Abby has enjoyed a varied career working as a post-graduate PR executive for a government-owned company and a music teacher before training as a music therapist at the University of West England, Bristol in 1998. As a music therapist, she has over 22 years experience working as a facilitator for music therapy improvisation, experiential and therapeutic workshops with children in care.
In collaboration with the MDT, she introduced a Music and Communication programme at primary level for children with social, emotional and mental health issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a PG Dip MT, is a qualified Thought Field Therapist and has a business background in PR, communications and social media management.
As part of her practice, Abby works with adolescents with social, emotional, behavioural and developmental needs in Birmingham. She has introduced teenage-focused techniques of music and technology, drumming for development, pre-composed lyrics, life-narrative writing and genre-specific music-making to this setting and is keen to see how live interventions can empower individuals to transform their communication skills whilst allowing emotions to be expressed, heard and shared.
Her clinical expertise includes child protection issues, autism, attention deficits disorder, gender dysphoria, major life changes, learning disabilities and attachment style work. She is often referred those deemed to be complex and difficult to reach.
Musically, Abby's lifelong passion is flute, piano and community playing. She holds performance, recital and teaching diplomas in these areas.
- Communication and Marketing Committee
- Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee