Psychology for Dancers and Students
mental well-being & increased performance
It is not only dancers that suffer from stress, anxiety, destructive thoughts, unhelpful behaviours, and an unhealthy relationship with food. However, the effects of such patterns can have very serious consequences for dancers' training, performance ability, physical and mental health.
It is about whether he or she can 'make it' in this extremely tough and competitive environment, often from a very young age. In the worse case, these problems can jeopardise a person's career.
Ballet tends to attract people with perfectionist character traits, which are very useful for the required discipline, rigour, and for achieving excellence. But if out of control can lead to unhealthy patterns and behaviours.
If you are passionate about your profession or your amateur dance activities but find it difficult to deal with certain aspects of it, contact me to discuss whether Cognitive Hypnotherapy could help you to manage and overcome the issues that hold you back from dancing at your fullest potential and with joy.
"I was really impressed how simple techniques can be so effective."
Taking a bow, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, 1992
What Can Hypnotherapy Help With:
stress and overwhelm
negative thinking loops
lack or loss of motivation
performance anxiety/ stage fright
unconducive habits and behaviours
expectations (one's own and from others)
If you do not see your issue mentioned and wonder whether
Hypnotherapy might help you, drop me a line.
My Own Struggles
During my career as a professional ballet dancer I suffered enormously from stage fright (or performance anxiety) so I understand very well how it can lead to performing below one's full potential and worse how it can ruin the joy of being on stage and the reward one deserves for hours of hard work in the studio.
I also experienced performing when I did not feel scared or anxious but excited to go out there to enjoy and express myself dancing. And I wish more of these experiences for you.
I trained as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist with the Quest Institute at Regents University, London under its founder Trevor Silvester. Together with my professional dance background, this enables me to help you, whether you are a dance student or a professional dancer, to manage your fears and to turn destructive thoughts and feelings into more conducive ones so you get the positive performance experience that you want and deserve.
But it is not only fear that can affect dancers. Lack of confidence or motivation, weight issues, dealing with pressure are also commonly experienced difficulties. I have been through all of this myself and I wish I knew the tools with which I can help you now.
Thank you so very much!!! With all your help and support, performance-mind workshop and listening to your record, I have managed not to be so scared and to enjoy most of the time being on stage the first time after my childhood! “ Galina
How does it work?
Every behaviour has a purpose. Often our unconscious is trying to protect us, to keep us safe. You were not born with your problem, but your brain may have decided at one point that doing something in front of people is bad. Together we explore how and when this happened so your unconscious can let go of the negative emotions it connected to performing in front of others.
Using Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP) techniques we "reset" your brain patterns so negative thoughts and feelings are reduced or dissolved and can no longer limit and restrict you. Additionally, you will receive a personalised MP3 download of hypnotic suggestions to listen to in between sessions and anytime you feel you need a boost.
Q: Who can be hypnotised?
A: Most people can be hypnotised, as long as they consent and agree to follow the therapist’s instructions.
Q: How do I know that I am hypnotised/ in trance?
A: The feeling of being hypnotised is one of deep relaxation whilst being highly alert, which allows access to your unconscious mind (vs. your rational thinking brain) and your inner resources.
Q: Will I be manipulated to say or do things I do not want to?
A: It has been scientifically proven that a person cannot be made to do things that are against his/her value system.
Q: Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
A: In the history of hypnosis, this has never happened.
Hypnotherapy is not passive but a cooperation between the therapist and the client. It is widely different to entertainment hypnosis.
Time and Cost
A session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. They are conducted in person, via Zoom, or over the phone. Typically you need to commit to approximately 3 to 6 sessions per issue. You can decide the frequency of these sessions.
The cost for one session is £105.
If you are ready to create a more fulfilling life for yourself or you want to improve your performance contact me so we can discuss how I can help you achieve it.