Podcast Episode 15 – Therapist Brian Thomas, AKA Papa Ferrero!

You can listen to Episode 15 here!

There’s loads of ways you can listen, including: Anchor FM (via which you can find us on lots of other platforms), Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and YouTube.

No doubt, over the last few months, you’ve heard the rumble in the jungle, you’ve heard the brain cogs turning… Well, the time has come: Rochelle’s Dad is finally on the podcast! Not only is it nice to be family-centric in this festive season, but Brian is a top-notch therapist with decades of experience under his belt. It was such a joy to grill him about the ups and downs of therapy, what it’s like from the other side of the desk, and some tips and tricks about how to get the most out of your therapy experience.

Some useful links for mental health issues mentioned in this episode: how to find a therapist; Mind’s latest report on men’s mental health; this great post from the Blurt Foundation about reducing stigma around medication.

⚠️ CW: light conversation about therapy for OCD (6:56 – 7:50); working with sectioned patients, psychosis and violent mental illness (18:17 – 21:25); PTSD and trauma (26:20 – 28:24).

Ferrero Rochelle dancing, covered in balloons and holding a plastic screwdriver between her teeth. She is wearing a children's builder's hat.
Ferrero Rochelle learned all about having a mental health TOOLKIT from her Dad.
Photo by Richard ‘The Burly Photographer’ McKenzie

Things mentioned in the podcast:

Edited and mixed by Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk
Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod, available under license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
If you’re affected by any of the issues raised in this episode, please do not be afraid to seek support. Help is available. The NHS website has a great directory to get you started.
Performers Rosie Verbose and Ferrero Rochelle stand on opposite ends of the stage, both dressed in scarlet. Rosie is also wearing a black sequin blazer and a 50s-style black wig. She is holding a microphone and is saying something animatedly. Rochelle is laughing. Her auburn hair is down and her hands are on her hips.
Rosie Verbose and Ferrero Rochelle in action. Photo by Richard ‘The Burly Photographer’ McKenzie.

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Tell us what you’re grateful for. We always end our shows with what has inspired gratitude in us this week, and we’d love to include your thankful thoughts too. Tweet, message us on Facebook or DM us on Instagram with what you’re grateful for, whenever the mood takes you. You can also email us: invisiblecabaret@gmail.com. Or – better still – send us a voice message!

Are you an artist (of any description) with a mental health story to tell? We are always on the lookout for future guests. Email invisiblecabaret@gmail.com for more details about how to be a future guest on the podcast.

'Always Auditioning' | Opera, OCD and Overspending with Soprano, BRIA LOVEGROVE The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & Creativity

Welcome to 2021, things are about to get fiery… Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose are delighted to start off the New Year with a bang by chatting to Bria Lovegrove (née Kelly), a soprano whose Masters dissertation was on the impact of tragedy in opera. She shares her experience of how training as a professional classical singer affected her mental health, visiting areas such as perfectionism, self-medicating, the impact on her bank balance and the "grin and bear it" culture she experienced at conservatoire. Do the classical arts glamorise mental ill health? Find Bria on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/briakellysoprano/ CW: anxiety, depression, alcohol as coping mechanism, perfectionism & OCD. Plus a few F bombs, but in our defence, we were pretty PO'ed. Some useful links for mental health issues mentioned in this episode: Help Musicians UK; help with substance abuse here and here; OCD-UK. *** What are you grateful for? Be in the next episode of our podcast and tell us what has you feeling thankful lately. You can message us on Facebook, Tweet us at @inviscabaret or DM us on Instagram (@invisiblecabaret)! *** Things mentioned in the podcast: Find out more about Brianna  Help Musicians UK study, "Can music make you sick?" Classical Magazine 2019 study on mental health provision in music Invisible Cabaret 'Tortured Artist' lip-sync: get a flavour on our Instagram  Text 85258 to SHOUT UK helpline if you need to talk to someone, especially a crisis counsellor *** Edited and mixed by Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod , available by license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ http://www.invisiblecabaret.org — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/invisible-cabaret/message
  1. 'Always Auditioning' | Opera, OCD and Overspending with Soprano, BRIA LOVEGROVE
  2. 'There Is No Pass Or Fail in Therapy' | The Power of Communication with Therapist, BRIAN THOMAS (AKA Papa Ferrero)
  3. 'You Can Just Jolly Well Catch Up' | PTSD and Productivity with Illustrator ELYSSA RIDER
  4. 'We're Revolutionaries Out Here' | I am Artist, Hear Me Art with CURLY CHAOS
  5. "I am terrified. Are you?" "Yes. We are both terrified." | Making Music and Magic with ROBERT HALLOW

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