Music Therapy

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What is Music Therapy?

It is widely acknowledged that our ability to respond meaningfully to music is biologically-determined and present from before birth – something that remains unimpaired during illness ageing, or disability. Music Therapy draws on this principle, promoting through the clinical use of music within a therapeutic relationship, specific, pre-determined emotional, social or educational goals, leading to greater health and well-being.  

Typically, an impulse for a referral for music therapy is an understanding that words are insufficient to explore the heart of the issue.   Or with some clients who have no access to words, a referral may seek to explore through the language of music, an alternative means of expression and communication. 

With an M.A. in Music Therapy from Anglia Ruskin University, I bring to my practice over 20 years’ experience.   Like many British Music Therapists, my approach is mostly improvisational, which seeks via bespoke, moment to moment musical responses to create connection and relationship.   If appropriate, I may also draw on other approaches from my integrative background, – receptive, (listening to music) song-based, or involving other creative media, to meet clients’ needs.  Specific goals for the work are determined by an initial assessment and these are reviewed regularly.    I work collaboratively with referees and multi-agencies/multi-disciplinary teams in the best interests of the client and its effectiveness is evaluated regularly through feedback questionnaires, (see Evidence-based Projects and Testimonials).  

In accordance with my HCPC-registered status, I receive regular clinical supervision and continuing professional development.  I am fully insured and DBS checked.   I am able to receive referrals from both adults and children, individuals and groups with the following needs: 

Developmental disabilities, autism, autistic spectrum disorder, communication disorders.

Mental health needs

Stress, anxiety, depression, or alcohol or substance abuse.   

Dementia or degenerative conditions

Living with a brain injury.

Living with a terminal illness.    

Download a referral form here.