Welcome to Counselling for Dancers

Terry Hyde MA MBACP.

Psychotherapist/Counsellor and Retired Professional Dancer

Mental Health Self-Care Workshops

My proactive Mental Health, Self-Care Workshops are created for performing arts students from the age of 13 through to professional performers. They are also suitable for those working with dancers; dance teachers, physical therapists, dance science students and also the parents of students.

The workshops can be presented in person, via videolink and new for 2021, the Help4Dancers app.

Participants will learn techniques to help them become mentally fitter and emotionally stronger, giving you greater resilence and awareness of the importance of this type of self-care.

The workshops cover ways to recognise mental health symptoms, such as anxiety, and how they relate to performers by looking at typical underlying factors and triggers, e.g. rejection.  Break-out groups allow attendees to explore subjects including their relationship with food, perfectionism, social media influences and body image to enable them to see if these issues are affecting them.

More information about the proactive workshops here.


Dame Beryl Grey

“I was pleased to read that you help dancers with their mental health problems.  Your being able to encompass their families and those involved in their lives must, I think, play a big part in ongoing support and recovery.  As an ex dancer, you are in a unique position to understand the strains and stresses of dance and performance and can draw on your personakl experience to help and inspire others.  I wish you continuing success with your valuable work.”

Dame Beryl Grey CH, DBE.  ex Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet and Artistic Director London’s Festival Ballet (now ENB)



Psychotherapy/Counselling sessions

  • There are times in everyone’s life when circumstances or situations such as bereavement, relationship break-downs or   the pressures of every-day life leave us feeling overwhelmed. This can lead to a range of distressing symptoms such as anger, eating disorders, anxiety or depression.
  • For professional performers, these problems can be magnified because of the additional demands placed on them.
  • ​​As a retired ballet dancer, who has retrained as a Psychotherapist, I believe that I have a unique understanding of the particular challenges that dancers face.

For me, it was so amazing that Terry had been a dancer as he was able to fully understand what I was going through and being able to apply the therapy from a dancer’s perspective made the process so much more reassuring as Terry already understood the pressure of the dance world and how that can affect you as a person. It made me feel less alone. Terry has helped me immensely. AL Skype.

All sessions last for 50 minutes, often a few sessions are all that are needed. We discuss this during the first session so you can decide if you want to go ahead with a course of sessions which can be weekly or monthly, for instance.

Approved therapist – Aetna Global Benefits

Face to Face Sessions

Face to face sessions are available in Brighton & Hove, Southampton and the Isle of Wight

Sessions via video link

Video link sessions are offered for the rest of the UK and world-wide.

 Telephone sessions

Telephone sessions are also available for UK residents or via WhatsApp for those outside the UK

Psychotherapy / Counselling

I offer face to face therapy sessions in Brighton & Hove, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. If you are not near these places sessions can be held either via Skype or phone, if you are in the UK, or via Skype if you are abroad.

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Workshops & Lectures

Mental Health Self-Care Workshops for Pre-Professional Schools, Dance Companies and Freelance Professional Performance Artists.

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Therapy has enriched my dancing life in ways I certainly did not imagine, and I look forward to more freedom in dancing every day.

J.J. – Skype

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