Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D. is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and musician, who brings her unique combination of experience and education in music and mental health to a nuanced understanding of performance anxiety as well as diverse other psychological problems. A graduate of The Juilliard School, the University of Michigan, and The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, she has helped numerous people understand and overcome blocks to creativity, performance anxiety, relationship issues, and self-esteem.
Equally at home on stage, in the consulting room, in presentations to groups of all kinds, and as a mentor, her expertise and warmth is recognized as exceptional.
Realizing that one size does NOT fit all and that there are no quick and easy “solutions” to complex issues, Dr. Nagel assists individuals and groups in understanding what blocks their personal and professional fulfillment and customizes concrete strategies that offer new perspectives. Examining your attitude and ability from a new perspective can lead to reaching your potential, increased self-confidence, and furthering your career and personal satisfaction.
Julie Jaffee Nagel has communication skills beyond the consulting room, speaker’s podium, and concert hall. As a writer, she has published in major journals. As a presenter and teacher, she has offered lectures, workshops, presentations, and consultations locally, nationally, and worldwide to professional organizations. She has won prestigious awards for her interdisciplinary work on music and emotion.
Her book, “Melodies of the Mind”, explores how music touches our feelings and how music and psychological ideas are useful in everyday life. “Managing Stage Fright” offers questions for thought for music (and other) teachers to use in their work with students and performers. Both books are receiving wide acclaim from professionals in the fields of music, psychology, psychoanalysis, education, and mental health.
Dr. Nagel has presented her work in the United States as well as England, Russia, France, Australia, Israel, Tortola (BVI), and Italy.
As a member of the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance she supervises mental health trainees in China.
Dr. Julie Nagel is available for consultations, evaluations, presentations, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and focused performance anxiety coaching.
PRAISE FOR JULIE NAGEL
- “Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D. has been steeped in musical performance all her life. Considered one of the leading experts on stage fright, she brings a blend of musical sophistication and psychological understanding to all problems of performing artists and musical educators."Glen O. Gabbard, M.D. - Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine: Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, Private Practice at Gabbard Center in Houston, TX"It is a rare accomplishment as psychoanalyst and veteran musician that Julie Nagel straddles two complex and creative worlds with superior knowledge, skill, and experience. She succeeds not only in the consulting room, but out in the world of music where her patients, readers and audiences are the enriched beneficiaries."Mark D. Smaller Ph.D. - Past President, American Psychoanalytic Association.“Using her talents and experiences as well as her extensive training in both music and psychology, Julie Jaffee Nagel brings depth and fresh insight to her work. Equally at home with the underlying issues of performance anxiety or in understanding a composer’s life, she is a sensitive communicator both in her presentations in in her writing."Stuart Feder, M.D. - Author: "Charles Ives: My Father’s Song”, “Gustav Mahler: A Life in Crisis”, “Psychoanalytic Explorations in Music, Vol. I and II”
- Julie Nagel’s work aims at fundamental resolution of musicians’ psychological problems through gaining insights to understand the origins of their conflict rather than simply dealing with superficial symptoms.Alice Brandfonbrenner, M.D. - Medical Program for Performing Artists for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago"Julie Nagel is a compelling lecturer, effortlessly presenting complicated issues in ways that everyone can easily relate and understand. With her degrees in both music and psychology, she is eminently qualified to speak about the psychological issues that can have such an impact on a musician. Her recent book, Melodies of the Mind, provides readers fascinating insights into the connections between music and the mind. It's captivating reading!"Gail Berenson - Professor Emerita of Piano, Ohio University School of Music; Past President, Music Teachers National Association.