It is widely acknowledged that our ability to respond meaningfully to music is biologically-determined, present from before birth and something that remains unimpaired during illness, ageing, or disability. Music Therapy draws on this principle, promoting through its specific use within a therapeutic relationship, certain goals, leading to a client’s greater health, development, and well-being.’
As a practitioner with over twenty years’ experience in the public sectors and private practice, I offer a bespoke, professional music therapy service and I am available to receive referrals from clients with the following needs: those experiencing communication and language difficulties, suffering bereavement, loss, terminal illness, neurological conditions, or mental health difficulties.
Although I work primarily within an improvisational model, I may also draw on other methods (song-writing, music-listening, use of other creative media) if appropriate or indicated by initial assessment. My approach is transparent and collaborative, and the work is regularly reviewed. I abide by the HCPC’s standards of practice and undertake continuous professional development in order to keep my practice alive and ethically sound.
‘Ian’s half-hour session with Cathy is a place of sanctuary for him. A time of calm. He’s allowed to set the agenda, to choose the instruments, and Cathy carefully and tenderly accompanies him and supports him in what he chooses to do. Ian’s participation will depend on a variety of circumstances, but to see his smile and his obvious enjoyment is to confirm the huge value of this therapeutic intervention.’
Feedback from a carer of a resident in a home for adults with learning difficulties.
‘Music Therapy is such an important strand of Katie’s communication experience. I feel it’s helping her understand and unlock her world. Thank you!’ Special Needs Teacher’s feedback of her pupil's experience of music therapy.
‘James’s mood and behaviour have improved gradually over a number of weeks. James has learned to listen and communicate effectively without overpowering other members of the group’. Feedback from James’s ward manager following group music therapy at a medium secure hospital.