BA Oxford University (Human Sciences)
MA University of the West of England (Music Psychotherapy)
After working in the psychology department at Oxford University for three years I worked as a musician/composer for 35 years.
In the early 1990s I began using music to work with children and adults with complex needs and was involved in setting up an organisation, Soundabout, to train teachers in special education to do musical work with learning-disabled children. I also taught music in prison for seven years.
More recently: I worked in a hospice for children and young adults for four years and, in 2016, was appointed as a Creative Psychotherapist at HMP Grendon – the only prison in Britain in which all wings are structured as ‘Therapeutic Communities’. Additionally, in 2018 I was appointed as the psychotherapist for F-Wing.
In March 2020 I retired from Grendon (in order to shield) and now practice privately.
I have completed Therapeutic Community (TC) Accredited Training and the TC+ training (for work with offenders who have learning disabilities).
I have a BPS Approved Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills.
I am a member of the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT), the Oxford Psychotherapy Society (OPS), the Forensic Arts Therapies Advisory Group (FATAG) and the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy (IAFP)