The Music Industry Therapist Collective believes that those working in the industry need access to high quality psychotherapy from registered and experienced psychotherapists who also have an in-depth inside understanding of how the industry works. We are a collective of therapists with an abundance of experience of working within and around the industry in various roles across all sectors. We have extensive experience of working with mental health and addiction; from high-end treatment centres to the NHS.
We understand that the working conditions of the music industry can exacerbate preexisting psychological difficulties as well as sow the seeds for new challenges. We believe that the music industry is home to many vulnerable people who are drawn to a sense of community as well as to the cathartic outlet music can provide.
The music industry is an unpredictable and highly competitive environment, with many stressful elements to negotiate including: touring; career uncertainty and transitions; burnout; depression; boundary management; the pressure to gain and maintain success; self-doubt; performance/social/financial anxiety; weathering negative critique; addiction; the pressure on outside relationships; unsociable working hours; sexual assault, trauma and rape; conflict management and difficulties within industry relationships; loneliness and isolation, to name a few. Each therapist in MITC has their own unique music industry experience and psychotherapy specialisms to help provide the best care possible for our client.
- To provide access to high quality psychotherapy to those working within the music industry.
- To provide a safe, confidential, trustworthy and culturally-sensitive space for clients to share, understand and process their experiences leading to increased self-awareness, resilience, self-compassion and self-agency.
- To collaborate, pooling our clinical expertise in order to provide insight into the myriad psychological difficulties facing the music industry today.
- To increase our knowledge of these issues through our clinical work and surveys, allowing us to produce informed guides, best practice documents, workshops, podcasts and blogs.
- To support each other as solo workers in the field through regular meetings and peer-supervision.
- To help alleviate the mental health issues which are faced by those within the music industry.
- To change perceptions around mental health and the music industry
- To promote a trauma-informed approach to mental health within the industry.
- To tackle some of the barriers that prevent people from getting help – stigma, prejudice and ignorance.
Tamsin Embleton – Touring and Mental Health
After 6 years of research into the psychological impact of touring; 3 years of writing and editing; 80 interviews, 30 chapters, 640 pages – @tamsinembleton’s Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manuel is finally out. It is available globally on Amazon, and in the UK from Waterstones, @roughtrade and @omnibuspress.
Get your copy here.