-Selected Publications and Presentations:
A Phenomenological and Process Approach to Pattern and Meaning (2017) Interalia Magazine. February Issue.
Cosmoscope Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (23 June 2017) Wellcome Trust Funded Interdisciplinary Project. University of Hertfordshire
Performance and Existence (2014) British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) Psychosocial Day. 15 November, BAPAM Office.
-Latest Professional Activities:
Ongoing Fortnightly Clinical Supervision with Professor Ernesto Spinelli (since 2008)
Member of the Peer Review Readers Panel of the Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis (since 2010)
European Certificate in Psychology, European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (awarded 6 January 2017)
Quarterly Clinical Supervision Group with Professor Ernesto Spinelli, 17 June 2017 to 28 April 2018, Mind Body Centre, 10 Harley Street
Transforming Emergency into Emergence Workshop, 11 July 2017, House of Lords
Crossing Creativity: The Westminster Creativity Research Symposium, 25 May 2017, University of Westminster
British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) Mental Health Perspectives Session 1: Anxiety, 20 May 2017, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Professor Ernesto Spinelli Psychotherapy Masterclass, 21 April 2015, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Bobby Baker Expert View Symposium, 8 May 2015, Kingsley Hall
Confer Live Supervision: Managing Anger and Aggression, 30 May 2015, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Professor George Berguno Workshop on Regret, 27 June 2015, Birkbeck College, University of London
Confer Seminar: Reaching Embodied Integration, 11 July 2015, Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
Wyndy Dryden on Dealing with Rejection and Live CBT Sessions, 12 November 2015, Conway Hall
BPS Chartered Psychologist and BACP Registered Psychotherapist Specialising in Performing Arts Medicine
tel: 07737 821881
I am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a Registered Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Registered Practitioner with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM). Since 2006 I have also been the Head of Psychology at the Institute of Unnecessary Research (IUR).
For the past ten years I have provided specialist psychotherapy, counselling and performance coaching to musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other artists working with performance.
I specialise in working with anxiety, stress, phobias, emotional blockages, depression, sleep problems, trauma, addictions, transitions, eating disorders, OCD, muscular-skeletal diseases, illness, pain, fatigue, chronic conditions, psychosomatic issues, work-life balance, performance issues, stage fright, perfectionism, rejection, self-doubt, lack of belief, grief, shame, anger, meaning and inspiration, relational problems, stagnation, creativity, time management, performance coaching and optimisation.
I offer flexible appointments times and a preferential rate to BAPAM clients.
Psychology & the Performing Arts
I have a long-term interest in the psychology of creativity, performance and the arts. I regularly act as the consulting psychologist and coach on Arts Council and Wellcome Trust-funded multidisciplinary projects, community outreach and symposia at the interface of art and science, working alongside scientists and artists. I have also presented my work in these areas at national and international specialist conferences (including the International Human Science Research conference that took place in 2013 at Aalborg University in Denmark to specifically investigate creativity from a psychosocial and clinical perspective).
I believe that the performing arts are essential to the health and flourishing of our society and that performing arts medicine - with its a pivotal role in enabling and supporting creative expansion and transformation in the arts and in society - is absolutely central to this. I uphold the principal value of performing arts medicine to psychology ,and reciprocally of psychology to performing arts medicine - I am committed to contributing to their ongoing encounter and mutual fertilisation both in my clinical and research practice. I believe that ultimately both performing arts medicine and psychology strive to expand our understanding of what most nourishes our shared humanity and are essential to the creative advance of our everyday lived experience and of 'the art of life’. In our contemporary times of always increasing technologisation and impoverishment of living these objectives couldn’t be more timely, important and urgent.
I think that the continual development of performing arts medicine within psychology has a crucial value not only in terms of assisting psychologists in working with everyday unformulated experience, illuminating consciousness and accessing perception, but also to advance the integration of and feedback loop between performance and psychological science to generate rigorous evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence. Beyond simplistic disciplinary separatisms performing arts medicine is pivotal in assisting practitioners in adhering to the latest professional guidelines set out by NICE, BPS and HCPC - concerning, for example, what is now the explicit ethical requirement to include creativity to reflect upon, inform and guide practice (criterion 14.12) and to ‘understand how understanding can be helped by creativity and artistry’ - (criterion 8.17 of the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Practitioner Psychologists).