, London SE1, or online.
Performing arts specialist physiotherapist, experienced treating dancers, actors, singers and musicians. Dance-specific exercise programmes. Clinics at PhysioEd, Belsize Park and BAPAM.
Sophie is a Specialist Performing Arts and Sport Physiotherapist, who has been providing Physio management to film, production and the performing arts since 2013. She has worked with professional performers based in the West End (inc. War Horse, Matilda, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Wicked and Billy Elliot), on Tour with Dirty Dancing and The Lion King, and for Strictly Come Dancing, the TV series. She spent 2 months at the beginning of 2017 in Austria with channel 4's 'The Jump'. Before this she worked alongside Saracens Academy RFC, and set up a Physiotherapy practice up in the 'Portes Du Soleil, Switzerland' where she worked during the winter season, with skiers/snowboarders. In private practice, Sophie can be found working at The Centre of Health and Human Performance on Harley Street, London. She also lectures at University College London (UCL) on the MSc programme in Performing Arts Medicine.
Sport Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Pre/post event management, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Relaxation Massage. Postural issues, pain, weakness, RSI, stiffness, physical and mental fatigue, neural issues e.g. nerve impingements. Works onsite with RLPO players providing postural and exercise advice.
Experienced treating musicians referred via the BMI Hendon Hosiptal Musicians' Clinic. Has also worked with actors and dancers. Treats conditions including work related upper limb disorders, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingements, scapula dyskinesia, cervical radiculopathies, lumbar radiculopathies, low back pain, lower limb muscular strains and tears, tendinopathies, postural, biomechanical dysfunction and Bells Palsy. Based at BMI Hendon and Syon Hospitals. Can see NHS Choose and Book patients at Hendon if they are referred by Mr Mark Phillips from the Hendon musicians clinic. Home and workplace visits also possible. Contact via email or BMI Hospitals.
Specialist in performance psychology, coaching and careers work. Over thirty years experience specialising in performers, particularly musicians. Performance Psychologist at BIMM International Popular Music Academy, Career Coach to Dancers Career Development for 15 years. Has published extensively on performance psychology, latest being 'Secrets of Performing Confidence' (2013, Bloomsbury). All the typical issues of performers are covered in sessions - creativity, career enhancement, managing performance anxiety, peak performance, auditioning, practice and rehearsal strategies, motivation, stress, burnout, confidence, perfectionism.
An instrumental teacher/Alexander Technique teacher and fitter of adjustable chin rests and collar bone rests. Former professional violinist who played for LSO, Bath Festival Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, BBC and ITV.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling. A former professional musician. Has helped actors, dancers and musicians with issues including anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationships and family problems, sexuality, bereavement.
Lead clinician at Metro Physio in Salford. Works with many performers at the highest level - musicians, dancers, actors and athletes, as well as many Royal Northern College of Music students.
Charles Ward is a former professional session singer who trained as a Massage Therapist who continues to be a keen songwriter, guitarist and singer. He has a special interest in working with voice users including singers, actors and public speakers. He has been treating high profile singers since 2014 and has treated artists on tour at music venues around the UK. Charles provides vocal massage and Laryngeal Manual Therapy (LMT), and has helped many performers with problems including vocal fatigue, muscle tension dysphonia, physical symptoms of stress and anxiety, poor breathing and technique, as well as general maintenance and injury prevention. Charles has published articles for the Voice Council and presented for various Music Colleges and Universities, as well as for The British Voice Association in relation to LMT. He understands the importance of vocal health, how precious and essential the voice is, and the impact that it can have when things go wrong. Charles is also expert at diagnosing and treating sports and musculoskeletal injuries and is a keen cyclist.
Chris Blackburne works with many performing artists including professional dancers and acrobat/trapeze artists treating biomechanical pain and injury. He is based at Chelsea Pharmacy Medical Clinic, London SW3 3DH.
"Over the last 10 years I’ve specialised in pain, injuries and dysfunction in the body’s Musculoskeletal System: bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue.
My passionate continuous research focuses on in-depth understanding of the context and causes of the injury or chronic disease in my field of expertise.
Through my personal 20 years of practicing Martial Arts (Wing Chun Kung Fu) and years of working with popular dance companies, ballets, circus and professional sports people - I understood that physical pain and discomfort is never that simple if the goal is to bring musculoskeletal system back to full working capacity.
Classic medical diagnostics strengthened by a functional medicine approach gives forward thinking osteopaths now great tools to identify both intrinsic causes and factors of the health problem, whether they are physical, environmental, psychological or nutritional.
Only working closely and attentively together with the patient, we may ensure highly tailored treatment programs, its successful implementation and long lasting results."
Mr Conor Boland is an experienced audiologist who helps musicians and performers with hearing loss and tinnitus. Conor also runs a record label and plays guitar and has a thorough understanding of performance professionals' hearing needs. Can provide hearing tests, in ear monitors, tinnitus therapy, earwax removal and advice on hearing protection and hearing aids.
Rehabilitation specialist voice coach with extensive expertise in working with singers and professional voice users - Vocal rehabilitation, muscle tension dysphonia, vocal fold lesions, psychogenic voice disorders. Consultations available in London, Manchester and Online.
Dane Chalfin is one of the West End and British Recording Industry’s leading vocal coaches. He is also a Vocal Rehabilitation Coach (Clinical Singing Voice Specialist) working in Singer-Specialist ENT Clinics. Clients include major recording artists and West End productions. His private practice consists of around 70% vocal rehabilitation for performers with voice trouble and 30% high-profile performers who want regular coaching to stay in peak performance condition. Dane routinely works with pop/rock/theatre singers, radio/tv broadcasters, presenters, transgender performers, and other vocal coaches/singing teachers who want to upskill.
Counselling and psychotherapy with an integrative approach using person-centered, gestalt, CBT and transactional analysis models. Works with creative professionals with problems associated with low self esteem and low self worth, personality disorders, drug and alcohol addiction (works as a volunteer counsellor with Addaction, the substance misuse agency. Worked for 30+ years work as recording engineer and record producer. Private consultations in Penzance and Truro.
Osteopathy, including Cranial Osteopathy, for athletes and performers. Based at Calmer Clinics, Dolphin Square where phlebotomy, X-Ray and imaging facilities are available.
Physiotherapist who works with dancers, musicians and performing artists including students from RWCMD and Cardiff University.
Mr Declan Costello is a highly experienced consultant laryngologist with extensive expertise in treating all aspects of voice disorders and hoarseness from vocal cord nodules and cysts to polyps, papilloma, vocal cord paralysis and spasmodic dysphonia. As a singer himself, he has a particular interest in treating voice disorders in performers. He is also one of the leading exponents of local anaesthetic laryngeal procedures, which can be particularly beneficial for patients with vocal fold paralysis. He regularly runs workshops for singers and performers on voice health and anatomy. NHS Voice Clinic in Slough at Wexham Park Hospital. Private appointments at King Edward VII's Hospital, London.
Martial artist, pianist, french horn and guitar player. Works with performers - musicians, actors, dancers, singers - presenting with musculoskeletal pains linked to performance activities. Has a grounding in posture and biomechanics, pain physiology and stress.
Highly experienced performing arts and voice specialist physiotherapist working with singers with voice-related muscle problems, dancers and others in performing arts. Lead clinician at Physio Ed Medical.
Gary has been working therapeutically with people in the Performing Arts industry since 2009, providing Person Centred Counselling, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Mental Health Mentoring. He works with a wide range of issues including abuse, depression, stress, trauma, bereavement, anxiety, confidence and self-worth. He has worked closely with performers in developing and delivering workshops on Performance Anxiety and has experience of working within Staff Support roles in the NHS and The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Gary works in private counselling rooms in Liverpool city centre. L1 Area.
Psychotherapist, performance coaching and hypnotherapist. As well as being a fully trained CBT therapist I am also a professional musician and I understand many of the pressures facing musicians and performers. Having originally trained as a musician I studied a Masters Degree in psychology for musicians and I decided to become a therapist myself. I became a performance coach at Trinity College of Music and regularly treat musicians, singers and actors from many areas of the industry including London Orchestras and West end Musicals.
Provides psychological support to performers across numerous domains including music, sport, drama, dance and business. Has worked with many professional and student musicians through the Incorporated Society of Musicians as well as Healthy Conservatoires. Expertise in psychology of optimal performance, overcoming performance anxiety, mental health and wellbeing.
Greg has worked on developing many top musicians psychological approach to performance and frequently runs workshops with the Incorporated Society of Musicians, across the UK for musicians seeking to enhance their own performance levels and cope with the high demands of a career in music. Greg, in collaboration with his wife (Dr Ally Daubney) also runs numerous workshops for music teachers to help them effectively handle their students' music performance anxiety.
In conjunction with his wife, Greg has published two books centred on effective psychological approaches to performance management. The first is a practical resource for music teachers to provide them with strategies to help their students handle music performance anxiety and is entitled Performance Anxiety: A Practical Guide for Music Teachers. The second is a hands on psychological approach to optimising music performance for developing and professional musicians.
Physiotherapy and acupuncture service at Edgbaston Physiotherapy Clinic. Isaak is also a semi-professional musician (bass guitarist). Sees musicians and dancers regularly.
Experienced physiotherapist working with patients including dancers, musical theatre performers, musicians, singers, conductors and theatre technicians. Can help with technical playing glitches, postural asymmetry and instability, nerve mobility problems, hypermobility and instability problems, headaches and musculoskeletal disorders associated with overuse/repetitive movements.
Consultant Laryngologist. Experienced NHS and private clinician. Worked with mainly professional voice users e.g musical theatre, opera, presenting with hoarseness and voice disorders. NHS Voice Clinic at The Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals. Private consultations available via www.londonvoicedoctor.co.uk
ENT surgeon with special interest in voice and throat disorders. Runs an annual Nottingham Voice Day/Stroboscopy course and lectures on courses, national and international meetings on voice disorders. NHS Voice Clinic at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. Voice disorders; Laryngeal disorders; Throat disorders; Head and neck surgery (ENT); Thyroid lumps; Thyroid surgery; Parotid surgery; Neck lumps.
Has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2000 and seen many hundreds of performers, helping with injury prevention, safe lifting and handling on stage, raked stages, exercise, warm up, musculoskeletal problems.
Lazarus trained as a classical dancer before becoming an Osteopath in 1997, and is very experienced working with dancers and all performance professionals. Can help with dance technique advice from an anatomical point of view to rehabilitation. Discussion and planning on performance optimization strategies. Lecturer at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. Completed the UCL Masters in Performing Arts Medicine. Practices at Shades Clinic, Ealing is a BAPAM Assessing Clinician at our London clinic.
Former West End dancer and Osteopath.
Hand and Upper Limb Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in musicians and other performing artists. Expert with hand, wrist and upper limb conditions including pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, stiffness of joints, focal dystonia, joint instability, arthritis, Dupuytren's contracture and fractures. Holistic approach and a low conversion rate to surgery. Plays trumpet and guitar. Private and NHS Choose and Book appointments are available. BMI Healthcare at Hendon, where he runs the Adult Musicians Upper Limb Clinic, and Blackheath. London Sports Orthopaedics at 31 Old Broad Street. BAPAM Clinic, London. Free appointments also available at BAPAM, London.
Physiotherapist with experience working with musicians and dancers in Northern Ireland, including string and woodwind artists of the Ulster Orchestra/Youth Orchestra and members of Down and Connor folk group. Sees many touring casts when in Belfast - dancers and musicians.
Hypnotherapy, stress management and CBT based psychotherapy provided both face to face and online (for instance for musicians on tour). Martyn is a former professional rock musician with considerable experience working with creative practitioners.
Performance specialist and UCL Performing Arts Medicine MSc graduate. Has X-ray facilities. Very experienced treating top level singers, instrumentalists and dancers. Aware of the ergonomic and musculoskeletal conditions arising from playing and carrying instruments. Treats dancers from the Royal Academy of Dance, Royal Ballet and Northern Ballet. Registered with International Pelvic Pain Society. Specialist listing with coccyx.org
Osteopath and Pilates Rehabilitation Instructor. Clinician at BAPAM and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Very experienced treating singers, musicians, actors and dancers. Expertise includes movement, jaw issues, neck and laryngeal tension affecting singers, exercise, injury prevention and rehabilitation. Private practice at Hermes Health, Chiswell Street, London.
Nikos Reissis is an Orthopaedic Consultant who advises on performance-related musculoskeletal problems, particularly upper and lower limb, and spinal problems. He is Honorary Associate Professor at University College London (UCL) and lectures on the UCL Performing Arts Medicine MSc programme. He has worked with artists including dancers, actors, musicians, gymnasts. Holds a free online BAPAM clinic monthly (contact us directly for appointments), and also provides private Musculoskeletal and Performing Arts Medicine assessments at the Blackberry Clinics, both online and face to face. Blackberry Clinics can be contacted at 01908 604666 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrice is a former professional French horn player with much experience in the field of music, all instrumentalists/instrument groups, and singers with musculoskeletal/posture disorders. Published research into treatment of focal dystonia. Clinics at Scottish Opera Production Studios and Torrance Dental Practice.
Expertise in hearing instrument technology and audiological rehabilitation. Registered ear care practitioner and registered hearing aid dispenser. Lead clinician at Musicians Hearing Services/Harley Street Hearing. Very experienced helping musicians, singers and performance professionals with hearing loss and tinnitus.
Paul initially trained as a professional violinist, traveling and performing extensively in the UK and abroad. In 1999 he decided to re-train as a massage therapist. This keen interest in the human body led to continued studies and in 2005 Paul graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) with a BSc in Osteopathic and Naturopathic Medicine. Paul has since trained in Cranial Osteopathy, modern acupuncture (also known as dry needling), ultrasound therapy, ergonomics and orthotic prescription. Pauls special interest is posture and ergonomics. He worked as osteopath with the LPO and ENO.
Sport & Performance Psychologist and coach with extensive experience helping creative practitioners with problems including depression, anxiety, performance trauma, addiction, eating disorders, burnout, injury, self-harm, bullying, PTSD, relationship breakdown. Practises in Bristol and also provides online sessions.
Royal Opera House Occupational Health Adviser. Works with performers from all fields. Pilates, osteopathy and acupuncture. No appointments are currently available privately.
Richard Lewis is a very experienced therapist who has worked with a great many performance professionals including musicians and dancers, and students and professional staff at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he began the counselling service. He is experienced working with people of all ages and can help with a wide range of problems relating to, for example, performance anxiety, drugs, relationships, sexuality, alcohol, trauma, adoption, self-esteem, aging, severe mental health challenges, losing one's performing ability.
Richmond Stace is a Specialist Pain Physiotherapist who works with performance professionals and others who are struggling to overcome persistent and chronic pain and movement problems or disorders. He is experienced working with multidisciplinary colleagues to address complex physical and psychological support needs. His approach combines coaching and clinical care to support clients through a pain management programme tailored to their needs. Richmond's practice is most relevant to people who:
- have had pain and problems for a long time
- have seen many doctors and therapists
- can’t live the life that they want - home, work, play
- have pain that they don’t understand
- are not getting better
- have pain that won’t go away
- are scared of their pain
- feel stuck and miserable
His aim is to help people:
- understand their pain
- know how to get better
- focus on the ways of overcoming pain
- learn the skills of well-being
- perform in life - at home, at work, at play
- get better and live meaningfully
Richmond is a Chartered Physiotherapist and registered with the HCPC. Originally training as a Registered General Nurse (Brighton University) in the early 90’s, he developed an interest in pain whilst observing the varying responses in recovery after operations. He continued to train as a physiotherapist (Kings College London), and has a further degree in Sport Rehabilitation (University of Surrey) and a Masters Degree in Pain Science (Kings College London).
Has worked with a variety of creative practitioners including film directors, painters, musicians and dancers, who have presented with depression, eating disorders, anger issues, relationship issues and performance anxiety. Also works with companies advising on employees' stress. Based in both Glasgow and London.
Works with creative professionals experiencing problems including depression and trauma. Provides Person Centred Counselling, Solution-focused brief therapy, Mindfulness and Life Coaching in Liverpool L7.
Sudhir Daya has treated thousands of athletes, performing artists and office warriors, enabling them to get back to doing the activities that give meaning to their lives. Sudhir believes in a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to health, and his training and practice reflect this belief. After graduating with distinction as a chartered physiotherapist (MCSP), Sudhir turned to acupuncture and ergonomics. Sudhir is a believer in the re-education of healthy movement patterns.
“Clients ask me to fix their bodies – in most cases, their bodies are in fine working order, but they’re not using their bodies correctly. I tell them to think of their body as their car. They don’t need a mechanic, they need driving lessons.” – Sudhir Daya
Sudhir also teaches yoga and Pilates and in his spare time, trains in circus arts (flying trapeze, silks, rope, static trapeze), gymnastics (trampolining, tumbling, handstands) and dance (South Asian dance, ballet, contemporary).
Unlike many health professionals who tell their clients to stop doing the activity that injured them, Sudhir empathises with what his the clients are going through and helps them set goals that are realistic and functional to their activities.
Shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist surgeon (trauma and orthopaedics) with a strong interest in treating professional musicians and performance artists. Consults on problems including arthritis, ganglion, Dupuytren's disease, contractures, wrist instability, nerve entrapment, carpal tunnel syndrome, numbness and weakness, posture-related muscular problems, fractures, tendonitis, joint and ligament injuries. Can see both NHS and private patients. Sunil's NHS practice is based at the York District and Bridlington Hospitals. He consults privately at the Nuffield Hospital and Clifton Park Hospital in York.
Toby was a professional ballet dancer, working with The Israel Ballet for several years, and subsequently completing two world tours with Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. He has had his fair share of injuries and was always interested in treatment and rehab. In 2008, he decided to switch careers, training at the British School of Osteopathy (now the University College of Osteopathy), from where he graduated in 2014 with distinction. He has also completed his sports massage training at the London School of Sports Massage. Sees dancers and musicians with problems including muscular and joint pain, back pain, headaches. Clinic locations at OpenHealth Clinic, Ascot, and The Abbey Clinic, Bisham Abbey, Marlow.
Psychotherapist with extensive music industry experience as a recording artist, producer and composer, as well as in artist management and A&R. Working with creative practitioners throughout the arts, he has helped people overcome problems including anxiety, depression, stress, abuse, addiction, PTSD, eating disorders, body image, coping with injury, self-harm, relationship difficulties, family issues, sexuality issues. More specifically performance-related problems include those relating to confidence, stage fright, avoidance, career dilemmas, motivation, retirement, self-esteem and writers block. Has specific experience working with young people starting their careers, gained as a behavioural therapist at the Brit School and counsellor at Performers College for the Performing Arts. Practises in London and Kent.
Will Roberts is an integrative Arts Psychotherapist and musician working with individuals and groups, helping address problems including depression and anxiety (often related to precarious gig-economy work), social anxiety, performance anxiety, loss of confidence and personality disorders. He is also experienced working with recovering alcoholics, addicts and vulnerable patients.
'My background as a professional musician working in many areas has helped me to develop a particular affinity for and understanding of the mental health issues that are common in the field. I am aware of the strain and pressure that working in the arts can have on individual's mental health'.
Zoltan Zavody is a musician and martial artist who understands the range of injuries, impediments to joyful play(ing), and pain that can result from soft tissue conditions and muscular imbalances. He specialises in helping performers with pain and tension release, injury rehabilitation, pre- and post-performance MOT, and structural alignment. Zoltan sees clients in Central and South-East London – Monument, Rotherhithe, Canada Water and Clapham.
"I'm a fully qualified, professional Clinical Massage Therapist. I am a member of the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage (ISRM), the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), and the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).
I treat muscles, tendons, ligaments, and the connective tissue that binds these all together. Treatment may be to address a specific pain or injury; an area of tightness or inflexibility; or a more structural issue of constriction or misalignment. It may also be in preparation for an event or performance, for example to ensure that muscles are all working smoothly; or after such an event, quickly to flush out waste products and relax stressed muscles, for rapid recovery.
Through an understanding of the daily reality of trying to train and perform with pain or injury, I can support you with a realistic rehabilitation programme to return you to performing at your best.
I believe in continuity of professional healthcare. So we will not just give you a massage and send you on your way "hoping it worked". First we will look at the cause of any muscular or structural imbalance, and afterwards we will develop a potential rehabilitation programme that may involve exercises, stretching, or just subtly different ways of moving. I will support you with any rehabilitation work in between sessions. And where massage alone is not enough, we will discuss other treatments you might usefully explore."
Amy has an avid interest in how presbyopia (the normal loss of near focusing ability that occurs with age) affects a musician's ability to play and perform. Musicians have a wide range of eyesight needs e.g. they may need to see the top of the guitar neck to the sound hole, their set list, fellow players, a conductor, audience. Different focal lengths are assessed and a suitable prescription provided. Amy also advises clients with contrast Sensitivity, macula degeneration and has a special interest in the perceptual processing disorder, Meares-Irlen Syndrome.
Vocal Rehabilitation Coach, Speech and Language Therapist and singing teacher with expertise in clinical voice disorders, singing voice rehabilitation, muscle tension dysphonia, vocal fold nodules, cysts, singing rehabilitation post-head and neck cancer, anxiety and stress-related problems. Has worked with performers as teacher, VRC and SLT for whole career,both in NHS and her own practice. VRC at South Manchester NHS Voice Clinic.
Experienced helping creative professionals and students with all psychological issues related to a professional music career. Psychological preparation for performance, voice-related issues. Worked as counsellor with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and also works with many music students.
Professional experience singing and working in the arts for over 10 years. Clinical experience in the NHS and working with performing artists working with issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Panic attacks, Performance anxiety, Addiction, Fame and celebrity, Body image, Trauma, Relationships, Burnout, Self esteem, Creative blocks, Worthlessness, Isolation, Rejection, Anger, Loss and grief, Control issues, Abuse, Trust issues, Pregnancy, Family problems, Sexuality, Existential issues. Works from a therapeutic space in Muswell Hill, London N10, and offers telephone and Skype counselling.
Director of Alexander Technique and Teacher at the Royal Academy of Music since 1981, who also teaches at various locations around North London, including the Laboratory Spa in Muswell Hill.
Psychotherapy, counselling and skills coaching. Existential approach. Where appropriate, clients can access the Stimmung Therapy Programme, delivered together with Miranda Jackson, who is also a BAPAM Registered therapist. Initial assessment is followed by a combination of trauma/existential/autogenic work, and skills coaching and behaviour therapy for breaking old habits and creating new ones. Helen worked for 17 years in the commercial music industry as a performer, music producer & manager before going on to set up a psychotherapeutic service for performers, Stimmung Therapy, based in Piccadilly.
Provides massage therapy including Sports Massage for musicians and pregnancy massage. Based in Thornton Heath but can also arrange consultations in Norfolk (Sea Palling NR12 0UN).
Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery. Laryngoscopy examination of vocal cords. Hearing tests. Sees many professional voice users at the Harley Street Clinic. NHS Consultant at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. Performers please contact via BAPAM.
Worked with dancers since 2002. Works at Trinity LABAN as head physiotherapist. Core stability, muscle imbalance, spine, sacroiliac joint, knees. Private Practice in Wimbledon.
Deep tissue massage, neuromuscular techniques, myofascial release, relaxation. Stretching, body maintenance, posture. Pre and post-performance massage and stretching. Musculoskeletal dysfunction, muscle imbalance, tension, weakness or tightness. Rehabilitating tendinopathies and repetitive strain injuries, assessing the ergonomics of playing a musical instrument. Graded Motor Imagery, Mirror therapy for Focal Dystonia. Plays clarinet and bassoon. Based in Cuffley, Hertfordshire.
Maria Radoje is an experienced Music therapist with a special interest in Guided Imagery and Music, a type of music psychotherapy that uncovers unconscious processes, which she uses in working with performers by exploring the person's relationship with their instrument or chosen medium of expression, encouraging relaxation skills, and challenging unhealthy thought processes. Maria has experience working with trauma, depression and anxiety, and people experiencing acute phases of mental illness, as well as in the recovery phase. She also has expertise in working with people with dementia and those with physical disabilities, and has helped clients manage alcohol misuse, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and trauma. She trained in music performance at the Royal Academy of Music (cello) and has worked as a freelance musician, teacher (currently at The Academy of Contemporary Music) and composer. She has more than 20 years' experience as a professional music therapist working in mental health settings and with people with learning disabilities and dementia. Sessions are available in London and online.
Freelance Voice Coach and Singing Teacher with specialist skills in Vocal Health, Vocal Rehabilitation and Performance Anxiety. Pippa is the Vocal Rehabilitation Coach at the NHS Freeman Hospital Voice Clinic in Newcastle.
Has a background in movement and dance. Has also done a lot of work with dressage riders. Can help with muscle balance, posture, movement, self-awareness to help prevent tension, aches and pains, and injury.
Sarah is an Occupational Psychologist with twenty years of experience in Occupational Health, providing psychological support for staff and teams in the NHS, Social Care, Local Government, Education, Industry, and the Performing Arts. Sarah’s earlier career as a Professional Musician enabled her to develop experience and insight into the challenges, pressures and demands facing the musician from training to professional life in music performance.
Sarah is a BAPAM assessing clinician in Cardiff and has a private practice in West Wales. She combines her experience and expertise across her two careers to provide a specialist service for musicians and performers. As a practitioner she uses a Cognitive-Behavioural and integrative approach, drawn from a psychological-biological-social understanding of human behaviour and emotional needs. Focusing on the unique needs and resources of the individual, Sarah works collaboratively with clients to develop understanding, guide skill acquisition, strengthen coping abilities, and nurture resilience. Sarah’s areas of expertise include:
- Performance Anxiety Management
- Performance Coaching
- Perfectionism and OCD
- Occupational and workplace Stress
- Stress and Trauma
- Self Identity and Loss
- Self-Belief, Self Esteem and Confidence
- Relationship trauma, and bullying
- Career change, transition and retirement
- Burnout, Rehabilitation and return to work
- Organisational Stress Risk Assessment
Counsellor, Psychodynamic with expertise in counselling musicians over a wide range of issues e.g. marital or work-related stress, harassment, redundancy.
Former professional opera singer providing individuals and couples therapy using integrative, person-centered, psychodynamic, CBT and mindfulness approaches. Helps creative practitioners overcome anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, grief, bereavement, depression, self-esteem problems. Special interest in voice trauma. She is an Accredited Counsellor for The Foundation for Infant Loss.
Alison Judah is a consultant osteopath who practices in Hammersmith, West London and in Hove East Sussex. She qualified in 1992 from the London School of Osteopathy with a Diploma in Osteopathic Medicine and then from Kingston University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Osteopathy. She undertook a Post-Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Osteopath at the Osteopathic Centre for Children. Alison has undertaken further training in the specialist area of caring for performing artists including the voice.
SPECIALIST OSTEOPATH TO THE PERFORMING ARTS
Alison helps many musicians by diagnosing the cause of their injuries, assessing them with their instrument rehabilitating them back to fitness and advising on furture injury prevention. Where it is possible musicians should bring their instrument with them to the appointment. Ergonomic assessments can also be carried out in a performance space. Musicians have busy schedules and she can arrange private MRI scans and xrays where necessary so as to get a diagnosis quickly and get them back to performing as soon as possible.
OSTEOPATHY FOR THE VOICE
Singers, Actors, Teachers and other Professional Voice Users
Performers need their voice to be agile, the delicate muscles surrounding the vocal cords need to be balanced as do the muscles of breathing. The voice can also be affected by other mechanical strains in the body. Alison will do a full assessment to establish the cause. If it is due to a mechanical strain then osteopathic treatment can help or osteopathy can help with rehabilitation back to fitness after other treatment is necessary such as surgery. Alison works with both Professional and Amateur Singers and Actors to help them carry on working without injury. She has undertaken specialist training in Laryngeal Manipulation and Performing Arts Medicine. With a busy schedule and often a stressful environment teachers and public speakers often aren't aware that they are straining the voice and body and teachers in particular often end up damaging the voice.
Symptoms of Voice Problems May Include:
Tightness in throat
Voice cutting out at points
Restriction in chest
Back or neck pain
Alteration in quality of voice
It is of course always important to check that voice problems are not due to a more pathological cause for which further medical investigations may be necessary. Alison always carries out a full examination and will assess your condition if you need further examinations or medical tests she will refer you to the most appropriate specialist.
Actors often have to wear heavy costumes, work in awkward poses and carry heavy props all this can cause strain. Alison can help with treating the cause of the injury and with advising on injury prevention.
CAMERA OPERATORS AND OTHER PRODUCTION TECHNICIANS
The use of cameras can cause strain to the neck and back leading to nerve impingement, pain and tingling in the shoulders, arms and hands. Any symptoms experienced should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent long term damage.
CLINICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL
Alison has been working in private practice for over 25 years. She has also worked with GPs in Sussex and London and worked as a Paediatric Osteopath at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London seeing very complex cases. The experience she has gained allows her to diagnose and treat extremely complex problems and Alison is often referred cases where people have previously seen many health professionals. She has clinical experience in treating the specific needs of performing artists and the specialist area of voice problems. Alison also advises companies and organisations on injury prevention and carries out clinical ergonomic assessments in many different environments.
Consultations for Advice on Posture and Injury Prevention
Understanding of the needs of Performing Artists
Advice/ Treatment for professional and Amateur Performers
Treatment for singers with muscular / joint strain affecting the voice
Specialist Laryngeal Manipulation for voice problems
Speedy referrals for MRI scans and xrays where necessary
Integrative Therapist using perspectives from Psychodynamic, Person Centered, Gestalt, Existential and CBT. Adapts aspects of each to suit individuals, sometimes working almost exclusively with one approach. Former professional classical/opera singer. Works with individuals and couples, helping with problems including those related to sexuality, childhood abuse and trauma, complex PTSD, disordered eating, addictive, dependent or compulsive behaviour (including clients working the Twelve-Step Programme), insomnia, work and performance-related anxiety, gender identity. Her practice covers Bath, Bristol and surrounding areas.
Alexander Technique and cello teacher, former professional cellist.
Humanistic, integrative counselling and psychotherapy. Experienced working with singers, actors and musicians. Ann was a concert/opera singer from 1971-1990.
Jaw (temporomandibular joint), head and neck and vestibular specialist with experience in the management of all musculoskeletal upper and lower limb and spinal conditions in adults and children. Experience with treating musicians and singers from the RNCM and professionals around the North West. Uses manual therapy, acupuncture, personal exercise programmes. Violinist and pianist and plays in several orchestras and chamber groups in the Manchester area. Romiley Physio, Stockport
Musculoskeletal physiotherapist who has worked with musicians, singers, dancers, teachers and performers in an NHS and private capacity. Claire's interest in the performing arts stems from her own professional background in dance and musical theatre. She has experienced firsthand the physical and mental challenges, with performance experience including touring and intensive scheduling. She is based at Brookwood Physiotherapy & Pilates Clinic, and Swords Plaza Physiotherapy, Dublin.
Counselling and psychotherapy with an integrative approach. Counsellor and specialist psychotherapist at the Royal Academy of Music. Can help with problems relating to bereavement, depression, employment difficulties, health-related worries, women's health, pain management, identity problems, relationships, sexual identity, performance anxiety.
Many years experience working with musicians at her Penzance Physiotherapy and Pilates Clinic. Her specialist areas include: Musculoskeletal conditions, Musicians' injuries and Performing Arts Injuries, Post cancer surgery rehabilitation, Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, Postural dysfunctions, Women's Health, Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy.
Trained as a professional dancer. Student Health Adviser and Physiotherapist for Guildhall School of Music and Drama. BAPAM physiotherapy clinic in London.
Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy experienced working with performers and creative practitioners.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy as well as Jungian analysis. Erika is also a professional violinist with many years experience as a solo performer, orchestral player and teacher. She sees clients in London Bridge, Central London and Golders Green.
Therapeutic approach: Existential Analysis, Integrative Psychotherapy
Areas of interest: Anxiety, cancer, depression, chronic illness, relationship problems, depression, identity issues, loss and bereavement, mindful relaxation, performance anxiety, panic attacks, personal development, occupational stress, performance-related symptoms, trauma, terminal illness, stress.
Giovanna is an Integrative and Existential Analytic Psychotherapist with experience of working with performing artists. She is also trained in Autogenic Training and Hypnotherapy, Workplace Mediation and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Her clinical work includes counselling and psychotherapy with adults, children, and young people presenting with different psychological distress, in community and NHS settings (including Psycho-Oncology, Paediatric Psychology, Health Psychology/Haematology, Pain management, and Occupational Health clinics). She has additional experience in the facilitation of mediation, psychological debriefing, and stress management training for NHS staff. Giovanna has been involved in teaching as a Guest lecturer for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL.
Giovanna is a classically trained harpist. She completed studies in Music Performance and Applied Theatre and has worked for over two decades as a performer in the field of classical music. Her private practice is in West London.
Hidemi is a professional soprano singer and harpsichord player and experienced Alexander Technique teacher working with instrumentalists, singers, actors and dancers. Since 1996 has taught professional and student performers, privately and at institutions in both the UK and Japan. Teaches at various locations including Pimlico Centre for the Alexander Technique, and the Haelan Centre in Crouch End. She also practices in London N4.
Alexander Technique for performers and instrumentalists. Trained at Royal Ballet School; professional dancer 10 years. BA Psychology. Qualified as Alexander teacher in 1982. Has taught musicians and performers both privately and in colleges. Online lessons available. Teaches in Harringay London N4. Visiting teacher at LCATT teacher training course.
Considerable experience treating musicians in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and dancers in numerous shows performing at Liverpool Empire.
Professional performer and ex Director of Music at various schools and colleges around the South West. Alexander Technique lessons and workshops for creative practitioners including musicians and actors. Works in Liskeard, South Brent and Lostwithiel, Cornwall.
Osteopathy, Pilates and Sports Massage practitioner with a particular interest in postural and ergonomic factors that affect the way in which the human spine works, especially in the context of dance and the performance arts. Jenefer has a background in dance and movement, plays piano and sings. She has treated instrumentalists, singers, actors and dancers (ballet, contemporary and musical theatre) and is based at Shoreham Osteopathy Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea. Please ask for Jenefer as this is a group practice.
Holistic Massage Therapist with professional experience as a stage manager and arts administrator. Has worked with actors, comedians, dancers, musicians, singers, stage managers, props makers and wardrobe personnel. Helps with conditions including carpal tunnel, RSI, muscle fatigue, frozen shoulder, arthritis, postural issues, back pain, sciatica, joint problems, knee & hip issues, stress, anxiety, insomnia, pregnancy. Jennie is also a meditation practitioner and works holistically to 'help reduce stress levels, generate both physical and mental balance and enable you to lead a relaxed and more productive life'.
Helps performance professionals manage sports and performance injuries at several practice locations in the City of London.
Taught Alexander Technique at LIPA and currently teaches at the University of York. Helps with aspects of physical well-being including: Poise, confidence, Awareness of habits that create stresses and strains, Learning to work ergonomically and prevent back pain, neck pain, headaches and repetitive strain injury, Learning to use breath to notice and regulate responses to stress, Managing pregnancy and labour with minimum pain, Getting back to balance and fitness post injury or operation. Julie is also teaches mental health and emotional intelligence skills, including mindfulness and breathing techniques. Face to face, telephone, video conferencing and email coaching. Several practice locations in York and Cumbria.
A specialist Osteopath and graduate of UCL's Performing Arts Medicine MSc programme, Karolin has extensive experience working with creative professionals including circus artists, dancers and musicians.
Louise is a specialist musculoskeletal, sports and performing arts physiotherapist. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Keele University in 2004 and furthered her professional development by completing an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London where she was awarded a distinction in 2015.
She holds a clinic at BAPAM and at her own practice, Rejuven8 Physiotherapy, Louise treats a varied musculoskeletal caseload that includes athletes and performing artists of all ages and levels - dancers, gymnasts, ice skaters, musicians, rugby players, swimmers, vocalists and more.
Louise’s extensive experience and postgraduate studies have provided her with a wealth of knowledge in screening, movement analysis and advanced injury rehabilitation. This experience ideally places Louise to offer effective assistance with queries regarding optimal recovery from injury and surgery, performance enhancement and minimizing future injury risk.
Chiropody and podiatry. Considerable experience working with performers since 1984.
Marianne has worked professionally as a singer and singing teacher and has personal experience of touring and work-related stressors. Her North London Music Therapy practice provides specialist services for musicians, creative artists and others. She can help with problems including anxiety, depression, stress, vocalists' issues, performance anxiety, interpersonal dynamics, family and health issues, eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, adults and adolescents. Group and individual therapy is available.
Marianne qualified as a music therapist from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2013 and received further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Tavistock Centre in 2018. Marianne is a registered supervisor with the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) and was recently appointed as BAMT's Vice Chair of Trustees. She specialises in setting up new posts, with a role as Music Therapy Outreach and Enterprise Tutor for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Martina specialises in treating performing artists particularly musicians and dancers. Her clientele includes professional drummers, rock guitarists, performing concert pianists, violinists, music teachers, members of modern ballet and dance groups. She has treated performers with a variety of problems e.g. rehab post-fracture, muscular strains, joint dysfunction, restricted movement, muscular imbalance, postural problems. Exercise advice for maintaining optimal health, tailored to individual performer. Experienced with problems of music students and teachers. Worked for BBC Documentaries as Producer and Director 1996-2009. National Evening News Presenter and Foreign Correspondent in Czech Republic for 3 years. Practice locations: Manchester Osteopaths, Neal's Yard Remedies, King St, Manchester / Prestwich Osteopathy, ND Beauty Skin Clinic, Prestwich.
Miranda is a highly experienced psychotherapist and counsellor who also has over 30 years experience in the music industry as an artist manager. Existential Psychotherapy. Where appropriate, clients can access the Stimmung Therapy Programme, delivered together with Helen Brice, who is also a BAPAM Registered therapist. Initial assessment is followed by a combination of trauma/existential/autogenic work, and skills coaching and behaviour therapy for breaking old habits and creating new ones. Miranda works with performing arts professionals presenting with, for example, drug addictions associated with gig culture, sexual/stage identity, eating disorders, struggles with casting, auditions and bookings, stage fright. Stimmung Therapy is based in Piccadilly, London. Miranda also practises in Wiltshire and provides online therapy.
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).
Specialises in the treatment of dancers, has been a professional dancer and understands the pressures and challenges of being a freelance performer. Based at Integrated Health on Wigmore Street, London, with performance specialist physiotherapist, Sudhir Daya, where a multidisciplinary service is offered.
Alexander Technique for musicians, singers, actors and performing artists. Professional musician (cellist and pianist) and Alexander Technique teacher. Rosalie has taught Alexander Technique since 1994 at music colleges, adult education colleges and privately. Her practice is based in Edgware and she is also a tutor at the Mary Ward Centre.
Integrative psychotherapist, counsellor and trauma specialist using REWIND Trauma Therapy and critical incident debriefing. Has seen many performers during career since 1980s including musicians, theatre and circus performers, dancers and actors. Helped with stress, anxiety, OCD, bereavement, suicidal ideation, complex trauma, PTSD, childhood abuse, insecurity, low self-esteem, performance anxiety, relationship issues, fear of failure, eating disorders. Practises in Bingley and Heptonstall.
Psychodynamic psychotherapist, actively involved in the Arts. Former professional orchestral and chamber violinist. Help clients with problems including anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, depression, psychosomatic problems, identity issues, trauma, bereavement, relationship and family problems. Practice locations in North Oxford, OTS Witney and Charlbury, Chipping Norton. She works with clients using psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapeutic approaches.
Advanced neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy and orthopaedic manual therapy. Cranio-mandibular, cranio-cervical and facial pain physiopathology. Very experienced working with dancers and musicians. Works at Trinity Laban Health Centre treating Traumatic injuries, overuse, persistent and neuropathic pain. Guest lecturer for MSc in Dance Science. Dancer and musician.
Dance medicine physiotherapy. Musicians' musculoskeletal-related injuries. Vocal massage. Has seen many arts professionals. Previously worked at Perform Health (circus specialists). Familiar with injuries specific to pole dancing. Familiar with aerial equipment and performance environment considerations. Works with West End performers and students at RADA, and is based at PhysioEd Medical, Wimpole Street.
Provides physiotherapy, acupuncture and Pilates. Worked with many dancers including Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Company. Holds BAPAM clinic at University of Leeds School of Music. Very experienced with all performing arts work/study-related musculoskeletal problems.
Neil treats a variety of performance professionals and students including actors and dancers (including ballet and ice) presenting with problems in areas such as lumbar spine, cervical spine, upper and lower limb. He is based at Step Forward Physiotherapy. Locations include Merthyr, University of South Wales, Cardiff and Abergavenny.
Experienced sports and exercise physio working with performers including students at RWCMD, based at Agile Therapy, Cardiff.
Performing arts specialist physiotherapy and acupuncture. Also teaches yoga. Has worked with musicians and dancers and is a player of harp and clarinet. Has extensive experience as an NHS Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Hand Therapist and A&E clinician. Has her own practice in Steyning, West Sussex, and a monthly clinic at BAPAM.
NHS doctor practising in Paediatrics, Audiovestibular Medicine and General Medicine. Keenly interested in the performing arts, both as a performer and as a medical professional. Completed the UCL MSc in Performing Arts Medicine. Particularly interested in children in the arts and treating the medical issues they encounter.
Performing arts specialist physiotherapy, specialist vocal physiotherapy, acupuncture. Extensive experience helping performing artists of all different disciplines including many West End performers with musculoskeletal problems. Expert in muscular tension in professional voice users, injury prevention and treatment in dancers, posture and musicians' health operating in The Midlands with Franklin Physiotherapy Ltd.
Pete Robinson is an Alexander Technique teacher who has also worked as a professional musician, both as a performer, musical director and piano teacher.
He teaches Alexander Technique at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) as well as privately in Manchester and Stockport.
He is experienced working with varied clients including Vocalists, instrumentalists, desk-based workers, actors and musical theatre performers.
Problems and conditions worked with include unhelpful habits in posture and movement, musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive/overuse injuries, dystonias, balance related issues and anxiety-related problems such as stage fright and excessive tension.
“The Alexander Technique helped me to recover from injury and also to improve the way that I performed as a musician and in many other areas of my life.
I have been fortunate to be able to give lessons, courses and workshops in the technique since graduating. My pupils come from a wide range of careers and interests and I have also specialised in working with musicians. I continue to teach many professional and student musicians from the Jazz, Classical and Popular Music world.”
Phil Jordan trained as a counsellor after having worked for fourteen years as a professional musician and session musician, giving him a personal insight into the issues affecting people in the music and entertainment industry. He can help with issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, bereavement, ego and identity, failure and rejection, debt and finances. He uses a person centered approach. Philip also has experience working for a debt charity and is a counselling tutor at Leeds City College.
Professor of Genomic Epidemiology and Consultant Rheumatologist providing specialist assessment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems at the NHS Musicians and Performing Arts clinic at St Thomas' Hospital, London. NHS GP referral required.
Rachel Jepson is a specialist in mental health in the music industry and has developed CPD accredited training in mental health awareness in the industry and for music students. Works with creative practitioners with issues including performance anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, abuse, discrimination, addiction, bereavement, gender transition. Rachel uses a person centered approach for individuals and couples. She also provides critical incident debriefing. Rachel has been a singer, songwriter and performer for over 20 years and is also a qualified counsellor, supervisor and hypnotherapist working with organizations such as the NHS, BUPA and AnxietyUK. Rachel is an affiliate counsellor for Music Support, BAPAM and Health Assured. She founded Counselling for Musicians at the start of 2017, working with musicians and industry professionals and their mental health. Rachel has counselled students at BIMM and FutureWorks among others and delivers training on how tutors can help support students suffering with anxiety and depression. She hosted her own radio show on Reform Radio called 'Mind Over Music' talking to Musicians about mental health in the music industry. Rachel is frequently asked to speak at music conferences including We Are Robots, Help Musicians Focus conference and the AIM industry conference. She has written on the subject of mental health in the music industry for publications including Therapy Today, and her book 'Mental Health In The Music Industry: A Guide' is out now. Rachel has been nominated for a 'Women In Music Award' for her work with musicians and mental health.
Treats performing artists and creative practitioners, including students at RWCMD and Cardiff University. Based at Agile Therapy, Cardiff.
Physiotherapy, Exercise and Sport Science, Personal Training. Posture, pain, overuse injuries, tension, tendinopathies, sprains, underlying rheumatological conditions, strength and conditioning. Works closely with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and sees performing arts students from local institutions including LIPA.
Roger Williams is a person centred counsellor who has an affinity with creative people. He supports clients including singers, musicians and other creative practitioners who are struggling with their emotions. He can offer guidance on a wide range of psychological issues including depression, addiction, low self esteem, abuse and personality disorders, emotional blocks, relationship and identity issues. Roger is of Black Caribbean heritage and is experienced working with diverse clients of any ethnicity or sexual orientation. He works mostly with adults but has also supported teenagers with mental health concerns. He offers person-centred, integrated therapy, most commonly using Rogerian, REBT, psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, and Gestalt approaches.
Roz Neale is a senior hand therapist and physiotherapist who sees many musicians and creative professionals with hand and upper limb conditions including pain, fractures, soft tissue injuries, nerve problems, posture related pain, focal dystonia, tendonitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, hypersensitivity. Physiotherapy practice includes: managing musculoskeletal problems, occupational health advice, sports massage, and acupuncture. Experienced working as part of a multidisciplinary team including orthopaedic hand and upper limb surgeons and other clinicians.
Remote virtual consultations for patients or face to face appointments are available at her private practice in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire. Roz also provides NHS care at Northwick Park Hospital (Hands and Orthopaedics).
Optical care for performers. Understands performers' complex eyesight needs including visual fields and working distances, and reading notation while also focusing on the working environment and fellow performers. Based at Allegro Optical in Meltham and Holmfirth.
Sarah is a Singing Teacher, Vocal Rehabilitation Coach, and an NHS Clinical Vocal Consultant. Having initially trained as an Opera Singer, she toured the UK and abroad for several years before qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist. She now combines her knowledge of the speaking voice into her coaching. Sarah is part of the ENT multi-disciplinary team in the Professional Voice Users Clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and also rehabilitates the performers voice in private practice. The overall aim of vocal rehabilitation is to restore a performers speaking and singing voice back to normal function. This usually takes between 2-4 sessions and if necessary, Sarah may refer the performer to another health professional and/or liaise with the performers voice/singing tutors if applicable to ensure a long term resolution of the vocal problem.
Sarah is currently a visiting specialist lecturer at the University of Birmingham and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She has accumulated a wealth of experience coaching students of all ages and abilities in schools, FE and HE institutions, and in private practice. In addition to this, she has regularly worked with theatre companies such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, and a number of national musical tours including ‘Grease’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. She has also had the pleasure coaching professional Bhangra singers and CCM artists when preparing for studio and live performances.
Sarah is passionate about how singing benefits mental and physical wellbeing, and runs a ‘Singing for Lung Health and Wellbeing’ group in Birmingham, which is supported by the British Lung Foundation. She is also an elected Director of the British Voice Association, and is currently researching singers who suffer muscle tension dysphonia and vocal fatigue.
I am an integrative relationship/psychosexual therapist specialising in relationship, sex and intimacy problems working with individuals and couples. I also work with couples where depression in one partner may be negatively impacting on their relationship. I have also worked for many years as an NHS clinical nurse specialist in sexual and reproductive health and managed and provided the NHS psychosexual service at St Ann's Hosptial in London unitl it closed in June 2017 due to government funding cuts.
Relationship and psychosexual therapy is a strictly a talking only therapy. I offer an initial ten minute introductory phone consultation, free of charge.
I see a very varied client group for both short and longer term therapy. I work with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations, cultures, religious beliefs, and social backgrounds. I have also worked with people on the autistic spectrum and those with learning difficulties and a range of challenging physical disabilities and chronic health problems. The age range is equally varied as I have seen clients from aged sixteen to clients in their eighties.
The problems I address are often as a result of relationship issues, depression, disabilities, cultural and religious differences, long term chronic illness, surgery, lack of education about anatomy and physiology, fear and anxiety about lack of experience or unrealistic expectations, past history of trauma, infertility, infant loss or miscarriage, concerns about gender, and sexuality. People may be worried about their personal sexual practices, likes and dislikes or those of their partners. Problems can also be related to sexual compulsivity, bereavement and menopause. They can be related to pain during sex or erectile dysfunction. Don't hesitate to seek help, no matter what your concern may be, and if it is not in my scope of practice I will think with you about an appropriate source of help and support.
I worked as a professional actress prior to becoming a specialist nurse and psychosexual therapist and have helped a number of arts professionals.
Sherry has a background as a singer herself and has treated many performers including acrobats, singers, dancers and musicians. She's provided care backstage at events and festivals including Glastonbury. Special Interests: Neck restrictions affecting affecting singing, Lower back and spinal pain, Foot function and the optimisation of foot biomechanics, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Post Operative Orthopaedic, Ergonomic assessment and advice, Feldenkrais Technique.
Sheryl Doe is a dispensing optician with over 16 years' experience in the optical profession and has experience in many different optical disciplines. A keen musician with a lifelong love of music, Sheryl has developed a unique understanding of the challenges that some musicians face with deteriorating eyesight. With a keen interest in Ophthalmic lens design Sheryl has developed a unique algorithm to help in this area and is seen as an industry leader in her specialist field. She has also found that her unique approach to vision correction works well for teachers, lecturers and those that present regularly. Allegro Optical, Meltham, Holmfirth / Saddleworth.
Sorcha Callaghan is a trained dancer and physiotherapist who works with performing artists including dancers, puppeteers, musical theatre performers, actors, musicians, wardrobe staff, technical crew and stage management crew. She offers manual therapy, exercise based rehabilitation, Pilates based rehabilitation, acupuncture and education in pain science.
Sorcha treats acute and chronic Musculoskeletal injuries, spinal and peripheral. Helps people prepare and rehabilitate before and after surgery. She is experienced helping manage pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions including, but not limited, to Pelvic Girdle Pain Syndrome.
Working as a Dance & Performance specialist physiotherapist in the West End, liaising closely with performers, production and management team to improve fitness and guide injury prevention and treatment plans, Sorcha is passionate about empowering and educating creative professionals to meet the challenges of their craft.
Based at West End Osteopathy in North London and also works with Nuffield Health in Moorgate in the city centre, virtual and face to face appointments are available.
Stephen Hanscomb works with numerous people in the performing arts, including musicians (classical and contemporary), dancers (ballet and contemporary), actors, singers (Opera and pop), as well as theatre production crew, lighting design, costume design and stage management (West End, Regional and International).
"I enjoy working with creative people and can offer a flexible approach to psychotherapy. These creative people have extraordinary pressures on them and often suffer anxiety around performance, ability to maintain standards, earn regular income, maintain personal/sexual relationships, sometimes falling into addictive behaviours and negative thought patterns that affect their self-esteem and sense of self-worth."
Specialist areas include; sex and compulsivity addiction, recreational drug use and chemsex, alcohol, gambling, male childhood sexual abuse and rape, sexuality and relationships, gender identity, coming out, HIV/AIDS, depression and anxiety. Stephen has worked with gay men who were exposed to the sex industry, pornography and sex work, sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.
"I identify as a gay man and have worked extensively within the LGBTQ+ community, and also work with heterosexual people. I worked with a wide variety of issues, with people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, ages, gender and sexual identities. Working holistically with GSRD (Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity) issues allows me to sit alongside people, to listen and actively work to find their authentic true self."
Stephen is an Integrative Psychotherapist using modalities including Person-Centred, Humanistic Relational, Psychodynamic, CBT, Focusing, Mindfulness and Meditation.
Sundraj Sreenivasan trained as a counsellor after 21 years in the music industry. He works with clients experiencing problems relating to depression, panic attacks, anger, identity, relationships, sexuality, shame, loss, suicidal thoughts and self-harm. Music and entertainment industry specific challenges supported include: burnout, sudden fame, performance anxiety, stress, rejection, online abuse, career or financial uncertainty and body image.
"I worked closely with musicians and professionals; first at a major label and then running my own agency. I witnessed how, for many, the fear of seeking professional help meant problems were bottled up leading to poor mental health. I was one of them, until I got help. My own growth and development inspired me to retrain, so I could be someone you could trust and open up to, as a qualified professional.
My clinical work as a counsellor has been in a diverse range of settings; from the NHS’s IAPT service to a University and, a LGBTQ+ charity. My own background and specialist training has enabled me to be culturally informed and I take an affirmative approach to diversity in my practice."
Physiotherapy and acupuncture. Sees musicians from the RNCM and Manchester University. Grew up competing in Irish Dancing and learnt violin for 6 years. Trauma and orthopaedics. TMJ Physiotherapy. Vestibular Physiotherapy.
Psychotherapy and Counselling. Jungian Psychodynamic therapy. Therapy available online. Retired elite ballet and musical theatre dancer, works with dancers, dance teachers, actors and musicians presenting with, for example, depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, ADHD, identity issues, issues relating to injuries, trauma, PTSD. 'Because of my own experiences as a performer I am able to bring a genuine understanding of the unique demands that are placed on dancers into my psychotherapy practice'.
After loading trucks and touring the globe for over 15 years, Tiffany Hudson took a break from tour life to train as a psychotherapist. She is an integrative therapist who uses psychodynamic, existential and person-centred approaches. She also works as a mediator and coach. She has a long history in the touring music industry and personal experiences of the challenges of the work and culture. Her special interests include addictions, relationships, anxiety, self-worth, bereavement and loss, trauma, depression and managing emotions.
Speech and Language Therapy for professional voice users. Clinical Expert in Voice Disorders. Clinical lead for NHS Voice Clinic. Laryngeal Manual Therapy. NHS Voice Clinic at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. Private clinic one day per week at PhysioEd Medical, Belsize Park.
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