INGELA ONSTAD, MM, MA, LMHC, CPC
I'm a classical singer who continues to perform professionally, as well as a licensed therapist and a performance anxiety coach.
I've been on both sides of the issue: I have struggled with my own performance anxiety yet have also had fearless and proud moments where I was able to give my best. I've bombed auditions due to nerves, but I've also learned opera roles overnight and jumped in for sick colleagues with a day's notice. I'm still learning about myself and evolving as a performer.
I've spent thousands of hours engaged in therapy with clients whose issues range from coping with the stressors of life to severe trauma and mental illness. I connect deeply with people from the heart and support my therapeutic intuition with evidence-based methods.
My coaching career stemmed from multiple experiences where I received late-night calls, text messages, or emails from fellow performers who were looking for therapeutic tools in their hours of need. It made perfect sense to combine my knowledge of performer's issues with my existing mental health career.
What do all those initials mean after your name, Ingela?
Well - they are just my way of showing that I can walk the talk. I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in vocal performance, as well as a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health. I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) practicing in the state of New Mexico, and I am also currently working towards my BCC (Board Certified Coach) and am a Certified Professional Coach through Coach Training World. I've presented on performance anxiety at institutions such as: Colby College, Tulane University, Fort Lewis College, the University of New Mexico, Rio Grande NATS, Albuquerque Music Teachers' Association, the New Mexico School for the Arts, Portland State University, Youth Opera of El Paso, and the University of Texas at El Paso. To hire me for speaking engagements, get in touch here.
For more about my career as an artist, visit this site.
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