Alongside this, as project manager for a pioneering ecotherapy project for adults with mental health needs, I was responsible for the management and delivery of the project from its inception through to it receiving funding from local healthcare funding streams. This triple award-winning project aimed to improve mental well-being by engaging people in conservation and horticulture activities, based on a nature reserve in North Nottinghamshire.
I moved to the United States in 2014 and I worked in early intervention, providing therapeutic services to young children aged 0-3 with developmental delays. I was responsible for coordinating and delivering services for families in an area of socio-economic deprivation. Families would have multiple and complex needs and children had often experienced trauma and stress leading to emotional and behavioural issues and poor developmental outcomes. I responded to these needs by adopting a collaborative approach with the families themselves, other co-workers and wider support networks. I have represented the program on an early childhood mental health forum, and I have also delivered training workshops to other early intervention practitioners on using music as a therapeutic intervention.
I moved back to my home town of Totnes, UK in December 2016, and I am now offering services in South Devon. I have a private practice in Staverton, near Totnes and I also work for the at Huxham's Cross Farm, and for the
, supporting children with visual impairment. A large portion of my work now involves supporting children who have been adopted, working with attachment and processing trauma in their past. My approach is collaborative, always seeking to involve families in therapeutic work where possible.
I draw from a range of approaches in my work including psychodynamic, humanistic, neuro-developmental and body-oriented approaches, and I also draw from attachment and trauma theory and mindfulness meditation techniques. I have studied and use various autism-specific approaches such as Intensive Interaction and Floortime. After attending a training with Margot Sunderland on using other creative techniques with children, my approach has expanded to include other creative modalities such as sand-play, puppetry, art and song-writing. Primarily my approach seeks to make a connection, validating a person's unique and authentic self, and giving them permission and encouragement to express themselves and creatively explore new ways of being.
My HCPC registration number is AS13418. I am DBS checked (enhanced) and I hold professional indemnity insurance.
I first became interested in music therapy soon after qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2003. After eperiencing an episode of severe depression in 2001 I was increasingly drawn to psychological interventions and to helping others who were going through similar experiences. As an Occupational Therapist I specialised in neuro-rehabilitation and I was lucky enough to work with a Music Therapist who gave me some insights into music therapy and inspired me to pursue this as the next step in my career.
I qualified as a Music Therapist in 2008 and worked for 6 years in private practice and in schools with children with autism, emotional and behavioural difficulties and learning disabilities, and with adults with profound learning and physical disabilities.