Music Therapist & Creative Catalyst
Hi, I'm Alex. I am a Music Therapist and musician based in Derbyshire. I have set up Derbyshire Music Therapy to provide music based, psychodynamic therapy services across Derby, Chesterfield, Derbyshire and the East Midlands. My passion is helping others through a genuine interpersonal process using music and musical activity as a way to assess, connect and engage with people.
Before completing the masters level training and qualifying as a Music Therapist, I spent 17 years working as a Creative Mentor and Practioner. This involved using music and music tech more recreationally, to engage hard to reach or vulnerable adults and young people. I have worked across a wide range of client populations including young people and children from mainstream and SEN schools, CAMHS, the care system and secure units. With adults, I have worked in residential care homes for the elderly, prisons and within mental health settings.
As a musician I have spent 20 years touring, recording and performing as a songwriter and vocalist.
Through all of the above experience, I grew more intrigued and passionate about music's ability to have a profound impact on people; both internally but also in the functioning of their daily lives. It was this passion that guided me towards Music Therapy and making the journey towards qualifying as a registered Music Therapist.
My approach is psychodynamic and I use music as a way to assess and connect with the client's internal world, and via engaging in music together, build the therapeutic relationship that will be the vehicle for change for the client. Sessions can be for individuals or groups and can be delivered on-site at your premises if appropriate or private space can be sourced my end if required.
If you are unsure about what Music Therapy is and what it can offer you or your organisation then be sure to read the What Is Music Therapy page.
For more information about the profession and role of a Music Therapist check out The British Association for Music Therapy's page on What Is A Music Therapist.
I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and The BAMT. I have a current DBS certificate and my work is covered by public liability insurance.
For a complete list of the professional standards of proficiency I work to please visit https://www.hcpc-uk.org/standards/standards-of-proficiency/arts-therapists/