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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.
Physiotherapist Darel Evans is a hands-on manual therapist, utilising adept manual skills in mobilisation of the soft tissues and manipulation of spinal and peripheral joints. He combines manual therapy, advanced clinical & gym based rehabilitation, sport taping, cupping and acupuncture to relieve pain, correct asymmetries, improve functional movement and strength and keep performers on track.
"I value patient empowerment through teaching an in-depth understanding of their condition/injury. I believe this is key to successful treatment and management of symptoms and for return to daily activities and performance".
Darel can assist with advanced clinical and gym based rehabilitation, injury management for musicians - managing pain whilst playing/performing, injury prevention courses - raked stage, tour based, track specific, strength and conditioning for dance workshops and 1:1 coaching. His sessions include dance specific education which will improve dance technique through expert body awareness training. Darel is also experienced at laryngeal manual therapy / vocal massage, dealing with loss of range, increased effort, breathy, husky voice quality, pain on phonation, globus, full body assessment/MOT, postural correction and vocal rehab.
Debbie Wilson is a physiotherapist specialising in performing artists, and the lead musculoskeletal physiotherapist for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She also works with students from local performing arts colleges and universities, and all performance professionals in the Liverpool area, including many dancers.
Debbie treats all acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, postural related dysfunctions, mechanical neck and back pain, overuse/repetitive strain injuries, adverse neural tension, cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, rotator cuff related pain, impingements, tendinopathies, overload and underload related pathologies, stress fractures, acute sprains, ligament ruptures. Debbie also offers post-natal physio checks - Mummy MOT (https://www.themummymot.com/) - and is also an APPI trained Pilates teacher.
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.
Dimitrios Kouklakis is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) who has experience in helping performance artists who are experiencing psychological and emotional distress. Dimitrios offers individual evidence-based psychotherapy by working primarily using the CBT approach but integrating effective aspects of others such as the psychodynamic, schema or interpersonal where necessary. This is to ensure that the best possible therapy is delivered, tailored to the individual needs of each client in order to maximise the opportunity for an efficient therapy process that leads to positive, deep, and long-lasting outcomes.
"Nothing is impossible for those who believe".
Based in Penzance, Dominique Royle has built up many years' experience working with musicians and performers.
She is an HCPC and CSP registered chartered phsyiotherapist who trained at Guy’s Hospital, in London. She worked in the NHS for 25 years before going into private practice.
Her specialist areas include:
Musicians’ injuries and Performing Arts Injuries
Post cancer treatments rehabilitation
Hypermobility spectrum and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Disorders
Dominique is a member of:
OCPPP : Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice
BAPAM: British Association of Performing Arts Medicine
ACPOPC: Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology & Palliative Care
APPI: Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute
POGP Associate: Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy
Dr Gulamali's 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.
Further specialist service oral surgery is now being offered at the practice for complex oral surgery procedure including complex extractions of teeth. Specialists include:
Gum disease - periodontist
Root canal - endodontist
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.
Dr Amal Lad is a GP and musician treating general and performance specific physical and mental health problems. This would include depression, anxiety, musculoskeletal pain and all problems normally assessed and treated in general practice. He is passionate about finding new ways to support people working in the performing arts. He is also musician and he has composed music for a number of projects including film, theatre and released his personal music on streaming platforms which can be found on his website. Currently, Amal is preparing the release of new experimental music, while continuing his work in medicine.
“As a musician, I have a deep understanding and appreciation for mental and physical wellbeing in order to be able to create music. Creativity empowers me and is needed for personal wellbeing.”
Amal is British Indian and a trustee of South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF) – a charity addressing health inequalities in the South Asian community, where he is involved in the SAHF fellowship and community engagement working group.
Dr Anna Colton 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
Dr Anthony Ordman is a highly experienced Consultant in Pain Medicine, familiar with musicians' medical and pain management needs, and expert in long-term pain and related conditions including spinal or musculoskeletal pain, nerve pain, and the effects of adverse psychological states on pain. He is also a specialist in using cannabis-based medicines. Dr Ordman is the Honorary Medical Adviser to the Royal Society of Musicians and a member of BAPAM's Medical Committee. He is is a keen musician and singer himself.
Dr Sriskantharajah Arun-Castro is a GP with a background in Emergency Medicine and considerable experience of medical provision at major festivals, concerts and sporting events.
He has worked as a doctor in pre-hospital care teams at Glastonbury, Reading and Download Festivals as well as London Stadium.
As a festival doctor he became more aware of the physical and mental strains experienced by performing artists ranging from fatigue to acute pain and stress reactions on tour. This experience piqued his interest in the wellbeing of performers and lead to his involvement with BAPAM.
He has experience in musculoskeletal health and continues to work in elite sport providing medical cover for professional rugby and motor racing at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit .
He is familiar with the assessment and initial management of issues such as repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, upper and lower limb musculoskeletal conditions, insomnia, anxiety and depression, adjustment reactions, acute and chronic pain management and assessment of fatigue.
During lockdown 2020, Arun contributed as an editor and chapter author to the Music Industry Therapists Collective’s Touring & Mental Health Manual http://musicindustrytherapists.com .
As a hobby he hosts the The Roadie Medic Podcast that takes a look at the merging scenes of live music, festivals, pre-hospital care and public health.
He is British Asian (Sri Lankan) and is interested in diversity, world music & second and third generation migrant experiences. He is an NHS GP for patients registered at Victoria Medical Centre in Pimlico, and a BAPAM Assessing GP.
Dr Arun Dev Vellore is a specialist in Respiratory Medicine, Internal Medicine, Occupational & Environmental disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, experienced working with performers such as vocalists or wind players with respiratory disorders, and performance professionals with worsening lung function.
Conditions managed include: 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.
Dr Vellore is an NHS consultant at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Christine Mimnagh 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.
Dr Hara Trouli is a highly experienced musculoskeletal doctor who has worked extensively with professionals and student performers. She offers diagnostic assessments and advice for all musculoskeletal performance-related problems. A keen piano player,
In 2011 Hara joined the first Masters degree in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London and graduated with distinction in 2012. Her MSc Research Thesis focused on the Muscular Contraction in the Arms of Pianists. Since 2015 she is appointed by UCL as the Course Lead where she runs and develops the Masters, Diploma and Certificate postgraduate studies. She is involved in multiple academic activities and she also organises the PAM DAY once every year at UCL.
She is a clinician for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine and has developed a Musicians' Clinic in London where she works together with of a multidisciplinary team looking after musicians' injuries.
Performing arts specialist Psychologist, Dr Irina Roncaglia’s, work focuses on using positive psychology, particularly in supporting professional elite dancers with wellness and well-being, performance optimisation and career development. She also works with young individuals with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) and high functioning Asperger Syndrome (AS).
Her work as a psychologist and researcher is inspired and informed by her longstanding career in the Performing Arts, including over 14 years with English National Ballet (former London Festival Ballet). She aims to improve, empower and promote self-growth, wellness and well-being in professional elite dancers and performers through a collaborative and facilitating consultative holistic model.
Among the methods that she uses to treat patients are: Psychological skills training, CBT, Coaching, Exercise, Dance, Applied Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and ACT.
Dr James Thing is an expert in the treatment of upper limb injury – including frozen shoulder, impingement, tennis elbow and osteoarthritis – as well as the treatment of lower limb tendon disorders such as Achilles, Patellar and ankle tendons and plantar fascia. He is experienced in non-surgical management of hand, wrist and elbow pathology. He has helped many performance professionals with problems including De Quervain's tenosynovitis, Trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, capsulitis, pain and fracture.
He has a special interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound and provides ultrasound guided therapeutic injections and intervention on the NHS and privately.
Private patients requiring ultrasound-guided, musculoskeletal injections can be referred to the rapid-access, consultant-led Joint Injection Clinic in Golders Green or Chelsea. Consultations are also available at Pure Sports Medicine, Canary Wharf, and the Highgate Hospital.
Dr Thing also undertakes a weekly NHS musculoskeletal ultrasound/radiology list at the Royal London Hospital (Barts Health).
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