It's difficult to find specific help from professionals familiar enough with the life of a musician. That's what I need*
of an Artist
The life of an artist, though immensely meaningful and exciting, can also be exceptionally challenging. Study shows, that music artists, more than other professionals are exposed to depression, anxiety and stress. For instance, a survey with professional musicians in UK shows that in their lifetime around 66% musicians experience depression or other psychological problems, 74% struggle with performance anxiety, 65% experience loneliness, and 61% have relationship problems (2014, Health and well-being survey by Help Musicians UK)
All over the world artists struggle with challenges related to:
personal character of the artistic products
high performance expectations
sensitivity and unbalanced emotional stimulation
pressure on expressing a strong identity
no objective standards for evaluation of artistic projects
limited creative productivity
lack of motivation and inspiration
irregular schedule of the performer
and many other non art-life related subjects
Sadness, frustration and performance-related stress can sometimes have a productive value in creative processes. Nevertheless, they can quickly become limiting, unhealthy and dysfunctional. If you experience that negative thoughts, feelings or behavioural habits have an impact on your work or life-satisfaction, it might be a very good idea to work on them together with a psychologst. Therapy with a psychologist helps to establish a healthy relation to the vulnerability, where the artist can profit from it without suffering. The therapeutic process is about achieving balance in life - individually and together with others. It's about getting more out of life.
The last 10 years I have been working with musicians, artists, dancers, actors, directors, composers, songwriters, both in an artistic-work context, and from a psychological perspective. In 2010 I finished a master thesis in psychology, on mental health among jazz musicians. I am also an active artist myself, working with modern improvised music - in 2016 I graduated from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen with a master degree in music performance.
Many artists feel misunderstood and lonely when they reach for professional help. Therefore a therapist with a broad understanding and passion for creative processes, dynamics in the art society, and challenges of a performing artist can be an invaluable adventage.
In my work I'm striving for helping artists to improve their individual situation, no matter if the difficulties are related to their work as artists, their personal or social life. My primary goal is to help them understand themselves and the situation better, to reach their personal goals or figure out what their goals are.
Individual therapy session ( 55 min. ) - 1100kr