“ [Josie] encourages social interaction amongst the service users and allows them to be creative. ”

D.C, Manager, Adult Day Centre, Belfast.

“ Josie is attentive and sympathetic to my needs and always has a solution. ”

S.C, Belfast


Brian Stafford


Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin


Benno Hunziker, Basel


What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is a clinical evidence-based intervention using music, sounds and voice in interactive, imaginative and stimulative ways to create change and improvements in communication, social, cognitive and physical needs and to enhance a person's emotional and mental well-being.

The Music Therapy Process

The intervention involves four steps: assessment, therapeutic goal setting, treatment and evaluation. Each music therapy intervention is tailored to meet a person's individual needs.

About My Practice

I provide Music Therapy services to people of all ages in the Belfast and the North-Eastern counties, including Co. Louth. Previously I have worked in Cambridge, Nottinghamshire and Derry/Londonderry.

I also work as an outreach music therapist for Middletown Centre for Autism, The Alzheimer's Society and Music Therapy Connections Northern Ireland.

I am dedicated to providing measurable and tangible outcomes to enhance communication, interpersonal and cognitive skills through structured creative musical activities.

I bring commitment and wisdom to my practice to help people address their psychological needs and emotional well-being using free musical improvisation as a tool of self expression and enlightenment.

Music Therapy Examples

I offer family, group and individual interventions for young children and adults in various settings including school, home, family & residential homes and hospices.

I have expertise across the autism spectrum to address impairments in social communication, interpersonal skills, imagination and flexibility of thought as well as using music therapy to support emotional needs and build self esteem.

1. Interactive play skill development
Non-verbal child with a diagnosis of autism and global developmental delay who appeared to have an intolerance to musical sounds.
Music Therapy Intervention
This music therapy intervention offered opportunities to explore musical sounds using various instruments. The violin, which fascinated the child, was identified for the sounds that could be created on it, its shape and resonance of tone. This gave the child a chance to be creative in play, exploring sounds and shape, thereby developing social interactive skills through the symbolic use of the violin as a play tool.
2. Emotional Needs
Teenager with a diagnosis of ASD with emotional needs
Music Therapy Intervention
The music therapy intervention helped the teenager build a connectivity with the therapist in a contained confidential space. This enabled the teenager to self-express and work through emotional feeling states using chosen musical instruments in free musical improvisation with the therapist as a tool to self-heal.

I am skilled at developing social interactive musical activities to meet the needs of adult groups with varying needs including learning difficulties, loneliness and isolation in day-centres, care-homes and out-patient settings.

Social Interactive Music Therapy
Music therapy group for adults in a local community to develop self-esteem, social interactive and communication skills.
Music Therapy Intervention
This intervention focused on creative musical activities, facilitated by the therapist to assist peer awareness, develop turn-taking and leadership skills. Familiar and composed interactive songs were used to encourage the creation of a repertoire of group songs and a sense of comradeship within the group.

I have expertise offering short and long-term music therapy interventions in day centres, hospitals and care homes. In my group sessions I have developed warm-up activities, creative musical and singalong activities to increase arousal and participation levels, thereby building self-esteem and a sense of belonging. These sessions also assist reminiscence through song memory recall, leading to conversations, social connectivity and feelings of self-worth.

Arousal and Connectivity
Adult at the more advanced stages of dementia who no longer appeared to be able to interact with others.
Music Therapy Intervention
Familiar songs, sung and played on violin were used to enhance levels of alertness and encourage vocalisation as a means of communication. This led to the client being able to participate in meaningful interactive vocal dialogues, giving him a period of time to be himself and to interact with others in his present world without the feelings of fear and sadness that were often otherwise present within his being.

I have expertise offering short and long term interventions to adults with acquired brain injuries, including stroke and hypoxia, and to adults with traumatic brain injury in rehabilitation and day centres. Music therapy interventions can help bring a patient to a greater sense of alertness, a chance to reconnect and communicate with others while also addressing mobility and speech stimulation.

Adult Post Stroke
Adult post stroke with aphasia and left side weakness.
Music Therapy Intervention
The use of neurologic music therapy techniques, such as Therapeutic Instrumental Music performance (TIMP) helped to build right hand mobility and Musical Speech Stimulation (MUSSTIM) encouraged the patient to vocalise again. The music therapy intervention also helped the patient to build her self esteem and social connectivity with others.

I have experience offering music therapy interventions to patients with personality disorder in forensic settings in the NHS, England. I am skilled at developing a patient centred intervention sitting alongside goals set by a multidisciplinary team to enhance the patient's motivation and readiness for change.

Personality Disorder
Adult with personality disorder in a forensic hospital setting
Music Therapy Intervention Goals
Establishment of a safe contained therapeutic connection with the therapist though interactive musical dialogue and discussion. Use of a psychodynamic music therapy approach to facilitate a patient opening up to disassociated feeling states and gaining a greater understanding of different self states and addressing levels of motivation and readiness to deal with different self states.

I am experienced in offering music therapy interventions for children, family and adult groups in residential and day hospices in Cambridge, England and Northern Ireland.

I am skilled at creating individual music therapy interventions to raise self-esteem, give control and choice to those who have little in other aspects of their lives and to provide creative opportunities which enhance self-expression and communication when words are not possible or inadequate. I have expertise offering adult group interventions to enhance social engagement, enjoyment, fun, therefore creating a distraction from anxiety and illness.

Raised Self-Esteem
Teenager with muscular dystrophy
Music Therapy Intervention
Music Therapy provided this teenager a creative space to relax and explore ideas and thoughts in a new way through creative improvised music and discussion. The sessions also provided activities which built self esteem and addressed endings.