Our Therapists

All Belltree Music Therapists are highly skilled musicians and clinicians who have completed a Master of Arts (MA) level training in Music Therapy. All music therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (www.hcpc-uk.org). For more information about qualifications and training please visit the British Association for Music Therapy (www.bamt.org)

Meet the Team

Tina Warnock

Tina set up Belltree in 2009 in response to the lack of music therapy provision in Brighton & Hove and Sussex. Following a degree in Social Psychology and several years as a singer / songwriter, Tina qualified as a Registered Music Therapist in 2000. Since then she has worked in Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Child Development services in the NHS, special school settings and with a wide range of private clients. She leads the service at Belltree alongside her music therapy and vocal psychotherapy clinical work, and supervision practice, and is a visiting lecturer for the MA Music…

Mandy Pearce

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,…

Jacqui Attwood

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…

Hazel Child

Hazel qualified as a Music Therapist in 2004, and also 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 and 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 in association with Music as Therapy International, delivering a training programme to care workers. She has also worked with teachers, social workers…

Simi Fyles

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…

Ruth Spencer

Ruth qualified as a Music Therapist in 1990 from Roehampton, following a degree in Music from Nottingham University. Ruth 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. Ruth works with people of all ages, but has most experience working with children and young people aged 0-18 and of working with families. In addition to her work for Belltree, she works in Special Schools, Early Years settings, and with adult addicts in recovery. Ruth…

Lorraine McIntyre

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,…

Wendy Halsted

Wendy qualified as a music therapist in 1988, following nurse’s training and a BA Honours degree in music, dance and drama. It was while working in an institution for adults with severe learning disabilities in the mid 80’s that she discovered the power of music to reach and communicate with very challenged and isolated individuals. As a music therapist, Wendy has been employed by the Sussex NHS Trust in adult and elderly mental health and dementia, by the Ealing Music Therapy project, for children with complex special needs at Mandeville school, London, and in private practise with children and adults…

Claire Brook

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…

Linda Malone

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…

Chloe Parks

Chloe qualified as a music therapist from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2021. Her clinical experience includes working with children and young people living with severe social, emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties, experiences of trauma, bereavement and attachment difficulties, and profound and multiple learning disabilities,. Her masters research focused on the inclusivity of accessing music therapy in adolescent alternative provision. Chloe also has experience offering workshops for adults living with dementia and their friends, families and carers. Before training as a music therapist, Chloe graduated from a music undergraduate degree at City University London. She also…