Dear Dr Kraft
I need to speak to you about my performance anxiety. I am a trombone player and I play regularly at festivals and concerts throughout the year. The work that I do pays the bills, but it is the solo work that I enjoy the most and it also pays well. But when I get to the venue I get so anxious that I can’t perform well. Now, it has got worse. My performance anxiety affects me the day before, and start developing panic symptoms a whole day before the event. I get moody. My heart begins to race, the palms for my hands get sweaty (I understand that this is called hyperhidrosis__I have looked on Google), and I am out of control. Apart from when I am asleep, which incidentally take a long time, these feelings build up and get worse and worse. When I arrive at the concert venue, I become so stressed that I begin to shake. I can’t hold a pen let alone a trombone. My sister said that I should get help, and see someone who specializes in performance anxiety hypnotherapy, and someone who does it in London. I live in West London and I need to see somebody in London because of my work.
I perform all over the place, but most of the rehearsals are in central London. Can you see me soon? I have a really important gig in Basingstoke and I have been learning this piece of music for several months now. It is really important. I also understand that performance anxiety hypnotherapy is long lasting and continues to grow on its own. Is that correct?
I can certainly see you. Please give me a ring on 0207 467 8564. Hypnotherapy, combined with counselling and/or psychotherapy, are together very powerful in treatment and the effects are long lasting. I tend to give suggestions such as, ‘the process of becoming more and more confident…..grows inside of you stronger and stronger as time passes’ . This is very useful during the hypnotherapy.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Dr David Kraft is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in private practice. He uses psychodynamic psychotherapy in conjunction with hypnosis and has a great deal of success in the treatment of performance anxiety. He is also a trained musician and he has found this helpful when treating classical and pop performers. Dr Kraft has also help to treat professional sports players. Dr Kraft is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a full member of BSCAH and a member of the Section of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine of the RSM; he is also on the General Hypnotherapy Register. For appointments, please ring 0207 467 8564.