I engage in continuous professional training and development and my work is supervised by experienced colleagues, which is essential for a rigorous and evidence based practice.
I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches based on scientific evidence. This allows me the flexibility to adapt my practice to meet your unique and individual needs.
Some of the main psychological approaches I use and inform my practice are:
Plurimodal music therapy. An integrative music therapy approach that originates in South America and that focuses on identifying the unique ways a person will express and be receptive. The techniques include improvisation, songwriting, exploring the meaning of songs and certain forms of sound meditation.
Analytical music therapy. I had the chance to train with influential music therapist Cora Leivinson and to meet Mary Priestley, the pioneer of the approach. Both free and focused improvisation are primarily used to explore your problems, with a particular focus on the unconscious meaning and motivations that can be influencing your thoughts and habits.
Receptive music therapy. While most music therapy models involve active participation in music making, there is a whole range of approaches in which the client receives sounds in a state of meditation. These include tailored music design and live performances that evoque certain states of mind.
Model of Creative Ability. This developmental theory explains how humans progress and regress in life in response to the environment. This helps me be always aware of ‘attuning’ myself with the specific state of a person at each moment.
Attachment theory is a widely validated approach that describes how early relationships shape and influence people’s lives. With understanding of our attachment styles comes insight and acceptance, and one can re engage in relationships with a greater sense of fulfilment.
Allen Cognitive Disability Model is a rigorous, thorough description of how the brain works in terms of cognitive functions, in order to make sense of the world. It inspires me to design techniques that are appropriately adapted to each person.