Coaching for performing, creating and living authentically
Who is an artist who can’t be themselves on stage?
As a stage performer it can feel as though your whole identity is defined by what you do. When you perform well, you feel great. When it doesn’t go well or life throws up challenges, you might start to doubt yourself and become insecure.
Life happens off stage and yet the show must go on. But what if you suffer injury, illness, loss, trauma, stress or anxiety?
The stage takes no prisoners. The pressure to stay on top of your game is huge. When your success, reputation, livelihood and enjoyment of performance are under threat, addiction dependency often seems like the only way out.
Depression and anxiety can lead some performers to give up altogether, or even lose the will to live. This is a huge tragedy which can be prevented.
I believe that to perform is to be human. It is an expression of who you are in your truest essence. Trying to define yourself by what you do is a losing battle.
Imagine if you could be yourself with no apology, and feel at home on stage whatever the circumstances. You would express yourself in performance without holding back. You would deal with the pressures of a performing career and weather life’s storms with strength and resilience.
How would it feel to know that you no longer have to put on an act or be superhuman anymore? You can be truly valued for who you are, and the art you bring into the world, just by being human, and by being yourself.
I can help you to be that person.
“Hello, I’m Christina. It’s my mission to raise awareness of mental health issues within the performing arts industries, and to provide a remarkable solution which not only supports artists in the pressures to thrive and succeed at the highest level, but frees them to be unapologetically themselves on stage.”
Qualifications and training:
- Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy & Master Practitioner of NLP – The Quest Institute
- BMus, LRAM – (double bass performance) – Royal Academy of Music & The Juilliard School
- LTCL (piano performance)
- Registered with the National Council for Hypnotherapy, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council and the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s association
Why work with me?
Not so long ago, as a professional freelance musician I had reached burnout. I was feeling so out of place doing what I thought I was born to do. Now I realise I had just lost my way, and needed some guidance to get back on track.
Performance anxiety, pain, lack of confidence, boredom, insecurity, lack of money were all signs that I wasn’t living authentically. I wasn’t being completely true to myself. What I didn’t realise was that there was a way to feel truly fulfilled and confident doing what I love. I could be successful and make an impact on the world, in a way which fits perfectly with who I am. I realised that would come from embracing who I truly am both on and off the stage.
I was always interested in psychology and neuroscience, and knew I wanted to make an impact in the lives of others. At the intersection of these passions and my struggles, my coaching business was born.
I want to help you to find the confidence to be bold and stand out from the crowd if that’s your thing, or to quietly step into the person you know deep down is the real you, with the belief that it’s OK to be you and to express yourself freely. That person is just brimming with positivity, confidence, authenticity, self-assuredness and truly fulfilled in life.
Be open to the journey and the results can transform your life. I can’t wait to help you shine!
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