I am a Music Therapist registered with the British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT) and also with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am a highly skilled musician and have been a singer-songwriter and pianist all my life.
How can Music Therapy help you?
Music Therapy is an art-based psychotherapy that uses music to help explore and process what is going on with your mind, body and spirit. I help you harness your own unique relationship with music to help connect you with your innermost self to release feelings in order to repair and heal. Music is used as a way in, the gateway to your soul.
How do you get started?
Firstly, drop me an email to say you are interested. We will organise a time to have an informal, free chat on the phone or on Zoom for about 20 minutes. We will talk about what you would like to get out of therapy and discuss how music plays a role in your life. If you are happy to proceed we will then organise a time and date for a face to face taster session.
What to expect in your first session?
Sessions take place in a lovely, bright, private room at The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham. We will initially have chat about you and maybe listen to or play some music together. You may want to bring along an instrument, recording or a significant piece of music from your life.
You do not have to be a skilled musician to benefit from music therapy and much of the sessions usually involve talking. When music is involved it can be through improvised play, listening to recordings, song-writing and recording, singing and jamming. I work with whatever musical skills and tastes you bring to the table and in our sessions, there is no such thing as good or bad music.
I have a strong humanistic and existential approach to my work and believe in the philosophy of empowerment, focussing on the client’s strengths and potentials and emphasising the importance of collaboration and equality in the relationship between therapist and client. This philosophy is rooted in the field of positive psychology pioneered by the Swiss psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, building the good in life, rather than focusing on repairing the bad.
Due to my lifelong experience and deep understanding of the power of writing songs, I often use song-writing as a therapeutic tool to help individuals work through issues and creatively express themselves. Often this results in a recording which can have the amazing potential to continue working and healing long after the recording has been made.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MA in Music Therapy and completed my 3 year training at the University West of England in 2019. I also hold a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology. I have been a semi-professional musician for 20 years.
I have broad experience, across the lifespan, working in organisations including main stream and special needs schools, private homes, hospitals, prisons and community mental health settings. I have a wide range of testimonials available to view via my website.
I regularly attend personal and group supervision and professional training workshops. I have an enhanced DBS certificate and have completed safeguarding training in ‘Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect’ (Core V15).
I established The Rhythm Practice at The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham in 2021 to allow clients to access my service privately. This private room is bright and airy and is fully equipped with an array of acoustic and electronic music instruments from across the world and embraces the latest music technology.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
£50 for a 50 minute session.
Free introductory session (20 minutes) by telephone or Zoom.
Sessions take place at The Rhythm Practice located at the Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire. There is a cafe and parking allowing you to wait and reflect before and after the session.
I will aim to respond to enquiries with 48hrs.