David George Delaney, M.A., L.P.C.
|3579 Columbia Drive
Longmont, Colorado 80503
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Body Oriented Psychotherapy
A somatic psychotherapist and voice trainer since 1982, I work exclusively with singers, actors, dancers, well as with those folks who use their voice professionally in their work. Learning to be authentic and natural in front of other humans is not always easy but well worth the journey.
Unresolved trauma is a big part of this source of our panic states (we can see them in the EEG though most of us would not would say that we are relaxed) that prevents us from being in the state of tranquility where true emotions are experienced and expressed. Our survival muscles, also called the muscles of initiation or emotional muscles, are also the muscles that are at the core of speech and singing. When we are in a state of fight-flight-freeze, they lose this relaxed elasticity and go into either a hyper or hypo mode of functioning. This is what we can call either minimized or aggrandized functioning, and neither of them are effective for authentic, nuanced, and effective, communication.
There are somatic principles, exercises, and strategies that are used in the professional entertainment industry and the contemplative traditions (Tai Chi, Theurgic Practices, etc.)that you can benefit from, even if you are not Broadway bound. These transmittable skills and contemplative approaches ground your body and psyche. They provide you with a somatic inside-out orientation that is key to learning to manage the energy that is generated when an audience is present. If you do not know how to condition this delicate, intrinsic muscle layer, you will continue to be 'taken-out' and lose energy. When you learn to work from this depth, you will begin being fed by your own voice called cortical recharge.
I also utilize advanced technologies that can directly get under the biological protective mechanisms that generate these suffering states, which prevent us from being relaxed and authentic in front of others. I can train the Central Nervous System to orient more toward relaxation rather than panic and anxiety, its natural orientation (except when an overload of unresolved trauma is being carried). These are tried and true approaches that are highly effective: NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Brain Training & the Tomatis Method, both of which I am certified in.
If your condition warrants, I also provide advanced somatic therapies that free the tension-fear that is held in your body. If you are carrying a certain threshold of unresolved fear in your nervous system, it will take over in 'charged' situations, and you lose a good degree of present moment awareness and functioning. This has been 100% understood in certain strata of the Oriental non-aggressive martial arts, which I have trained in and taught since 1985.
I began working with singers and actors in 1982 in NYC and have mastered a number of somatic therapies that are fully non-aggressive and highly effective, including Rolfing®, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Chua K’a Bodywork® (the most sophisticated bodywork for discharging fear, in a completely non-aggressive manner).
I am also a singer and voice trainer, and perform & teach regularly in front of live audiences. As well known acting coach Matt Chait from LA says, "David practices what he preaches".
I am also happy to hear from you, to explore if we might be a good fit to work together. This is my lifetime career and it is not protocol driven but tailored specifically to the client's present needs and goals. I am always happy to speak with you. You will decide if you wish to work with me and not based on any selling from me ;-)
ArticlesTHe Physiology of Singing, David Delaney, Rolf Institute Professional Journal, Boulder, Co, April 2015
THe Physiology of Singing, David Delaney, Rolf Institute Professional Journal, Boulder, Co, April 2015
Documents"THE EXTRAORDINARY BRAIN...NEUROPLASTICITY EXPLAINED" By David Delaney, MA, CAR, LPC
THE BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF STRESS ON HUMANS by David Delaney, MA, CAR, LPC
ROLFING™ APPROACH: RESOLVING STRESS ON BODY AND MIND By David Delaney, MA, CAR, LPC
The Physiology of Singing
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