Performance Anxiety Support Group
Wednesdays 5:00pm – 6:15pm
Do you shake, get butterflies, or suffer from dry mouth before performances? Does your heart rate go up and your confidence and great ideas disappear before presentations? One of the worst effects of stage fright is the way it can isolate us and lead us to the notion that our suffering is uniquely extreme.
You are not alone! Stage fright is a common phenomenon experienced by musicians, athletes, executives, therapists, and anyone else who endeavors to engage in something that will be experienced and potentially evaluated by others.
A therapy group is a powerful context in which to learn about performance anxiety, process your experiences, gain a greater understanding of what is underneath your stage fright, begin to heal, and move towards a more adaptive and functional relationship with performance anxiety. Many find that what they saw as their greatest weakness becomes an invaluable asset and that exploring the deep inner conflicts driving stage fright leads to satisfying, confident, and brilliant performances.
We will learn together what performance anxiety is, what drives it, and what we can do about it. Additionally, we will share experiences and take a deep dive into the meanings we have assigned to those experiences. This safe, supportive environment will serve as a locus of healing and growth. The ultimate goals are to shift your perspective and support you in striving towards being the performer you want to be!
Facilitators: Scott Macomber
Bio: Scott Macomber has been an MFT trainee at The Liberation Institute since January of 2022. He attends the California School of Professional Psychology and will graduate later this year with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Also a full-time orchestral trumpet player, chamber musician, recording artist, and educator, Scott graduated from Northwestern University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with degrees in Music. Scott has been helping performers overcome stage fright and give their best performances for over 25 years.
Supervisor Name: Adina Ascher, LCSW 28900
Who this group is for: Anyone interested. No prerequisites
How many weeks will the group run for: 12 weeks