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About Maria:


Maria is a trained classical cellist and has worked professionally in the music industry as a performer, teacher, lecturer and music therapist, giving her an insight into the pressures of the creative world and the difficulties of working in highly stressful, fast -paced environments. 


In her music therapy work she has experience in community and inpatient adult / older adult mental health settings, and has helped people with early onset dementia, as well children and adults with special needs, ADHD and Autism and non-verbal adults with complex physical disabilities. 


Maria is also a Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) practitioner, and a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, using the Continuum Model of GIM to help people explore their inner worlds.  She has a special interest in using GIM with musicians and performers struggling with stress, trauma, depression and anxiety, as well as complex pain,  and exploring the individuation process and the transpersonal or spiritual  aspects of life.


 In press:  Approaching a New Threshold, Integrating Learning From Supervision Pre and Post Pandemic. 


Skype Supervision and the liminal in the ‘journey of two’ published by Approaches Internatioanl Journal, 2020.

Where Were You Born? A Music Therapy Case Study, British Journal of Music Therapy, Volume 28, No. 2, 2014

Integrated Team Working; Chapter: Music Therapy with Adults with Learning Disabilities, Music Therapy and Psychology, a Joint Approach. Jessica Kingsley Publishing 2008

Qualifications and training:


Performer’s Degree, Royal Academy of Music

Postgraduate Degrees:

Goldsmith’s Diploma in Orchestral Studies

University of Surrey, Roehampton, Music Therapy


Music Therapeutic Studies, University of the West of England

Post MA: 

Fellowship of the Association of Music and Imagery (FAMI)

Music  & Care Certificate (SMI)  

Music and Imagery Certificate (MI) 

Further  training:

  •  KUF Knowledge Skills Understanding Framework: Personality Disorder - NHS

  • Jungian Clinical Concepts - Centre for Applied Jung

  • Qualitative Research Methods - UCL

  • Basic Mentalization Based Treatment Training - ICAPT & Anna Freud Centre

  • Basic Dialectical Behaviour Training - NHS 

  • Certificate Programme - Creating Mandalas 

  • Breath Body Mind Teacher, Level 1

Professional Memberships and Practitioner Links: 

HCPC - Health and Care Professions Council, registration number: AS01571

BAMT: British Association for Music Therapy

AMI: Association for Music and Imagery

MAIA The Music and Imagery Association of the UK and Ireland:

BAPAM approved practitioner, working with performing artists:


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