I am an HCPC registered music therapist (registration number AS14614), specialising in work with adopted children and families, and with clients with acquired brain injury. I am also a registered Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT). I am now in private practice; in the past I have worked for Chiltern Music Therapy, Chroma Therapies and for the charity Coram.
|What is Music Therapy
Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention delivered by HCPC registered music therapists to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs. (British Association for Music Therapy website, 2016). It provides a new medium of communication, for clients who for whatever reason are finding talking difficult. Whether it is a child with autism, or one who is struggling to process early pre-verbal trauma, or an adult who has had a stroke, or an elderly person with dementia, through music all can discover a new means of communication. In this way they form new relationships - both with me as their therapist, and - when I work with groups - with other clients.
There is no need for any prior musical training. I work mainly through free improvised music and use a wide range of musical styles and instruments, including my voice, to help clients express themselves and to facilitate positive changes in emotional well being.
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)
NMT is a research based system of 20 standardised clinical techniques for sensorimotor training, speech and language training, and cognitive training. Its treatment techniques are based on the scientific knowledge in music perception and production and the effects of these musical techniques on non musical brain and behaviour functions. Populations served by Neurologic Music Therapists include (but are not limited to) stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson and Huntingdon's Disease, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's Disease, autism, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement and communication.
I trained with and am registered as a member of the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy,see : www.nmtacademy.co
For more general information about music therapy, please visit the British Association for Music Therapy website, www.bamt.org. If you are interesting in accessing music therapy please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org