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Tina qualified as a music therapist in 2000, following a degree in Social Psychology from Sussex University in 1992. She has since worked in a wide range of settings, including 7 years for the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Sutton), Child Development (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) and Adult Learning Disability services (Carshalton), elderly Mental Health and Special Schools. Tina has extensive experience working with clients with autism and learning disabilities of all ages and abilities, frequently combined with mental health issues. Her special interest is voice work. Tina set up Belltree in 2008 in response to the lack of music therapy provision in the Brighton and Sussex area and continues to lead the service as a director, alongside her caseload and clinical supervision practice. She is also director for Vocal Psychotherapy UK and a visiting lecturer on the MA Music Therapy course at Roehampton University. She is approved as a clinical supervisor by the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT).
Mandy qualified as a music therapist in 2008 from Roehampton University. She went on to complete the MA in Music Therapy in 2010, focusing on researching and evidencing the various ways in which music can enhance brain development and rework attachment relationships. Working as a freelance in numerous settings Mandy has had extensive experience of working with children and adults in both individual and group settings, as well as with families, with complex Learning Disabilities, ASC, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Trauma and in Palliative care. She works in as a music therapist in various settings including mainstream and special schools, day centres and in private homes. Mandy has completed the NMT (Neurologic Music Therapy) and MATADOC (Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness) trainings and works with ABI and CBI patients of all ages using structured NMT techniques and song writing. HCPC Registration No: AS13066
Jacqui qualified in 2006 from Roehampton University, London having previously worked as a musician in London following a BA Honours degree in Popular Music and Recording from Salford University in 1996. Her Music Therapy experience involves a range of client groups including neuro-rehabilitation, children and young people with autism and learning disabilities, palliative care, mental health and dementia. Jacqui has previously volunteered for the European Association of Music Therapy (EMTC) in Mostar, Bosnia working with orphans and refugees impacted by post-war trauma. She also works as a composer and sound therapist. If appropriate Jacqui also uses music technology alongside traditional instruments.HCPC Registration No: AS 08046
Andreas qualified as a music therapist in 1998 from Roehampton University following a degree in Social Pedagogy/Social Work in Germany. In 2015 he furthered his studies by undertaking the MA programme at the University of West England focusing on research and evaluation of Music Therapy practice. Andreas is a classically trained musician, playing violin and piano. He uses these instruments in Music Therapy sessions alongside a wide array of other instruments, as well as singing and percussion. His clinical practice includes children with a wide range of emotional and developmental needs as well as adults with mental health problems, dementia, acquired brain injuries and learning disabilities. He also works with self-referred adults accessing Music Therapy as a form of emotional support. Andreas is approved as a clinical supervisor by the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT). He is also a visiting lecturer on the MA course in Music Therapy at the University of Roehampton. HCPC Registration No: AS00796
Simi qualified as a music therapist from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015 following a degree in Music from Cardiff University and several years of teaching music and leading various ensembles in both Sussex and London. Her music therapy experience includes working with young children and teenagers with learning disabilities, autism and emotional, behavioural difficulties in early years / family based settings, SEN and mainstream schools and a school specifically for children with visual impairments. Simi’s clinical experience also extends to working in care homes and community settings for adults living with dementia, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism and other mental health difficulties. HCPC Number: AS 15306
Hazel qualified as a Music Therapist in 2004, and in addition trained as a secondary school music teacher at Sussex University. She spent 8 years working at a school for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has since expanded her practice to work with people of all ages and abilities, with a particular interest in music therapy in dementia care. She was shortlisted for an AHA award in 2018 for her work with Guild Care in Worthing. Hazel also works for Music as Therapy International, delivering training programmes to teachers, social workers and young people across three schools in the West Bank, Palestine.HCPC Registration number: AS14421
Ruth qualified as a music therapist in 1990 from Roehampton, following a degree in music from Nottingham University. She then worked for Autism East Midlands (formerly NORSACA) for 8 years before moving to Sussex. She has many years’ experience working with clients with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs, emotional and behavioural problems and attachment issues. She works with people of all ages, but has most experience working with children and young people aged 0-18. In addition to her work for Belltree, she works in Special Schools and Early Years settings. HCPC Registration number: AS05777
Claire qualified as a Music Therapist in June 2017 from Roehampton University following a BA Honours degree in Music at the University of Sussex and a 15-year career teaching as a secondary school music teacher. Prior to this she worked as a Nursery Nurse for 8 years in a range of settings including a residential home for children with Autism. Claire’s clinical practise has focused mainly on children and adults with neuro-disability and she has completed additional training in relation to this work, qualifying as a Neurologic Music Therapist in September 2017 and as a MATADOC (Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness) assessor in March 2018. Claire is currently working for the Children’s Trust in Tadworth supporting children with brain injury. She has a special interest in vocal work and plans to begin training in Vocal Psychotherapy this year. In her free time, Claire enjoys singing in the Sussex University chamber choir and drumming in Brighton Samba.
Lorraine qualified as a Music Therapist in summer 2019 from Roehampton University, having completed a Bachelor of music degree at Royal Holloway University of London and a PGCE in secondary music several years earlier. Between studies, Lorraine has had extensive experience working with adults with mental health challenges, including running music groups and music studio sessions in a homelessness service. During her MA in music therapy, Lorraine undertook placements running music therapy for adults with dementia, pre-school children with special educational needs and a third placement running a group for young adults with first episode psychosis. Since completing her MA, Lorraine has been running a music therapy project working with victims of human trafficking. HCPC registration AS 16833.
Linda qualified as a music therapist in 1998 from Roehampton University in London, following a degree in English Literature, and several years as a music teacher. As a music therapist Linda has many years’ experience working with children and adults with learning disabilities, autism, communication disorders, emotional and behavioural problems, life-limiting conditions, dementia and trauma. This includes 7 years in the NHS, (Haringey LD service, South London & Maudesley NHS Trust), 5 years in a medium secure hospital for women with PTSD, complex mental illness, personality disorder and ongoing work in special schools. She has always been involved in music -making, learning piano and guitar, singing in choirs and later studying voicework and improvisation. Linda is also a drum workshop leader and has worked as a professional musician (percussion/harmony vocals) since the 1980’s. Linda is approved as a clinical supervisor by the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT).HCPC Registration number: AS01798