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About Maria:


My passion for music began when I fell in love with the cello at 8 years old; I went on to study both cello and piano at Leeds College of Music, The Royal Academy of Music, and the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, and have a broad experience of the music industry. I have worked as a freelance musician in a variety of ensembles, including the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, English National Opera North, Quatrocelli, and the Covent Garden String Quartet, and recorded sessions with EMI, BBC TV, & Trimmer Music. I have also written and performed my own song cycle with texts by Hafiz and Rumi, with Spilling Oil and The Orion Ensemble. 

I became interested in the therapeutic aspect of music when I was working as a peripatetic cello teacher, and realised how important music was in childrens' lives. I went on to train as a music therapist at the University of Surrey, Roehampton, and now have more than 20 years’ experience in a wide variety of settings. My current roles include running a private music therapy, GIM and supervision practice, working in CNWL's Older Adults Arts Psychotherapies Team, Tutor and Lecturer at the Academy of Contemporary Music, and Lecturer at the University of South Wales, on the Music Therapy MA training programme. 

I also trained in clinical supervision at the University of the West of England in 2016, completing the first course available to music therapists, (passing with distinction), and began my Level 1 GIM training as part of the MA in Music Therapeutic Studies. I am now qualified in the continuum model of GIM, holding certificates in Supportive Music and Imagery, Music and Imagery, and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. As part of the journey, I studied the use of mandalas for personal development and growth with the Creating Mandalas team, headed by Suzanne Fincher, and love to incorporate their use in sessions as an aid for processing imagery experiences. I believe that GIM draws together many of my skills and life experiences and embraces my knowledge of the classical music repertoire, interest in personal development, a love of depth psychology, training in Jungian clinical concepts, and experience and knowledge of music therapy. 

I offer in-person sessions in London and Stroud / Gloucestershire area,

and am experienced in providing online GIM, Music Therapy and clinical supervision sessions. 


 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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