Claire is listed on the supervision register of the British Association of Music Therapy (www.bamt.org.uk) listed under London North.
Supervision is a professional requirement of music therapists’ work in which therapists are encouraged to question and reflect on their thinking and work. It can offer a new way of listening and can offer support and guidance to the therapist. Musical resources can be explored (pre-dominantly improvisation, but also precomposed and structured activities) as well as attachment, psychodynamic and developmental theory.
Individual, pair or group supervision is offered in North London or by skype sessions in the following clinical areas:
- Early years work. Working with infants (and their parent/carer) closed and open groups, or mother and baby.
- Adopted children
- Elective mutism
- Children and teenagers with autism (age 3 – 16), EBD, PMLD, cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, developmental delay, children and adults in hospice care. Child, adolescent and adult mental health, adults with learning difficulties, students on art therapy training and music therapy students on training courses.
Supervision is offered or on a regular basis according to need. Fees according to BAMT rates. Sessions last for one hour or can be extended when required or when working with groups.
Consultations can be arranged as a one-off session and are offered on all aspects of clinical work with a particular interest in the following areas:
- Working with groups
- Setting up work in the community (in schools, children’s centres etc..) and private practice
- Running workshops on a range of subjects in different settings
- Writing up and evaluating music therapy projects
- Preparing for interviews/presentations/workshops
The music created in the session is the primary means of communication between the client(s) and the therapist. By applying musical techniques of meeting, matching and reflecting music therapists learn to use their voice and musical instrument clinically. For classically trained musicians it can sometimes be challenging to find a new way of thinking and playing their instrument. Claire offers individual improvisation lessons on the piano, voice and at times using a range of smaller percussion and melodic instruments. The following people may find improvisation lessons beneficial:
- Musicians thinking of training as a music therapist and preparing for auditions
- Music therapist in training
- Newly qualified music therapists wanting to practice techniques
- Classically trained musician wanting to explore alternative methods of playing