Erika has an MA in Music Therapy and considerable experience as a music therapist working with children, adolescents and adults with a range of needs including developmental trauma, autism, TBI, mental health and PMLD and with survivors of child sexual abuse.

Erika has additional specialist training in working with dissociative disorders in clinical practice, including Neurologic Music Therapy and has completed Theraplay Level 1 training. She delivers training and workshops for the NHS and schools on Music Therapy and the therapeutic use of music.

She is a member of BAMT, the MU and is HCPC registered.

Erika is also a highly-regarded professional jazz bassist. She has performed at numerous festivals worldwide, recording on radio, television and albums. She says that being a jazz bass player provides a unique experience to support her Music Therapy work. Both require the skill of being able to improvise and to respond appropriately in the moment.

Having been a core member of The Family Place team for many years, Erika has now retired to spend more time with her family. We are delighted that Erika continues to work on a sessional basis with us.