October 28, 2018

Often when I work with clients who are struggling with the overwhelm of the music industry (in particular touring) I find my own experience to be an invaluable resource. The blog below was written in 2010 whilst in the middle of releases and a hectic touring schedule....

October 25, 2018

Being a musician; Being a musician in the commercial environment vs being a musician in the professional environment.

Combining my work as a therapist and as a DIY (and major label) musician has provided me with great experiential insight into the tensions that build.

I...

October 6, 2018

As a professional musician and therapist I am always drawn to the media hype around the subject. When I started ‘Music & Mind’ there was little interest in the correlation between being a musician in the commercial music industry and the impact on mental health. I came...

March 13, 2018

Music and evolution

I have often wondered how we as humans have come to engage, use and need music.

Many of our human traits evolved because they solved problems of survival or reproduction, but how does music fit into this? From an evolutionary-reproductive position, mu...

March 4, 2018

I have recently been exploring the impact of how we attach to our care givers from an early age. From reading the literature and research surrounding ‘attachments’ there is a proven theory that we all fall into one or some of the defined categories. These categories ar...

November 23, 2017

Crowd funding and the need to ask for help.

I was recently involved in a conversation about being able to ask for help when it was needed. 

Asking for help has always been a cultural taboo for myself and countless others I’m sure.

Maybe it’s all part of the autonomy of be...

October 3, 2017

I was recently asked about the possibility of partnering up with the brilliant ‘We are Hummingbird’. Hummingbird provide a platform for bands to create a playlist and talk a about their own experience in music and mental health. I initially didn’t understand the concep...

October 1, 2017

This weekend I was invited to attend an NA open meeting in East London as a psychotherapist. I sat and listened to the gritty realism of the shares and was struck by the contrast between the ‘powerlessness’ of the fellows and the existential position I inhabit in the N...

August 24, 2017

A career in music….Are you mad?

As a professional musician and a psychotherapist I’m lucky enough to have some unique psychological insight into both the desire to be, and stress in being.

From my continued research into popular musicians lives I sometimes struggle to re...

April 10, 2017

Last month I was asked to take part in a panel to discuss mental health in the music industry.

The panel was set up by Help Musicians UK, a charity based in London who specialise in helping musicians with a variety of needs. I was invited on the panel as a professional...

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