Louise is a Specialist Attachment Practitioner and Music Therapist with The Family Place at the Devon base.
She has worked within the NHS for over 10 years as a Music Therapist and a Clinical Team Manager. She started her career as a primary school teacher before training to become a Music Therapist and then further training to become a Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT). Louise has experience working within a variety of children’s services and settings, including acute mental health wards, family homes, nurseries, drop in clinics, outreach services, special and mainstream education, child development services, hospital wards and community clinics. She has also worked within maternity care supporting birthing people and their families in the perinatal period.
Throughout her career she has gained extensive experience working with children and their parents/carers with complex developmental, mental health, social and medical needs. She is also experienced in leading specialist diagnostic assessments for Autism.
Louise is currently the South West of England’s British Association of Music Therapist’s (BAMT) area group coordinator. She also enjoys privately supervising trainees, music therapists and other Allied Health Professionals.
Louise is passionate about the use of music and play when working with young people and their families. She believes that no matter what a young person’s ability, we all have an innate capacity to respond to and make music.
Her priority in her work is supporting young people, their families and extended systems to understand themselves and the way they respond and communicate. She feels hugely privileged to work directly with young people and their families.
Louise is currently training in DDP and Theraplay.