Occasionally staging intimacy can be emotionally difficult since our bodies may transfer & retain energy/experiences. Closure after a rehearsal, show or on-set shoot is a fundamental pillar in our work. Our Intimacy Directors are mental health first aiders, they will listen *confidentially and aid you. However we are not licensed counsellors or therapists.
Therefore we strongly encourage you to seek professional support if you may be experiencing any Anxiety/Panic Attacks/ Traumatic Stress (PTSD) etc.
National Health Services (NHS)
Although feelings of anxiety/"low-blues"/worry at certain times are completely normal, you should see your GP if that is affecting your daily life or is causing you distress (example: changes in sleeping, focus, food intake, mood).
Emotional support and advise:
Mind for Mental Health Support https://www.mind.org.uk
ArtsMind - supports performers and creatives in need
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder http://www.ptsduk.org
Eating Imbalances www.b-eat.co.uk
Finding a therapist:
British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies https://www.babcp.com/
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Register UK
The British Association of Arts Therapies
Bullying, Harassment or Abuse:
Equity’s Bullying & Harassment Helpline:
020 7670 0268, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Bullying Helpline:
email@example.com, 0845 22 55 787
The Havens www.thehavens.org.uk
* Mental Health First Aiders - may break confidentiality if the matter or content can risk the life of the individual in crisis or the people around them.
Documents & Information
Brief History of Intimacy Practice
IDI's Pillars of Intimacy
Please note that the following document is merely an introduction to IDI's intimacy fundamental guidelines and is the property of IDI. It should be used to assist in rehearsals of an intimate nature but should not replace bringing in an IDI-UK trained Intimacy Director.
We are not responsible for any inappropriate use of these guidelines.
IDI-UK's Intimacy Guidelines for Performers
Requirements for becoming an
IDI-UK Intimacy Director/Coordinator
Articles & Media
The Stage covers IDI-UK
IDI (USA) discuss the work
HBO hires Alicia Rodis as Intimacy Coordinator
Intimacy work spreads worldwide
On the Radio, News, Online
These are websites that include CBT information packs and worksheets that can help after or during your CBT sessions to practice Self Care.
Other forms of Self Care:
Yoga, Qi-Gong, Pilates
Playing music or listening
Meeting with friends - supportive relationships
Outdoor activity in the garden, parks, nature