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Alongside my performance, recording and teaching commitments, I work as a clinical hypnotherapist specialising in helping musicians with performance anxiety (among many other issues).
Hypnosis is an interesting medium. There are many misconceptions about it thanks to the entertainment world and no one really knows exactly how it works. However, hypnosis is real and can be used to great effect within a therapeutic framework. When I was training I had what I would like to see as a healthy scepticism. I wondered if it was the “emperor’s new clothes” and my peers on the course were all pretending to be hypnotised. However, when I eventually experienced the benefits personally (it took a while, I’m more of a “progressive” hypnotee) and worked with real people with real issues and witnessed rapid change, it became apparent that hypnosis was indeed very real.
Most hypnotherapists will tell you its like driving down the motorway where you forget the previous ten miles and its just a form of relaxation. While this can be the case, its not strictly true in my experience. I have worked with clients where I hypnotise them in 5 seconds into a deep trance and others where it can take 20 minutes of relaxation and deepeners before they get there. I have worked with other people who I’m not convinced are ever actually hypnotised (although this is less common). It all really depends on what could be referred to as your “neurological architecture” – different brains are wired in different ways.
I have worked with musicians from all backgrounds, both professional and amateur. I have provided one to one help and support for professional classical players from all of the orchestras in the north of England. Common issues include bow shakes, lip shake, tension and anxiety but I have also worked with a wide range of other personal issues, many of which can be inextricably linked to the presenting problem. I provide support for auditions, recitals, concertos, exams – any anxiety evoking situation you can think of.
The benefits of hypnosis can be huge. If you are looking for help with performance anxiety, or other personal issues, please get in touch and we can explore if hypnotherapy can help you.
I have been in practise since 2007 following my studies with the London College Of Clinical Hypnosis where I achieved a Certificate (2006) and Diploma (2007) in Clinical Hypnosis. I am registered with The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis and abide by their code of ethics. I am fully insured and work from home in Didsbury, South Manchester.