Interview on Creativity and Parenting

I recently was interviewed by FamilyApp about my career, creativity, counseling, and parenting. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did! Vocal Beginnings When did you first want to be a singer?  Apparently, I was singing long before I can remember....
The Truth About Creative Expression

The Truth About Creative Expression

I was recently interviewed on John Henry Sheridan’s podcast about creative expression, including whether I thought it was imperative for a well-lived life. I do. But I don’t necessarily think of it in the usual way. I’d venture that what comes to mind for most of us...
Achieving Personal Peace and Vocal Freedom

Achieving Personal Peace and Vocal Freedom

When I was younger, I tried to find peace by being “not anxious.” Rising in the morning, I would check in with myself and breathe a sigh of relief when anxiety was at bay, marveling at its absence. But, soon, I would feel the tingles of anxiety’s...

Vocal Issues #4: Acid Reflux and Mindset

I receive many emails each week, but none so frequently– and impassioned– as those about acid reflux. It is an increasingly problematic issue for singers, rearing its head at the worst, and often most important times in our careers. I’ve written articles about reflux...

About My Practice

I was recently interviewed by a counseling graduate student at New York University about my work and, specifically, the therapeutic aspects of my practice. I hope you find our conversation interesting.   Please describe the work that you do and the setting in...

Managing Performance Anxiety

I was speaking with a client yesterday about her desire to overcome the performance anxiety she feels before speaking in public and presenting workshops. As a well-known art therapist, she feels particularly frustrated and even embarrassed that she—someone who focuses...
Farewell, Painful Heels and Notes

Farewell, Painful Heels and Notes

As the world well knows, Taylor Swift recently released sister records “Folklore” and “Evermore,” doubly thrilling her millions of fans. And the records are beautiful. Unlike her earlier releases, which were more produced, these are stripped down and raw. The...

Vocal Monogamy

Vocalists—and artists of every kind—are in a ménage à trois of sorts. There’s us, and our voices… … and then there is that voice. You know the one I am talking about. The critical know-it-all in our heads that is quick to criticize; the perfectionist and control freak...

You Are Your Own Best Teacher

I have been working with a singer with a beautiful voice. And a beautiful mind. Yet unfortunately, that mind has been working against her instrument. So have years of training that encouraged an intellectual and compartmentalized approach to all things vocal. Support,...

Sing Before You Sightread

Sight reading is not as common of a skill as it used to be. While classical and theater singers still rely heavily on sheet music, commercial vocalists often learn songs by example and imitation. Jazz, pop and R&B instrumentalists work with chord and number charts...

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