Michaela is an HCPC- and BAMT-registered music therapist with a Masters in Music Therapy from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She is DBS-certified and regularly updates her immunisations and relevant trainings, such as safeguarding and emergency life support. Prior to her music therapy training, Michaela spent her professional life as a classical & jazz-trained pianist and jazz & soul singer, performer and recording artist. However, she often employed music to help to soothe unwell relatives, champion causes close to her heart, and as a way of working through tension and difficulties. Her training as a music therapist joined the things she loves the most about music with her desire to use her musical skill and talent to connect and bring people together, but also, and perhaps more pertinently, to connect people with themselves. She truly sees this as her calling and vocation.
MdC Music Therapy's mission is to provide an integrative therapeutic experience drawing on relational-cultural, person-centred, resource-oriented and psychodynamic musical and psychotherapeutic approaches to explore our interconnectedness with others, and the ways in which we impact and are systemically impacted by our environments. Whatever gender, race or nationality we identify with, we bring that into the therapy space and into the therapeutic relationship together with all the other parts of ourselves. We therefore propose that deep healing, connection and change is dependent on all of us, therapist and client alike, owning not just all the aspects of our personal identities and backgrounds, but also how we are shaped by the systems within which we were born and have developed and grown.
MdC Music Therapy firmly asserts every single person's right to be whole and equal and steadfastly commits to an antiracist and anti-discriminatory practice. This is our ethos inside and outside of the therapy room and we consistently work hard to be worthy of calling ourselves allies to all marginalised peoples, including people of colour, LGBTQIA+, and people who are differently and diversely abled. Our therapists, practices and music strive to be inclusive, but we also acknowledge that they are ever-evolving as we ourselves continue to make mistakes, learn and grow.
MdC Music Therapy aims to provide a dedicated and devoted space where you can be supported in connecting with your complete self (musical, creative, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, cultural and physical) through active music making and building a trusting therapeutic relationship. We recognise each person’s innate musicality (Trevarthen and Malloch 2000) and creative core and we understand that there are many things which can impact on and impair our vital connection to this core, including all forms of trauma, discrimination and distress, difficult attachment patterns and relationships, intergenerational trauma, and differences in mental and physical health and abilities. MdC Music Therapy believes strongly in the capacity of music to restore this connection, which can empower our authentic musicality and creativity, help us facilitate the shifts and changes we wish to make in our lives, and lead us to a better and more accepting understanding of ourselves and others.
The MdC logo is a symbol of our values. It contains: 1) a crotchet rest (which has been turned on its side to form the M), which represents a short pause in the music, a space where you can take time out for a beat, reflect and focus on yourself and your healing; 2) a fermata (which has been rotated to form the C), which signifies that something should be held or sustained, symbolising our therapeutic approach to providing a holding and containing space for you to feel secure enough to build a sustained relationship with your music therapist.
Michaela is an HCPC- and BAMT-registered music therapist with a Masters in Music Therapy from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She is DBS-certified and regularly updates her immunisations and relevant trainings, such as safeguarding and emergency life support. She believes in an integrative and holistic approach to healing which includes exploring all the aspects of our psyches, identities, souls, our physical and physiological selves, and the systems we live in.
Michaela identifies as a woman of colour and sits on the EDIB panel for the British Association for Music Therapy. She is a voice for change, challenging existing music therapy training approaches and practices which remain steeped in White, Western, colonial ideas and which do not inclusively and fairly serve the wide and diverse client group she has seen whilst working in the UK. (Listen to Michaela's BAMT Podcast below.)
Michaela is no stranger to activism, having used her musical platforms to raise awareness for a number of causes and fight for equality as a musician prior to her music therapy training. While primarily a jazz & classically trained pianist and jazz & soul singer, performer and recording artist, she often employed music to help soothe unwell relatives and as a way of working through tension and difficulties. Her training as a music therapist joined the things she loves the most about music with her desire to use her musical skill and talent to connect and bring people together, but also, and perhaps more pertinently, to connect people with themselves. She truly sees this as her calling and vocation.