Posts Tagged ‘Psychotherapy’

Hypnosis Unit UK CPD Introductory Course

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Performing Arts Medicine practitioners, are you interested in the possible applications of hypnosis in your own profession?

Hypnosis Unit UK provide an Introductory Course in Applied Hypnosis. The next course takes place on Saturday 28th April 2012, at UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.

Further information (pdf)

BAPAM Newsletter February 2012

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Our current Newsletter is available to download in pdf format here:

BAPAM Newsletter February 2012


Stage Fright, Well-being and Recovery Survey Results

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

We had a fantastic response to our request for help with Danica Giles’ Stage Fright and Well-being Survey. Huge thanks to all the performers who took part – 260 in all, of whom 167 were BAPAM patients!

This summary of the results of the study contains some demographic information on the participants, followed by brief explanations of the assumptions tested and the results.

The last part contains the interpretation of the results. Danica has tried to turn the rather theoretical findings into as many practical tips as possible and has also referred to previous research.

If you are not interested in all the details, just skip to the very last page with a summary of all
recovery tips!

Download the results here.

BAPAM Counselling and Psychotherapy Services Survey

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Dr Carol Chapman is a counselling psychologist and performance coach, and works as a BAPAM practitioner. Dr Chapman has recently taken the lead on our research into psychological and mental health issues affecting performing artists and the development of appropriate services and treatments for this special group.

Dr Chapman is currently conducting a survey of the amount, scope and treatment modalities currently being employed by counselling and psychotherapy practitioners on the BAPAM Directory. We are also interested to hear from practitioners who are not currently associated with BAPAM.

Practitioners are being asked to complete a brief, anonymous questionnaire covering details of professional practice, experience with performing artists, and views and needs regarding specialist support, as well as basic demographic information. The survey will help us identify practitioners’ needs and enable us to develop new and exciting networks, training and resources for specialist work in this field.

If you think the survey is relevant to you but have not yet completed a questionnaire, please download the survey form and return it to us at:

BAPAM, FREEPOST NAT 18607, London WC1X 8BR, or contact Dr Chapman at for more information.

Thanks for your help!

download the survey form here

Well-being for Cellists

Friday, March 4th, 2011


Click on the  image for the event flyer.

The London Cello Society‘s Well-being for Cellists workshop takes place on Sunday 13th March 2011 at the Royal Academy of Music. Expert presenters,  Katherine Butler (Preventing Hand Injuries), Selma Gocken (Alexander Technique), Erika Klemperer (Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) and Felicity Vincent (Pilates Method) discuss:

How do we play our instrument in harmony with our design?

How can we take advantage of the wonderful natural coordination we possess as human beings?

How can we pass on to our students the knowledge that will prevent injuries?

What are the emotional challenges of our profession and how do they affect our well-being?

The event costs £50 or just £25 for students/concessions with a 25% discount for LCS members.

Click here for more information and to book your place.

Autogenic Training Sessions with Giovanna Reitano

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Giovanna Reitano is starting a series of AT classes at BAPAM in London. She sent us the following information about the course, which is tailored specifically for actors, dancers, musicians, singers and all other performing artists:

Enhance your Performance with Autogenic Training

. Learn to Cope with Stress & Relax

. Relieve Muscular & Emotional Tensions

. Reduce Performance Anxiety

. Enhance Concentration & Self Confidence

. Feel Positive & Energized

Autogenic Training Sessions and Courses

The autogenic sessions aim to give artists, professionals and students, the skills for enhancing their performance using their artistic craft in the most effective way.  AT helps to prevent and reduce performance anxiety and stress-related discomforts. It also enhances mental clarity, concentration and self-confidence.

The course consists of learning and practicing the autogenic standard exercises which allow the release of physical and emotional tension. By stimulating the body’s self-regulatory system AT fosters a progressive muscular and mental relaxation and supports the healthy functioning of the body’s systems, such as the circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal and metabolic.

The autogenic practice allows you to bring your body into a state of ‘awake’ relaxation whenever and wherever needed.  In this way your body becomes more energized and you can use physical and mental energy in the most effective way.

By the end of the course you will have developed a calmer attitude when dealing with the negative effects of stress; learned to feel more in control and present – relaxed but awake; as well as focused and energised before, during and after a performance. Individual or small group sessions are available.

Please, read more on AT at

With: Giovanna Reitano

Date:  Individual sessions are by appointment.

Small groups sessions: Evenings (Monday-Thursday) 5:30-6:30 or 6:30-7:30

AT Courses start the first week of each month and include 6 sessions (on weekly basis).

The cost for the 6 week AT course is of £ 140 (£ 110 for students).

Venue: BAPAM

To book an Autogenic Training session or a 6 week course with Giovanna please contact Clare at Bapam:

Tel. 020 7404 8444 (Monday-Friday 9 am – 5pm)

Autogenic Training – an Introduction for Performing Artists

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Autogenic Training (also called Autogenic Therapy) is a relaxation technique that can help improve stress management and increase wellbeing. Individuals learn the technique over a course of (usually 8 – 10) classes. It is a complementary therapy that is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment for a variety of health problems, especially where stress is involved.

At our clinics, BAPAM doctors give medical advice to many performers with musculoskeletal injuries (temporarily) preventing their ability to pursue their careers/education. In addition to the physical problem, there is a psychological impact. Being injured is stressful! AT is one way of reducing the stress and tension which can exacerbate the effects of physical injury.

AT can be particularly useful for all forms of anxiety, including performance anxiety (stage fright), and panic attacks. The relaxed state induced by autogenic exercises restores regular heartbeats, normal breathing patterns, and increases concentration clarity and alertness. People report feeling more confident and energised.

Tammy Mindell, an Autogenic Therapist listed on BAPAM’s directory of practitioners, says, ‘a semi-professional singer learnt AT for other stress related issues. As an unexpected bonus, she found her singing greatly improved. She became less anxious about good performance, allowing herself to be good enough. The results meant that rather than over breathing and pushing the sound, I could relax and allow and enjoy a much easier and better quality performance’.

In some cases, advanced autogenic techniques may be used as a form of psychotherapy.

Useful links:

The British Autogenic Society is the professional and regulatory body for Autogenic Therapists in the UK. Their web site contains a wealth of further information about autogenic training.

Autogenic Therapists on the BAPAM Directory of Practitioners:

Tammy Mindel:
Giovanna Reitano:
Catalina Botello:

If you are worried about a medical problem, including anxiety or another psychological problem, you should consult your GP. If you are a performing artist and the problem is work-related you may also seek advice from a BAPAM GP at one of our free clinics.

The Power of Music

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Hypnosis Unit UK CPD

In Association with the

Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London

Directors: Professor David Oakley & Dr Val Walters

A talk by Prof David Hargreaves

The power of music: Applying music psychology in health and clinical settings

David Hargreaves is Professor of Education and Froebel Research Fellow at Roehampton University, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His books, in psychology, education, the arts, and music have been translated into 15 languages. He has appeared on BBC TV and radio as a jazz pianist and composer, and is organist at his local village church.

In this presentation he will present evidence which illustrates the power of music in people’s everyday lives. Music is all around us, in shops, dental surgeries, tube stations, in pubs and on phones; recent studies show that it is present in some way in approximately 40% of the waking lives of adults, and that the equivalent proportion for young children may be as high as 80%. The talk will review the functions that music fulfils in society, and the effects that it has on individuals: on cognition and learning, on social relationships and emotional reactions. As a result of these developments, there is a clear growth in applied music psychology. The applications of music psychology will be reviewed with a special focus on health and clinical applications, especially in music therapy and the management of pain.

Open to all. Of particular interest to academics, health professionals & musicians.

Saturday 24th April 2010, 10.00-1.00pm

Fee: £68.00 (full time students £35.00).  Places limited and must be booked in advance. Closing date: 16th April.

Venue: UCL Psychology Department 26, Bedford Way London WC1H 0AP.

For further information and application form email:  Kate Murfin (CPD Administrator) at

British Psychological Society Conference 2010

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Dr Carol Chapman, who works as a psychologist with BAPAM clients, is just one of the speakers at the annual BPS Conference, held on 14th – 16th April 2010. She’ll be presenting a session on ‘Being a Composer – An Insider’s View’. One of the main themes of the event is Psychology and the Arts.

Here’s the full programme:

BPS Conference 2010 programme timetable