David Juncos, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and performance coach with Hornstein, Platt & Associates, Counseling and Wellness Centers, in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University in 2015.

He has over 15 years’ experience in treating a variety of clinical problems, including anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders. He specializes in the treatment of music performance anxiety (MPA) and has presented internationally on his research in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat MPA and enhance music performance.

He also is on faculty with the Voice Study Centre, where he provides lectures and tutorials on MPA and quantitative research, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, peak performance, and he trains music teachers in a non-clinical version of ACT to help them manage students’ MPA.

His forthcoming book, ACT for Musicians: A Guide for Using Acceptance and Commitment Training to Enhance Performance, Overcome Performance Anxiety, and Improve Well-Being, is due out in June, 2022 with Universal Publishers.

In it, he and co-author Elvire de Paiva e Pona, MA, provide readers with numerous ACT-based techniques for help in managing MPA, enhancing performance, and addressing other common problems facing musicians, such as chronic pain, injury recovery, perfectionism, procrastination, shame, occupational burnout and career uncertainty.

Dr David Juncos discusses Music Performance Anxiety.

Featured Posts

Dr David Juncos Becomes Voice Study Centre Ambassador

Voice Study Centre
Friday 1st July 2022

We are very happy to welcome Dr David Juncos onto the Voice Study Centre Ambassador team. David Juncos, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and performance coach in Philadelphia, PA.

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Director & Team News

Voice Study Centre To Present At ISPS 2021

Voice Study Centre
Tuesday 26th October 2021

Voice Study Centre Director Debbie Winter, will be presenting the context to two ground breaking studies conducted by Teresa Shaw and Sarah de Cruz/Mahony.

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Blog

Why Do Singing Teachers Need To Know About Acceptance and Commitment Training?

Voice Study Centre
Thursday 18th February 2021

Music Performance Anxiety affects approximately 15-25% of professional musicians (Fishbein et al., 1988).

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Past Short Courses

Compassion Focused Training (CFT) for Singers, Singing Teachers and Other Music Professionals (2-week course)
Monday 4th December 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(London Time)

Compassion Focused Training (CFT) for Singers, Singing Teachers and Other Music Professionals (2-week course)

Dr David Juncos

In this two-part course, you will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of Gilbert’s CFT model and Neff & Germer’s model of self-compassion. You’ll also learn about the three emotion regulation systems, and specifically how to increase activity in the Soothing & Contentment system, which is known to create feelings of safeness within oneself & with others, when activated. Specifically, you’ll learn compassion-enhancing strategies to help manage common sources of stress for musicians.

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) for Music Performance Anxiety (MPA) (3-week course)
Monday 18th September 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(London Time)

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) for Music Performance Anxiety (MPA) (3-week course)

Dr David Juncos

In this updated three-part course, you will learn how to detect symptoms of music performance anxiety (MPA) among your students/clients and whether those symptoms are problematic or not. You will also learn about Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), an evidence-based psychotherapy and coaching model that...

Recent Research Developments In ACT In Relation To The Treatment Of MPA
Monday 12th June 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(London Time)

Recent Research Developments In ACT In Relation To The Treatment Of MPA

Dr David Juncos

This hour-long workshop is aimed at those with an interest in Acceptance and Commitment Training and Dr Dave Juncos will be bringing us up to date with recent research developments and future direction of ACT research in relation to the treatment of MPA.