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About me

I am a Music Psychotherapist with 25 years of experience working in organisations and in private practice. I specialise in therapeutic receptive music experiences which help you access deeper layers of yourself in a safe, meaningful way, thus facilitating therapeutic change. I am an HCPC-registered Music Therapist and a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, having completed their extensive training in Guided Imagery in Music. I am also in my qualifying year as an Integrative Psychotherapist with the Metanoia Institute. 

No musical knowledge or expertise is needed to benefit from these sessions. In the initial consultation, I take a full case history and we set appropriate goals. In the main part of the session, you are invited you to lie down (or remain seated if you prefer) in a relaxed state, and to listen/engage with specific pieces of pre-recorded music (chosen via a collaborative, careful process). The music activates the nervous system in a safe, regulated way, putting you in touch with feelings, aspects of ourselves which can often be difficult to experience in your day to day life through words. Recent research has described the healing effects of stimulating right-brained memories, the imprints of our earlier lives and creative impulses.  When activated via this form of Music Psychotherapy and then verbalized in the presence of another within this therapeutic setting, the result may be lead to surprising new insights, understandings, perspectives; or you may simply have a sense of feeling more complete, connected, whole. I hold a dedicated space during this process, gently facilitating your deepening experience of the music. This also continues afterwards where via art materials (if appropriate) and verbal processing, I support you to make meaningful links with your life (goals). As part of this, I produce a transcript of the session for you to take home. I often find that embedded in the therapeutic process for clients is also a deeper appreciation for music, nature, the beauty of life.

As an integrative practitioner, my Music Psychotherapy approach is informed by a coherent body of theories: from Jungian ideas to attachment theory, relational psychotherapy, neuroscience and existential perspectives. I offer an initial free 20 minute phone consultation which enables you to decide if this therapy feels right for you. In our initial session, we establish your needs and goals as well as the most appropriate level upon which to begin the work; something which makes this work extremely safe and accessible to most people at whatever stage in life.   

Music Psychotherapy is particularly beneficial if you are experiencing any of the following:

Feelings of depression, low-self esteem, anxiety, relationship issues, loss of any kind, or bereavement, any sort of life transition (starting, stopping work, unemployment, retirement etc) or end of life issues, lacking purpose or direction in life, searching for a greater sense of meaning.

I am a full member of the Health and Care Professions Council and abide by their of practice. My ethics and values are in line with a non-oppressive anti-discriminatory practice. I have a current DBS and am fully GDPR compliant.   

At present, I am offering these sessions from my home office on Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings only (9- 1pm). 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Fellowship of the Association for Music and Imagery from the Association for Music and Imagery. (2020)
  • Masters in Music Therapy. Anglia Ruskin University (2002)
  • Masters' in Arts Psychotherapy. Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education. Completed Year One. (2016-17)
  • Advanced Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts. Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education. (2016)
  • B.A Hons in Music. Durham University. (1988)
  • MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. Metanoia Institute. (December 2022)

In all respects, I abide by the ethical standards set out by the HCPC and the UKCP.

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From £60.00 to £80.00

Additional information

£80 for the initial consultation ( 1.5 hours)

  • £60 for a one-hour session. 
  • £80 for 90 minute sessions.

The frequency of sessions can be discussed during the initial consultation.

Further information

Free parking is available outside my premises.  

Steyning, West Sussex, BN44

Type of session

In person

Types of client


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