Music Psychotherapy and Counselling in Bristol
I am an HCPC registered professional Music Psychotherapist with 15 years experience working in a variety of different settings, including the NHS, a children’s hospice and adult mental health groups. I offer a non-judgemental, person centred approach to therapy for a wide range of client groups.
People attend the therapy for a wide range of reasons, including depression and anxiety, sometimes brought about by traumatic or life changing experiences or events.
The sessions offer a safe and confidential space in which the client's own story, thoughts and feelings can be explored at their own pace.
The music in the sessions, usually played by both the client and therapist on a range of instruments provided, acts much in the same way as words might: giving form to the therapeutic relationship and communication. To use or play music in the session is not an obligation or pre-requisite and no musical experience is required at all. The sessions are usually a mix of both music and words and often, depending on the person, favour one over the other. Either, of course, being valid.
The sessions develop over time with the aim of understanding and articulating the client’s desire for change or healing; or simply attempting to find a way through the sometimes impossible situations we find ourselves in. The terms 'psychodynamic' or 'psycotherapy' merely refer to the belief that certain issues can arrive out of our own experiences and often inhabit us with less consciousness than we require. By giving form and understanding to these issues we can begin to change our relationship to them.
I am interested in working with adults on a 1-1 basis and provide a confidential and peaceful space in Central Bristol. I am also able to work peripatetically with children who can be referred by their school and/or parents/carers. I am also registered with the Counselling Directory: