I completed my Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Studies (Violin performance) at the University of Cape Town in 2014, with a major in psychology. My experience of playing music with others in orchestras and chamber groups during these years enriched my understanding of the ability of music to connect and build relationships.
After an intensive two years of practical work, lectures and a dissertation, I completed my Masters in Music (Music Therapy) at the University of Pretoria in 2016. Over these two years I gained experience in the fields of adolescent and adult mental health, children with special needs, autism, psychogeriatrics, youth-at-risk, childhood development and violence against women. I have a special interest in the ability of music therapy to enhance the resilience of both individuals and communities, to enable coping skills when faced with adversity and stress.
In addition to private practice, I also facilitate sessions at Red Cross Hospital’s department of child and adolescent psychiatry, at Glendale Home for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and at St Anne’s Homes Woman’s Shelter. I am also working towards becoming a qualified Guided Imagery and Music fellow. In my spare time I play violin in a string quartet that focuses on modern classical music.