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Performing Arts Psychology

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Performing Arts Psychology Helps With:

  • Anticipatory Anxiety
  • Concentration
  • Focus
  • Mental Clarity
  • Physical Calm
  • Performance Slumps

Performing Arts Psychology is the interface between psychology and the performing artist. In recent years, it also includes neuroscience. There is now a division in the American Psychological Association entitled Neuroscience and Psychology in Performing Arts.

Performing Arts Psychology deals with the neurological and psychological factors associated with participation and performance in such areas as dance, music, acting, theatrics, television, radio, and public speaking.

Diane was trained in performing arts psychology at Boston University. Prior to and during that time she, was a performing artist, singing and playing in coffee houses to put herself through college.

Dr. Diane® is a neuropsychologist, board certified sports psychologist, board certified health psychologist and is published in the field of hypnosis, neurofeedback and brain injury. She has worked extensively with performers at a broad range of levels and abilities, including ballroom competitive dancers, ballet dancers, television professionals, and professional speakers to help them achieve their highest goals.

Three Main Objectives:


In performing arts your mind needs to be relaxed, while your body is alert. In dealing with anticipatory anxiety, teaching internal methods to control the autonomic nervous system through such internal methods as hypnosis, HRV (Heart Rate Variability) breathing, and TFT (Thought Field Therapy) a form of Energy Psychology. In conjunction, CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) helps to re-educate how you think about the event.


In Performing Arts it is extremely important maintain focus and concentration which are needed to remember your lines in a play or the lyrics of a sound. In choreography to stay focused on the moves, especially in a dance routine with a partner. These factors are essential to performing before a live audience, because each audience has its own personality and responsiveness. Also, as an actor, who is portraying a character, it is important to sustain that character and the emotions being conveyed.


Being able to adapt to daily or nightly performance or situation and weather conditions are other main factors. Performing Arts psychology helps you easily adapt to delays in transportation, which may affect your arrival and lack of rehearsal for a performance. Not to mention, illness or equipment failure.

As a professional speaker, Dr. Diane® was presenting at an international conference when the fire alarms went off, thus delaying the conference for hours. When the event resumed the audience was exhausted and the microphones were not working. In this situation, the importance of behavioral changes was essential. Learn the essentials of adaptability, spontaneity and creativity.

Focus Areas:

  • Peak performance programs
  • Imagery skills training
  • Emotional energy management
  • Attentional skills and concentration training
  • Self-confidence and motivation enhancement
  • Improving mental toughness
  • Goal-setting skills
  • Strategy selection
  • Biofeedback training
  • Stress management
  • Hypnosis for relaxation
  • Counseling for acute performance anxiety
  • Training to overcome performance slumps
  • Neurofeedback to help with mental clarity.

Peak Performance

Performing artists condition their bodies in a variety of ways, but always with the common goal-to achieve the greatest performance possible. Often you will train your muscles but are still unable to reach your highest goals. There is some hurdle, some barrier keeping you from achieving this success. Keeping you from reaching this level of Peak Performance.

Dr. Diane® can help you with Performing Arts Psychology. In many cases the hurdle that is stopping you from achieving the desired level of success involves the activities of the brain. Using a technique known as Neurofeedback, Dr. Diane® can teach you how to effectively and efficiently strengthen your brain to maintain and enhance your conditioning. By training your brain with Neurofeedback and other Performing Arts Psychology techniques, you can overcome the hurdles that are keeping you from achieving your Peak Performance.

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