Therapy for Creatives + Performers
Therapy For Creatives
If you are a creative person, it’s not uncommon for your emotions to play a very important, critical role in your life. But, if mental health issues have you neglecting your health, and you’re starting to lose interest or concentration on your art, it’s time to take a look at what’s going on inside.
You should not have to sacrifice your well-being in order to pursue and express your creativity.
Maybe too many old, deeper issues and memories are getting in the way of expressing your true self and being the best you can be creatively? Therapy can help you work this out.
Therapy can help you identify the exact issues that are holding you back and provide tools so you can be your best, most creative self. There are excellent therapies such as EMDR and neurofeedback that can expedite the therapeutic process so you can find relief quickly and without years of therapy.
Therapy For Creatives - What Is It & How I Can Help
If everyday life is getting complicated, whether it be anxiety management, finances, relationship issues, or stress, therapy for actors, musicians, writers, artists, influencers and dancers can help. When we work together, I help you identify your strengths and harness them to improve your life.
As you begin to understand your unique creative flow, we can work together to enhance your creativity while restoring balance to your life. Once we know where your creativity comes from, we can discuss the skills and techniques you will need to start being more productive. Both your private life and your work life can thrive without you exhausting yourself.
And many people in Hollywood reach points in their career where the pressure becomes too much. Writer’s strikes, the pandemic, harsh criticism and judgment all add up. You may feel like it’s time to explore a new identity or career path. How can you do this without shutting down your true self?
We can work on all of this in therapy and more. Below are some of the most common ways I have worked with creatives over the past 30 years. Being born and raised in southern California, I understand the lifestyle and limitations of Hollywood. If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, identity, career transitions or trauma, I would love to help you.
Dealing with Rejection
Dealing with rejection is a classic Hollywood challenge. Everyone is told “no” a lot. And, it can bring up really old, even childhood issues when left unmanaged. Anxiety, perfectionism, and crippling self-doubt can really put a stop to your creative process, resulting in creative blocks, failed auditions, and lost opportunities. Even body image issues can resurface.
When you don’t have a process to manage rejection, overtime it causes you to lose confidence in yourself. The mounting pressure to “get over it” and “move on” can feel insurmountable. Creative people can start to dread their own creative expression, feeling harshly judged, uninspired and burned out.
Rejection can feel like a criticism of who you are. Then, continuing to pursue your art just feels too vulnerable. Therapy for artists can help you move through these feelings so you come out on the other side.
It’s wonderful when your audience values your work. However, putting yourself out there opens you up to those who will also judge your work and have no problem saying whatever they think! You can feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster, feeling validated and understood one minute, then drained, inadequate and exposed the next minute. Sometimes, feeling this angst and pressure can motivate creative people to create their best work. But dealing with the stress of it can be terrible for your health. With so many pressures that are associated with success and prosperity, as well as failure, you have to learn to navigate unique challenges. Therapy, EMDR and neurofeedback can help you set boundaries, work on your relationship with money, deal with difficult people and manage stress. That way, you don’t take it out on yourself or loved ones. As you get better and better at dealing with stressors, your self-esteem will improve. As you feel better about yourself, both your personal and professional relationships will strengthen.
It is common for people with ADHD & learning disorders (LD) to be highly creative and have higher-than-average intelligence. You have very special strengths to offer the world. Unfortunately, you probably often feel misunderstood. Therapy can support visual thinking & creativity, which help you build and use your unique skills. Common ADHD/LD challenges include buzzing thoughts, thinking differently, feeling disorganized, losing motivation, procrastination, feeling bored, daydreaming, inability to focus and not feeling smart enough or good enough.
Peak performance refers to a level of exceptional functioning where you perform at your highest level while feeling self-confident, focused and immersed ‘in the zone’. When things get in the way of achieving peak performance, therapy can provide support, skills and understanding. Tools like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing EMDR and neurofeedback are very helpful. These methods improve attention and concentration, self-confidence, self-regulation, resiliency, imagery, and arousal level and decrease depression, worry and rumination. The benefits of these methods result in improved performance in your creative endeavors.
What you might not realize is that ADHD/LD also provides you with incredible super-powers! When we work together, we identify your unique strengths and talents so that you can accept and appreciate yourself. This is the formula that sets you up for success and gives you the stamina and fortitude to handle criticism and rejection as you pursue your craft.
Dealing With Difficult People
Getting better at dealing with difficult people can improve self-esteem. There is a difference between being aggressive and learning to be assertive. You can learn communication techniques that will help you and therefore, improve your anxiety and depression.
I Will Teach You The Techniques & Skills Required To Get Back On Track
What Does The Creative Therapy Process Look Like?
Therapy For Creatives: Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ’s)
Therapy is a very useful tool for actors. It helps you notice and identify what you are feeling and understand yourself at a deep level. This will help you have deeper insight as you develop your characters.
Mental health issues can get in the way, so therapy will bring healing so you can be your best self. This enhances self-esteem, builds confidence and helps you advocate for yourself and feel more self-assured. You want to give your best performance, avoiding intrusive mental health issues that keep you from achieving your goals
Get Help Today
My therapy practice is located in California and I see clients in my Santa Monica and Torrance offices. If you’re looking for help, please reach out to me. I do not have a wait list and can schedule clients quickly. My practice is cash-based which means I do not accept insurance at this time.
You can reach me directly at 310-314-6933 or email me at email@example.com. If you are in a true emergency, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text NSPL at 988.