One of the big issues we deal with as singers is performance anxiety. I am amazed at the multiplicity of ways that singers try to resolve it, only to discover that it can become bigger than ever. I know because I am not only a voice trainer but a singer myself. Having worked with singers since the early 1980’s. I know that anxiety is an issue for lots of us. Perhaps it’s due to the pressure of competition, or because of self-esteem issues. For me, I had low self-esteem and it is something that I have had to come to terms with in order to deal with it. Whatever reason your anxiety exists, it can be debilitating and prevent us from doing what we love which is singing in for an audience.
As a voice trainer and psychotherapist, I have sought many approaches to helping singers with they anxiety and fear. Breathing techniques, hypnosis, EMDR trauma therapy, T’ai Chi, HeartMath, and various other contemplative exercise systems. Nothing has been so effective across the widest spectrum of debilitating emotions as an advanced form of neurofeedback called NeurOptimal®. Why?
I have been working as a therapist since 1982 with people in the performing arts, most of that time in New York City. What I discovered through time, with all those people hour after hour, year after year was that there are habits that our brain gets into that causes our own suffering states. No matter how kind and compassionate you are, not matter how much you talk about and unpack the issues, and process them, there is still a level you cannot access because that is the nature of unresolved traumatic stress or unresolved fear. It is self protective. You cannot get to it, and in fact you can make it stronger is you are not careful. It is that defended but on an subconscious level.
So I continued seeking ways to help those who were suffering, which was preventing them from enjoying their life and work, no matter what they did. It is when I met Dr. Valdeane & Susan Cheshire Brown of the Zengar Institute of Canada that I was able to help a wider percentage of people stop suffering. Anxiety is probably the number one issue I help them resolve. And we do not need to talk about it, or remember pasts incidents, or learn coping skills to manage it. All I have to do is feedback to the client’s brain its energy fluctuations in real time and the brain knows how to stop producing its own suffering. It is an energy conserving system, a complex adaptive system capable of big shifts if given the right information about itself. It simply needs this information to recognize that it is wasting energy.
Outcome: Anxiety is reduced and the brain retains the learning because that is the science of neuroplasticity. Our brains can learn and change throughout the lifespan. Read more am my neurofeedback website: boulderneurofeedback.com
Call me with any questions. I am happy to share what I know with you.