Transforming Performance Anxiety Treatment: Using Cognitive Hypnotherapy and EMDR offers a much needed and different approach to this issue, using two psychodynamic therapies which work to bring about rapid and long-lasting change.

Using nine reflexive case studies, the author examines two little used interventions, cognitive hypnotherapy (CH) and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR). The basic theories of cognitive anxiety and the emotions that underpin this condition are explored. The principles and protocols of CH and EMDR are explained, and how these psychodynamic therapies are adapted to effect permanent change.

The first book to examine these treatments for this condition, Transforming Performance Anxiety Treatment will be of interest for practitioners and therapists in training, as well as educators, professionals, and therapists working within competitive sports.

part I|31 pages

Performance anxiety and the use of psychodynamic interventions

chapter 1|9 pages

Exploring performance anxiety

Challenging the dogma of preferred therapies in current use

chapter 2|10 pages

Cognitive hypnotherapy

Changing negativity and anxiety

chapter 3|10 pages

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing

Transforming trauma and the emotional mind

part II|98 pages

Nine case studies

chapter 4|5 pages

Reflective case studies

Method and procedure

chapter 5|12 pages

ADHD, perfectionism and fear of failure

A link to music performance anxiety?

chapter 6|9 pages

Scepticism regarding treatment for piano performance

Why randomly selected therapy may not work

chapter 7|9 pages

An adult beginner’s fears

The spectre of a piano examination

chapter 8|9 pages

Letting others down in clarinet performance

Ghosts from the past

chapter 9|9 pages

Trauma when singing in a performance situation

The past need not predict the future

chapter 10|8 pages

Anxiety in the sports arena

The one-incident trigger

chapter 11|12 pages

IBS and anxiety at work and in the sports arena

A life-changing experience post-therapy

chapter 12|9 pages

Confidence in presentations

Hypnotherapy makes it so

chapter 13|10 pages

Presentations no longer feared post-therapy

An exciting experience

chapter 14|4 pages

Future directions

The future is not set in stone