My recently published article (May 2016) in Therapy Today magazine entitled " Voice, Trauma and Voicelessness"
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British Association for Performing Arts Medicine Saturday 20th May.
A facinating and informative day focusing on the very pertinant subjects of anxiety and perfectionism. Particularly in relation to performers but also apt when dealing with those whose standards are high beyond reach or reason who compulsively strain towards perfection.
May 6th I attended a fascinating seminar, "Losing Sleep" with Dr David Lee from Sleep Unlimited. This informative day was an important insight into advanced psychotherapeutic techniques to help and understand the underlying causes and effects suffered by insomniacs and people struggling with anxiety, stress or injury resulting in sleeping difficulties.
Last June I attended a seminar with the eminent Prof. Bessell A. Van Der Kolk at Guys Hospital entitled 'Traumatic Stress Therapeutic implications'. He says that "... at the moment of a trauma everything seems to freeze in time..." and that ''...traumatized individuals need to learn that it is safe to have feelings and emotions." Mindfulness therapy plays a big part in helping people to have control of overwhelming emotions triggered by memories of the original trauma.
I am delighted to report that I am now an Accredited Member of The BACP.
It has been wonderful to receive recently such positive feed back from my clients, both individual and couples, as testimonial to my counselling practice.
I am currently carrying out in depth reading into Mindfulness. It is with great pleasure that I have extended my practice and I am now offering Couples Counselling.
In Opera and Classical Music magazines I appealed for singers and performers to come forward and speak to me about their vocal crises.
The result of this was very encouraging.
I had a tremendously interesting interview with Jacob Lieberman who specialises in manipulating the larynx. This led to my 'observing' at a voice clinic at Northwick Park Hospital and joining the VoxOp group to hear the experiences of singers who, through operations, have had damage to their voices and the resulting trauma from this.