I am a music therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. My approach to music therapy includes elements from psychodynamic therapy but is also person-centred and neurodiversity-affirmative: I aim to find the right approach for each unique individual.
Music therapy is an interactive, creative psychological therapy, which uses the innate qualities of music to help people in a variety of ways including:
- Exploring emotions, feelings and sense of personal identity.
- Accessing and processing memories (including difficult past events and trauma).
- Developing self-confidence.
- Exploring your sense of creativity and play.
- Increasing your general sense of wellbeing.
You don’t need any musical experience at all: music therapy is about personal expression, not musical skill. Many people find music very powerful for expressing feelings and thoughts which might be difficult or impossible to put into words.
Every music therapy session is unique and personal, but could include musical improvisation, familiar songs, musical games/activities, song-writing or relaxing to music. I’ll gently encourage you to join in with the music, but there is always an option to listen to me play, if you would prefer, as well as an opportunity to talk about your thoughts and feelings.
Music has always been a special interest of mine and I play a number of instruments including flute, violin, piano, guitar and crwth (Welsh bowed lyre), as well as singing. I have experience of working as a music therapist in a variety of settings including working with neurodivergent children and adults. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss having some music therapy sessions.