The problem of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a condition that can affect mental health, sometimes in quite severe ways. It’s hard to ignore and there’s no current cure for the condition. Therapy can help people to manage their symptoms and the associated frustration and depression that can result from this debilitating condition. Stress is thought to make tinnitus worse therefore if therapy can help you with stress then it can have an impact on the tinnitus also.

Here are some recent articles about tinnitus:

Help Musicians UK

Refinery 29 article about the film ‘A star is born’

The distress of tinnitus and its effect on musician Isobel Anderson

A Norwegian study of Tinnitus, Anxiety and Depression in rock musicians

Choosing a therapist

Who, What, How?

There are so many different types of therapists; counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychological therapists, addiction therapists, and of course psychiatrists who are not really therapists but medical doctors who specialise in psychiatric (mental health) disorders. It’s confusing but I’d like to guide you through this.

Who should I see?

It’s important that the therapist you see is governed by a professional body so that you can be sure they work to a code of practice and are professionally qualified. These are the main professional bodies and links to how to find therapists who are registered with them:-

British Psychological Society (BPS) – Governs Psychologists. To find a Chartered Psychologist who specialises in psychotherapy, look here.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). The leading organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland. The main Accrediting and Membership body for CBT Psychotherapists. To find a CBT Therapist look here.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The Accrediting body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. To find a Counsellor or Psychotherapist look here.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The main body for the regulation and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. To find a psychotherapist look here.

EMDR Association UK and Ireland. The accrediting body for EMDR Therapists. To search for an EMDR Therapist look here.

National Counselling Society (NCS). Regulates and Accredits Counsellors in the UK. To find a counsellor look here.

A positive example of an open approach to mental health in the music industry

This discussion between Ellie Giles, who manages Bill Ryder-Jones, and Ryan Bassil gives a positive example of how to manage mental health in the music industry. Ellie is honest about her own limits and clear with her own self care so that she can be present when needed for her artist. She briefly discusses the mental health difficulties that her artist struggles with, and how she and the label manage this. The key points for me are:

  • Being kind to yourself, and to others
  • Look after yourself and put your self care first so that you can be more present for others
  • Know your limits and don’t be afraid to seek help
  • Keep clear boundaries – don’t be ‘on-call’ all the time

That’s how we’re going to move forward: be kind to yourself, then be kind to others.

Ellie Giles

Read the complete article here: How to Approach Mental Health as a Band or Artist Manager – Noisey

Self help Apps

There are so many apps out there for self help so I thought I’d make a list of the ones that my clients have mentioned or that have been mentioned by colleagues. I’m also trying out one myself at the moment and hope to add to this list. I have no affiliation with any of these apps by the way. They are purely the ones that I would feel safe recommending to clients or providers that I work with.

Buddhify – useful mindfulness app with realistic short chunks and a wheel with lots of different choices depending on which situation you are in.

Pacifica – a good all round CBT app, useful for helping to catch thoughts and feelings and check in throughout the day.

Silver Cloud – an online CBT program with modules that you can work through that help to give you lots of in-depth info about particular issues.

Headspace – the established favourite of the mindfulness apps.

Sleepio – a great app which discussed the evidence base behind sleep difficulties.

Catch it – developed jointly between the University of Liverpool and University of Manchester this is a great app for checking in with your mood and noting down what was happening at the time.

Which apps have you used that have been helpful?