Are You A Performer Or Creative?

Being a performer or creator can take its toll.


Let's face it, the working conditions aren't great. Hours are anti-social. Touring separates you from your friends and loved ones. It's exhausting and isolating.


And it's so competitive. It can feel like you have to keep running just to stand still. 


There's constant critical feedback. It seems like there's always somebody judging you - auditions, reviewers, colleagues, the audience - and of course you. Who's more critical of you than you are?


It's relentless and stressful. No wonder you're frazzled.


You want to love doing this again.


You want recognition for the great work you do.


You want your relationships to be strong enough to handle when you work away, so they are still there for you on your return.


You want to stop suffering from debilitating fear before a show. Instead, you want to feel excited!


You want a work life balance. You want to be a performer when working, but to just be you when you're not. You don't want to be "on" all the time.


You want to care less about the inevitable critics. You want to end that constant fear of judgement and enjoy your work.


You're doing your best


You do your best to cope with it all. You lean on your friends. They're supportive, but you worry that you put on them too much - so you feel guilty.


Maybe you've tried things like meditation, relaxation techniques, yoga or body work. Maybe you've tried sport or exercise.


And they help a bit, but not enough to stop these feelings.


You've maybe seen your doctor. But let's be honest, people outside of this life don't fully get it. And you can't open up to those inside because the competition is so fierce. It doesn't feel safe to admit your insecurities.


So you bottle them up. Maybe you drink to help you unwind. But you know that's not a long term answer.

 

You're not sure what to do


You're scared that you'll burn out. Or break down. And then what?


You feel anxious and exhausted. Maybe even discouraged. 


And you feel like you're on your own.


I totally get it


I was a professional performer for 12 years myself. I understand.


So here's the good news.


You're not alone. What you're going through is totally normal. A quarter of professional performers have sought counselling help for these same kind of feelings.


The business is such that 2 in every 3 performers are actively taking steps right now to protect themselves from the impact of performance life.


Performers and creatives are sensitive, wonderful souls.


It is part of what makes us so artistically powerful. And part of why we need to take good care of ourselves too.


I specialise in working with creatives and performers.


Each of these unique challenges that you face as a performer can be overcome.


I know that there are many incredible approaches that work particularly well with performers and creatives like you - without medication, and without delving into painful childhood memories.


I'd like to help. Give me a call or text, or click the button below to book your first session.

Call or text on 07889 787306

Services

Face To Face

I offer one to one counselling in person at my therapy rooms in Liverpool City Centre.


The rooms are very comfortable and relaxing.


Sessions last for 55 minutes.

Online

Do you live some distance from my therapy rooms? Are you nearby but travelling isn't a good option for you?


I offer one to one online video counselling using Skype.


Sessions last for 55 minutes.

FAQ

Are you going to take me into the depths of childhood trauma?


No. Absolutely not. But you're right to worry about this. Many therapists do believe that it's essential to delve deep into childhood. 


I don't work that way. I've long held the view that healing is possible without that. In many cases, going into past trauma actually makes people even more upset, and can cause damage.


Of course, if you want to share something from the past, you can. And I'll give you the time and attention you need. Sometimes we need to get things off our chest. You're free to do that.


That aside, I'll be staying in the present and helping you build the future that you want.


So therapy won't be traumatic and upsetting then?


No. Sometimes feelings can come up. And it's a safe place for that. But in the main, my clients find that therapy with me is uplifting and enjoyable. It sounds strange, but there's far more smiles and laughter than tears.


My expectation is that you'll find counselling with me exciting not upsetting. 


But does that get results?


Yes. It's very effective. There's been lots of clinical studies into the approach I use. Not only has it been shown to be effective, but is usually faster too.


Will you be telling me to take anti depressants?


No. We'll be doing "talking therapy." We'll have conversations that I hope will turn out to be so useful for you that your life changes for the better. 


Will you be analysing what's wrong with me as a person?


Yikes no. We'll be using what's right with you to make change in your life. You already have amazing personal qualities, and strategies that have worked for you in the past. You've gotten this far after all. There will be things you want to change of course, but I start from the standpoint that you're already pretty incredible. So we'll start there. That's a far more useful approach, and more effective too. 


Will you be telling me that I'm going mad?


No. People often fear they are going mad when things begin to feel too much. What you're experiencing is almost certainly very normal given what you've been through. 


Will you be telling me what to do and checking up that I've done it?


No. If I did, it wouldn't help you that much. The idea of "one size fits all" therapy may still be practised, but I don't believe in it. You're an individual. What works for some won't work for you, and vice versa. You need something tailor made to who you are. We'll figure that out together - and what we come up with will be much more likely to get results for you.


What's the first step to get started?


Give me a call or send a text to book your first session. Then we can meet up either at my therapy rooms or on Skype (an internet video platform). Once we've met you'll know if I'm someone you'd like to keep working with.

 

My number is 07889 787306 or you can email me at [email protected]


Or you can click the button below to book your first session straight away.


Call or text on 07889 787306

About Al

When I was a child I witnessed my parents be attacked. It left me with some difficulties that stayed with me into adult life.


Eventually, I decided it would be useful to get some therapy. It helped me enjoy life more and make the changes I needed to.


I decided to train to be a therapist myself so I could help others in the same way.


Before I was a therapist, I was a professional musician and songwriter. I still perform and make records in my spare time. 


Friends would say I'm approachable and easy to talk to, and that I love to be with people.


I've the best job in the world, helping people during difficult times to come out the other side. I'd like to meet you and see how I can help.


Book Your Session

If you think I might be the counsellor for you, let's meet for your first session.

Once we've met you'll have a better idea if I'm someone you'd like to keep working with.


Click the button below to book your first session

Call or text on 07889 787306

CONTACT ME

Let's get started. It's easy to reach me.


Call me on 07889 787306

Send me a text on 07889 787306

Send me an email on [email protected]


Or click the button below to book your session automatically.


I look forward to helping you.

Call or text on 07889 787 306

Alun is in advanced clinical training with a clinical endorsement to practice. He is a member of the UK Association for Solution Focused Practice (UKASFP) and serves as a board member on its national committee. He is a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). He is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.