Matt is an HCPC registered professional Music Psychotherapist. Matt qualified in 2006 and has experience of working in a variety of different settings, including the NHS, a children’s hospice and adult mental health. Since moving to Bristol in 2017, he has worked with the charity Soundwell to provide music therapy groups for adults with mental health issues.
Matt came to Music Therapy through an involvement in inclusive playwork and an interest in psychoanalysis, both of which are very much influenced by the psychoanalyst DW Winnicott. As a practicing musician and artist this led him to train as a Music Therapist at Roehampton University.
He is also a registered supervisor with the BAMT and HCPC registered (AS08225).
Areas of Specialist Experience
Matt has worked with diverse client groups presenting with a wide range of difficulties such as: low mood, stress, anxiety distressing emotions, effects of trauma, relational difficulties, and loss and bereavement. His work with children has covered developmental aspects as well as issues such as elective mutism, visual impairment, ASD, depression and anxiety.
His involvement in improvised music has influenced his very person centred and relational approach where music can aid the verbal aspects of the session or provide a means of expression, contemplation or relating when words are not available.
The Music Therapy that Matt practices is a psychodynamic and person-centred psychotherapy. Matt provides a safe and containing environment in which the client is supported to discuss or reflect upon the issues they wish to bring to the session, at their own pace, in order to initiate the changes necessary for health.
Music gives form to the therapeutic relationship and communication; it is used creatively, without any need for previous experience or skill. Music is played with the client (not to the client) and the shared musical experience enables interaction, leading to the pursuit of therapeutic goals.
To use or play music in the session is not an obligation or pre-requisite and no musical experience is required at all. Sessions are usually a mix of both music and words.
Music therapy is suitable for both children and adults, and for children, it can provide the opportunity for relating, expressing and exploring through play, when words may not be the main tool of communication.