Music therapy can assist all those who are challenged with difficulties connected with communication or isolation.

Traditionally music therapy is delivered with young children with autistic spectrum disorders or adults with learning disability but the remit stretches way beyond ‘diagnosis’ or ‘labels’.

Benefits

Music therapy works as all human beings respond to music – the auditory system of the in utero infant is fully formed 20 weeks after conception and the pulse of the mother’s heartbeat acts as the first rhythmic connection with another.

All humans are musical in that everyone of us has a tempo as we walk and a pitch as we talk etc.  Through engaging and working with these pre verbal musical elements with a trained therapist, the client is truly heard and encouraged through music, to respond perhaps in a new way, encouraging a different working relationship with another and ultimately with themselves.

Musical experience is not necessary to respond positively to music therapy.  It is the process of the live music making with another which is important using a variety of instruments and voice, composed and improvised music.

Engagement

Phoene is particularly interested and experienced at working with individuals and groups of mainstream children of all ages with social and communication issues or emotional and behavioural challenges, adolescents with self harming behaviours, or eating disorders as well as mother/baby work addressing issues of bonding and attachment and adults with mental issues such as depression.  The location of this work would need to be discussed according to each individual enquiry.

The charge would vary depending on setting and number of clients.  Please enquire for details.

Experience

Qualified in 1996 with Postgraduate diploma in Music Therapy from Roehampton Institute, University of Surrey, Phoene went on to work for 2 1/2 years as the Head of Music Services, London at Europe’s premier music therapy organisation, Nordoff Robbins in North London.  Registered with the HCPC.

Phoene worked (2013-2015) as a music therapist in a prison holding female offenders.  A variety of creative musical intervention was explored with those whose referral reasons may be depression, self harm, anger management, trauma, low self esteem etc.  Songwriting, therapeutic vocal or piano lessons, vocal and instrumental improvisation were all offered.

A recent commission from the Hayward Gallery and the Southbank Centre was the Hear Her Singing project led by internationally renowned artist Charwei Tsai.  This involved running a series of workshops, individual sessions and a series of final performances – both audio recordings and a staged Big Sing outside the Royal Festival Hall – with female refugees, asylum seekers in the community and detainees in Yarl’s Wood detention centre.