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Meet our team- Waves Music THerapy
Dominique le Vack Dominique is a composer & songwriter with a background in performance who studied Music Therapy at Nordoff Robbins in 2014. She enjoys running several choirs including Singing for the Brain with The Alzheimer’s Society and has 8 years' experience as a music tutor and practitioner within FE, along with her own private practice.. She now divides her time between St. Magnus Hospital in Haslemere working within forensics and composing albums in her Worthing studio.
Anna Macken Anna qualified as a music therapist in 2017, and has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and adults living with cancer. Anna is passionate about encouraging schools to explore improvisatory music making opportunities as a means of supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people; she believes that all children should have the opportunity to raise their voice, to feel heard and to celebrate their creativity and ability through music making
Hazel Child After graduating in 1999, Hazel Child qualified in both music teaching and music therapy before spending 8 years working in a secondary school for young people with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. She has since widened her scope to include adult mental health, in particular the challenges arising due to dementia. She now works in a range of settings, including mainstream schools, private and community care facilities, with all ages and abilities.
Gabrielle Norman After a successful career in marketing and in teaching, Gabrielle completed her MA in Music Therapy at Roehampton University. Gabrielle has experience of working with children and adults with a variety of needs including learning disabilities, PMLD, mental health and life-limiting conditions. During training Gabrielle worked in a children’s hospice and became particularly interested in the role of music therapy within palliative care, completing her MA research in this area.
Ruth Spencer Ruth qualified as a music therapist in 1990 from Roehampton, following a degree in music from Nottingham University. She then worked for Autism East Midlands (formerly NORSACA) for 8 years before moving to Sussex. She has many years’ experience working with clients with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs, emotional and behavioural problems and attachment issues. She works with people of all ages, but has most experience working with children and young people aged 0-18.
James Count James qualified as a music therapist in 2017 from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and has since moved down to Sussex. James is currently working in a special needs college in West Sussex, where clients include non-verbal adolescents with learning disabilities and autism. His previous experience also includes working on an acute adult psychiatric ward, where clients have a wide range of mental health difficulties
Victoria Hartkemeyer Victoria qualified as a therapist in 2005 and went on to lead the music therapy departments in two London schools before moving to Denver, Colorado. Since returning she continues to manage a clinical caseload with directing the charity, focusing on building links with the community and helping to gain funding to support the work.
Kirsten Halliday Kirsten works in London with adolescents with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She helped to establish Waves Music Therapy in 2013 and is still involved in a consultancy role.
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