Cornelia Bent, Music Psychotherapist and Supervisor
Why Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses music as an additional way to express thoughts and feelings and to find alternative communication with others. Active music making and listening to music can help with releasing stress and anxiety. Music Therapy can benefit anyone who would like to explore feelings nonverbally as well as verbally in therapy. No previous experience of music is required.
I am a qualified Music Psychotherapist with over 14 years of experience working in the UK, providing direct music therapy interventions, supervision and training in music therapy. My practice is informed by psychodynamic and systemic approaches as well as person-centred therapy.
I am both working for the NHS and in private practice and have worked across a range of different settings and all age groups. I am also a freelancer for Lily Arts & Wellbeing as well as a MindHug partner. My specialism is in Adult and Older Adult Mental Health, trauma-informed care as well as working with singers, musicians and artists.
I have been a clinical facilitator of major UK Music Therapy trials, including a feasibility study on songwriting, where I have also contributed to the manual, and I am regularly presenting at national and international conferences. In 2017, I have co-published the book 'Working Across Modalities in the Arts Therapies: Creative Collaborations'.
Who can I help?
I am particularly keen to improve access to music therapy for people who struggle with anxiety and depression or those who have experienced trauma in their lives. Furthermore, I am keen to improve access to Music Therapy for diverse communities as well as improve access to musicians and artists who might struggle with their Mental Health, experience performance anxiety and/or lack of creativity. Moreover, during Covid-19, I have also been working with clients who are recovering from the long-term effects of Covid, e.g. speech and breathing problems.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Music Therapy, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria
- BA Music Therapy, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria
- Grade 8: Voice, Piano
- Certificate in Bereavement Work with Children and their families
- Full membership: HCPC
- Full membership: BAMT
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
Individual Therapy: £60 (60 Minutes)
Fees are negotiable for students
Available for individual therapy and supervision sessions mainly on Fridays. However, I am offering supervision on some weekday evenings and during the weekend.