THE   TEAM

Samantha Parker

Founder

​I have worked in and around the music industry since 1991, mostly in artist management and am married to a song-writer and touring musician.  In 2016, I took a leap of faith and began re-training as a coach and counsellor specializing in the arts, popular culture and entertainment. 

 

Having personally and professionally experienced the stresses of a talent-driven environment, I  felt  passionate about contributing to new way of thinking about mental health in this area.

 

In 2016, I co-founded Music Support, a charity dedicated helping anyone working in the UK music industry suffering from alcoholism, addiction and emotional mental health problems. I  created  a 24 hour helpline, set policy, delivered industry-specific training and with the MMF,  co-wrote the first mental health guide for artist managers.

 

I have been part of the advisory panel for the BAPAM psycho-social working group looking at mental health in the performing arts sector and a contributor to the  AFEM’s Electronic Music Industry Guide to Mental Health.

As a wellbeing consultant, my clients include YM&U, Young Turks, Believe Music, BIMM, ACM and the MMF on their Accelerator Programme delivering psycho-educational workshops specifically looking at the artist/manager relationship.

Always open about my own mental health journey and recovery, I have been publicly involved in the industry conversation and made frequent media and panel appearances including BBC Introducing and

The National Theatre and am a contributor to the forthcoming book 'Sound Advice' published in 2021.

 

Press/TV

 

  • Evening Standard: October 2018

  • ITV London News interview regarding mental health and addiction in the Music Industry – March, 2019]

  • Music Ally – Article on Mental Health in the Music Industry

  • The Musician (Autumn 2018)

 

Podcasts

 

I am a registered One Spirit Interfaith Minister, coach and  counsellor having trained at Regent’s University and the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation.

 

Chula Goonwardene MBACP

Clinical Consultant

I am a BACP registered therapist who spent his former years as a musician, starting as a classically trained pianist and violinist, becoming a self-taught guitarist and drummer, and then enjoyed a professional career in music during his 20’s.

I joined what evolved into North Westminster Drug & Alcohol Service, in the voluntary sector of the Substance Misuse field, in 2005; becoming a qualified Motivational Interviewing Practitioner and Advanced Group Facilitator, in addition to gaining an NVQ4 in Health & Social Care Management.

I have worked with over 500 clients in community-based treatment as a Drug & Alcohol Practitioner, before moving into Treatment Management, Training and Consultancy in 2010 and then qualifying as a Counsellor & Psychotherapist in 2014.

Alongside my private practice in Harley Street, consulting for Music Support, BLFCT and the Centre for Social Justice, writing for Intervene and lecturing at LSBU, I am currently the Operations Manager & Senior Counsellor at Steps2Recovery, and still finds time to play the drums regularly.

I come from a Buddhist family and use this philosophy to enhance both my personal and professional life.

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