WPTA Performance Psychology
transforming musicians’ mental health
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Leading The Way In Psychological Support And Development For Classical Musicians
WPTA Performance Psychology is a world-leading membership association for the transformation and development of musicians’ mental health. We provide ongoing psychological support and development for classical musicians to help you navigate the challenges of a musical career, overcome psychological barriers, elevate your performance and reignite your passion and drive for music. We work with musicians at all levels, from amateur through to students, professionals and high-profile concert soloists and conductors.
How We Help
Stress and anxiety
Dealing with anxiety, performance anxiety and managing stress
Addictions and depression
Overcoming addiction and depression
pain and injury
Improving and managing pain and injury
Creating and developing your own opportunities, improving confidence
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Developing the confidence to be a leader
Our President Christina Cooper shares her personal experience of mental health challenges as a professional musician, and how this led her on a bold and impassioned mission to change the face of mental health in the classical music industry.
A bold mission
It’s our mission to transform musicians’ mental health. WPTA Performance Psychology membership provides a strong international network within a central hub comprising access to top-level professional psychological support and development. We offer help in all aspects of performance psychology and mental health: from performance anxiety, injury, stress, depression and addiction, through to career development, entrepreneurism and innovation.
Mental health challenges are normal, no matter what level you’re at. We believe every musician should be given the chance to fulfil their greatest potential. We’re making it our mission to help musicians enjoy a highly rewarding and successful career in music without feeling restricted or held back by psychological challenges.
A Message From Our President
Let’s face it, being a classical musician in today’s world is not easy. Political and cultural instability can create further challenges, causing musicians to battle stress, anxiety and depression, with burnout becoming almost inevitable. It’s particularly difficult for our youngest musicians who are just starting out and have hopes of pursuing and sustaining a successful and rewarding career. More than ever, musicians need preventative help and ongoing support.
Mental health maintenance and development need to become a priority over the long term, in the same way that we prioritise physical health. Musicians need to be able to trust their own mental resilience in order to overcome the challenges of creating and sustaining a career in classical music. WPTA Performance Psychology provides just that framework of support. We help musicians to clear the mental noise of their head and strengthen the foundations of their psychology so that they can find their own mental capacity to face challenges and thrive, rather than be held back. We aim to make mental health a number one priority for musicians and a solid base for musical excellence right from the start.
Furthermore, with support and provision for the arts suffering in many countries around the world, it’s now essential for every musician to be able to wear many different hats and it has become imperative for the next generation and future generations of musicians to push classical music forward so that it can continue to evolve and prosper among cultures of the world. More and more, musicians are expected to show entrepreneurial thinking in how they approach their career and are encouraged to branch out and broaden their skills.
We help our musicians to contribute to this wider vision in the sustainable future of classical music by helping to create the best possible circumstances for them to thrive. We help our members to not only regain balance over their mental health, but develop their mind as a powerful tool which can propel them forwards and help them forge ahead in their musical career.