The YIPPA Project

The YIPPA Project was born out of a desire to help performing artists overcome the humiliating experience that sports professionals call "the yips" -- a sudden inability to execute your performance despite having the skills and knowing your material. 

Once thought to be a purely mechanical problem, recent work has shown that the yips are a form of thought suppression overload, and are held in the body much the way trauma is held. It can also be treated via cutting-edge trauma treatments. 

The YIPPA Project

The YIPPA (YIPs in Performing Artists) Project is incredibly close to my heart. 


As a performing artist myself, I'm keenly aware of the work and dedication that goes into preparing for high-stakes performances and auditions. I've also experienced the searing humiliation of knowing what I want to be doing as a performer, and not being able to execute it in the moment when it matters most. It doesn't happen every time, of course, but the question of will it happen today? creates its own anxiety. 

In 2020 I learned about the pioneering work of David Grand to help a Major League Baseball player get over his yips, and realized that my own experiences manifested much the same way. I started to refer to them as "audition yips". Soon thereafter, I began working with a Brainspotting practitioner to address these traumatic experiences.

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What does the YIPPA Project entail?

There are three components to the project:

1. Brainspotting

Over the course of the first month, you'll have a complete assessment of your YIPPA issues, and two intensive sessions utilizing Brainspotting to clear the charge around those issues. Total time will be 8-12 hours.

2. Shame Resilience Support Group

Starting in the second month you'll participate in a 6-week group class where you'll learn a variety of tools to help you re-frame your audition & performance experiences and adopt a growth mindset. The group setting will help everyone dispel their shame and develop a support system of others who understand what you've gone through.

3. Follow-Up Troubleshooting Sessions

For the rest of the year, we'll meet periodically to discuss your progress and provide troubleshooting as needed to support your success. Spot sessions are 30 minutes long and will occur at the 3-month, 6-month, 9-month, and 1-year marks.

All you need is a willingness to heal!

Just as the yips are something that athletes "just don't talk about", I believe there are a significant number of performers out there who are enduring these confusing experiences in silence and shame. If this resonates with you, I'd like to offer you the opportunity to be at the forefront of a new coaching program designed to help you overcome your YIPPA blocks, let go of the shame you're carrying, and regain faith in yourself. You'll do this in community with others who know how your feel and are healing their own YIPPA issues.