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Psychotherapy and Musicians

Psychotherapy and Musicians

It has often been said that musicians are complicated people with deep wells of emotions which music becomes their outlet. Over the centuries, we have heard the stories of the psychological issues which surrounded people like Wolfgang Mozart all the way up to artists like Amy Winehouse.

Whilst there has been anecdotal evidence of the mental health issues of musicians, according to recent research undertaken in Norway, it appears that musicians are more inclined to seek out psychotherapy than members of the general public. The implications of this are fascinating.

This  research leads one to wonder if musicians have a greater preponderance of neurosis or anxiety or is it that musicians are more more likely to seek out help? In my own practice have worked with many professional musicians for issues relating to anxiety and performance and have found them to be generally well focused and determined clients who put a great deal of work into their therapeutic health.

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