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Emma Curtis

Singer. Therapist. Scientist. Teacher.

Voice Use and Stress Management Specialist.

 

Emma is a singing professional who also helps people whose feelings and beliefs get in the way of having a strong and secure voice in both professional or personal context.

She teaches and coaches using effective and science-based methods in an empathetic, safe and often fun environment to help develop your voice and build your confidence, whether you want straight-forward singing lessons, help for performance anxiety or stress, or both together.

 

“A violin is an instrument, a piano is an instrument, but a voice is a person” – Peter Pears

Benefit from working with Emma

Emma Curtis as the character Irene in Handel's Atalanta at Göttingen Händelfestspiele.
Emma Curtis public-speaking, presenting at Ceremony Matters conference for celebrants
Emma Curtis public-speaking, presenting at Ceremony Matters conference for celebrants

Emma is a classically trained opera soloist with more than thirty years of international performance and recording experience. She has significant public speaking experience through her work designing and leading person-centred ceremonies and conference events over the last decade.

Emma has become an expert in coping strategies in performance through the study of therapeutic approaches to coping with anxiety and stress, added to her years of lived experience.

She now offers a person-centred and integrative therapeutic approach to performance anxiety and the effects of stress on the voice, combining CBT, ACT, Mindfulness and Hypnosis with Accent Method, breathwork, sometimes, bodywork, and solid, healthy vocal technique. A multimodel integrative approach to the voice is important, because one size cannot not fit all. You are the expert in your experience; “I have professional skills and lived expertise and together, in collaboration, we’ll find your flow and improve your voice and confidence”.

For professional performers, there are still very few therapists who also have experienced the unique challenges of a performance career. Emma provides a confidential space to work on your technical and psychological issues and get you back on track.

Whether you want to develop your voice with someone who understands how stress and experience affect performance, or work to reduce performance anxiety and increase confidence with someone who understands being a professional voice user, Emma is that person.

Emma is a certified psychological therapist (DipCBH, DipSMRB) with an MSc in Psychology and a special interest in Musician’s Mental Health. She specialises in resilience-building, voice and confidence, and keeps up with modern voice science research. Emma is a research psychologist interested in attention, expectation and perception, and the effect of stress on vocal performance.

Emma is trauma-informed and embraces diversity, including neurodivergent and gender non-conforming people. She is an executive function coach trained by Mindspark and is happy to tailor sessions to a neurodivergent way of learning.

Emma is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.

Working with Emma

Emma offers one to one voice and/or therapy sessions in person in Claygate, Surrey, in Central London or online. 

Clients can choose between intensive sessions (4 to 6 hour immersive VIP days), regular or ‘as needed’ sessions by the hour, or a mixture.

One to one sessions in Claygate or online are charged at £80 per 55 min session, and in Central London £100 per 55 min session (including studio costs). Fees for immersive personal retreats and intensives are upon application. The experience will be designed for you, based upon your goals and needs.

If you are a corporate client wishing for keynote presentation or interactive workshops for your company, please contact Emma using the form below.

 

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