Our Therapists

Chroma therapists are an award-winning team of Allied Health Professionals who work with partner organisations throughout the UK and internationally. The Health & Care Professions Council regulates us and we follow nationally agreed Codes of Ethics. Our profession has “Protected Title” status. You can check our registration status through The Health & Care Professions Council website.

As individuals, many of us have more than a decade’s experience of working with a particular group of people; some of us have a general practice approach and bring a diverse range of experiences to our work with you; and through our Graduate scheme we support new colleagues to begin their professional careers.

Click on the photos for more information on our therapist’s areas of expertise.

  • Abby Williams

    Abby Williams

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Abby graduated as a music therapist from the University of the West of England in 2012. Since qualifying, Abby’s work has primarily been focused on working with young people with PMLD, brain injury and autism in a specialist college setting. In addition, Abby has begun working with adopted children and their families. Abby also teaches piano and facilitates a singing group for young people with learning disabilities. She also certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017.

  • Aby Vulliamy

    Aby Vulliamy

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified.

    Aby Vulliamy graduated as a Music Therapist from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2003. She specialises in working with children, adolescents and their families, in psychiatric, educational, and hospice settings, with a particular focus on creating healthy attachments and addressing childhood trauma. She also certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017.

  • Alice Hardy

    Alice Hardy

    Music Therapist & NMT Fellow

    Alice qualified as a music therapist from Roehampton university in 2016. Since then she has worked with children and their families in hospice care and post-adoption respectively. More recently Alice has begun to specialise in acquired brain injury with adults and currently works in an acute rehabilitation hospital in London. Alice certified as a Neurological Music Therapist and a MATADOC assessor in 2017.

  • Alice Nicholas

    Alice Nicholas

    Dramatherapist

    Alice qualified as a dramatherapist in 2014 from Roehampton University. She has worked primarily with children and young people, currently Alice specialises in working with fostered and adopted children and their families. Alice has also worked extensively within special education. Alice is also a playwright and theatre practitioner.

  • Alison Bickmore

    Alison Bickmore

    Art Psychotherapist

    Alison is an experience Art therapist and qualified in 1986. Her early work was at Guys and St Charles Hospitals, London in Adult Mental Health Services, she ran both groups and individual art therapy in acute and community units. More recently her experience is with children and young people with attachment and trauma issues. Alison has run art therapy groups for adults with learning difficulties and in centres for adults with issues around substance misuse. Alison also works as a trainer for training in children’s counseling.

  • Alison Shaw

    Alison Shaw

    Music Therapist

    Alison qualified in 2015 as a Music Therapist from Anglia Ruskin. She has worked with children with learning and physical disabilities as well as adults with Parkinson’s and more recently adults with Dementia. Alison has presented the Music Therapy model of working with Dementia at conferences and continues to explore further research with this. Alison began working with Adopted children and families in 2017

  • Amanda Pearce

    Amanda Pearce

    Music Therapist, APCI & NMT Certified

    Amanda qualified as a music therapist in 2008. She has worked with both children and adults with learning disabilities, autism and emotional and behavioural disorders in homes, hospitals and schools. Amanda has extensive experience of working with children and families which is a particular area of interest to her. She also certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017.

  • Amanda Strevett-Smith

    Amanda Strevett-Smith

    Dramatherapist

    Amanda has a 20-year career of Dramatherapy and Systemic Practice, Family and Dyadic Therapy. She uses creative methods for young people and families referred for a range of attachment, systemic and emotional difficulties. Now spending more time in the South near close family, Amanda still has a long standing connection with, and love of West and North Yorkshire. Amanda loves dancing or trying to dance Tango and Zumba. She also loves being outdoors in the wild and loves the sun and cultures and people who live with it! Amanda also loves opera because it reminds her of her Dad and adores theatre, reading and poetry.

     

  • Amanda Thorpe

    Amanda Thorpe

    Music Therapist & NMT Fellow

    Amanda has an extensive career as a songwriter, performer, community musician and special needs tutor, using song to facilitate wellbeing and cognitive functioning for over 15 years.

    With a Psychology degree from UCL and an MA in Music Therapy from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, she is also a certified Neurologic Music Therapist. Since qualifying, she has been working with both children and adults in the fields of Acquired Brain Injury, Mental Health, adoption/fostering, PTSD and post-natal depression, in a variety of settings including the NHS, child and family centres, and privately.

  • Amy Franczak

    Amy Franczak

    Dramatherapist

    Amy qualified as a Dramatherapist from the University of Derby in 2018. Based in Wiltshire, she has experience working in schools with children with social, emotional and behavioural issues including autism. Amy also works with adults in mental health hospitals and has experience working with adults with learning disabilities. Amy is particularly passionate about working with storytelling and puppetry.

  • Amy Shipley

    Amy Shipley

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Information being updated.

  • Annie Henriques

    Annie Henriques

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Annie has worked in education and social work for over 40 years. She trained as a music therapist in her early 60s and bring a wealth of life experience to her therapeutic work. Annie has particular expertise in working with children with autism and those with challenging behaviours. She also certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017.

  • Becca Wintle

    Becca Wintle

    Music Therapist

    Becca Wintle is a qualified Music Therapist (2008) and Occupational Therapist (2003) bringing a wide range of skills. She works with many different client groups, specialising in attachment and/or trauma-related issues.

    Her work draws from Sensory Integration, neuro-developmental, body-oriented and mindfulness approaches and is informed by attachment and trauma theory.  She has a creative, multi-sensory & collaborative approach, seeking to involve families, carers and other professionals as much as possible in the process of therapy.

  • Belinda Sherlock

    Belinda Sherlock

    Dramatherapist

    Belinda qualified as a dramatherapist in 2014. She works with children, young people and adults with experience of trauma and mental ill health, both in the NHS and freelance in education and social care settings. She is also a practitioner in storytelling, therapeutic theatre, clowning and mindfulness.

  • Brigid McGrath

    Brigid McGrath

    Art Psychotherapist

    Brigid is an art therapist working with adults and children. She has experience of working with clients with complex mental health difficulties within inpatient NHS services, and in community settings. She continues to work part-time for the NHS, providing art therapy to clients with learning disabilities. She has developed a specific interest and specialism in the field of autism, through clinical practice and research. Other areas of specialism include bereavement and loss, attachment difficulties, and trauma.

  • Carl Arroyo

    Carl Arroyo

    Art Therapist

    Carl qualified in 2008 as an Art Therapist. His work has focused on children and families, and his research studies into the benefits of Art Therapy with Post Natal Depressed mothers and their infants have been published and are presently the subject of a pilot study with Cardiff University. Carl has worked in children’s centres, special and mainstream schools, psychiatric hospitals and prisons. As well as being active member of the British Association of Art Therapists Carl is also an exhibiting artist.

  • Caroline Dalrymple-Smith

    Caroline Dalrymple-Smith

    Music Therapist

    Caroline qualified as a Music Therapist in 2005. Since qualifying she initially worked for the NHS in inpatient and forensic mental health settings. Since 2013 she has worked in both special schools and mainstream schools with children with a variety of presentations. She also works with adults with PMLD in day services. Caroline has a particular interest in Attachment based difficulties and approaches to therapy. She is based in Berkshire.

  • Catherine Fitch

    Catherine Fitch

    Art Psychotherapist & NMT qualified

    Catherine is an Art Psychotherapist, working with children, young people and families, specialising in attachment issues. She previously worked in adult mental health, specialising in drug and alcohol dependence, and has also worked extensively within the perinatal field. She also completed the Neurologic Music Therapy training in 2017.

  • Charlie Flint

    Charlie Flint

    Music Therapist & NMT Fellow

    Charlie is a music therapist. He completed the Neurologic Music Therapy training in 2017. Charlie specialises in neurologic in-patient and community rehabilitation and is currently heading a nine-month music therapy project on the acute stroke unit at Charring Cross Hospital. He has experience working in post-adoption and adult mental-health, and is interested in synthesizing Lacanian psychoanalytics with traditional music therapy. He is also a full-time jazz pianist and regularly performs throughout London and Europe.

     

  • Charlotte Lawson-Wright

    Charlotte Lawson-Wright

    Art Psychotherapist & NMT certified

    Charlotte is an Art Psychotherapist, working with adults, children, young people and families, specialising in attachment issues.

    Other specialist work includes working with ASD/ high functioning Autism and Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD. SEBD, Attachment difficulties, Addiction and Learning Disabilities.

    Charlotte’s previous work was in both primary, secondary and special educational and therapeutic settings since 1998; she has held many roles, including Teacher, SENCo, Manager and Art Therapist.

    She currently works in the private, voluntary and charity sectors with groups and individuals, with both adults and children that experience a wide range of mental health and behavioural difficulties.

    She also completed the Neurologic Music Therapy training in 2017.

    Charlotte’s interests are around addiction, the impact of trauma, brain development, child and family work.

  • Charlotte Padget

    Charlotte Padget

    Dramatherapist

    My name is Charlotte and I am an accredited and registered Dramatherapist. I have the belief that art has the ability to heal and transform; I am experienced in supporting children, adolescents and adults to work through their difficulties through this creative expressive means of therapy. I gained my Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Theatre Practice in 2012 and used creative skills and passion for helping people to train as Dramatherapist, qualifying with an MA in 2015. My professional journey led me to work in many settings such as care homes, schools and Day Centres for adults with disabilities

  • Christella Lucas

    Christella Lucas

    Art Psychotherapist

    Christella qualified as an art psychotherapist in 2013 and has worked in CAMHS as well as specialist schools for children out of mainstream education. She has a particular interest in attachment, trauma, substance misuse and working dyadically with families. She also works in adult mental health, running groups for individuals with dual diagnosis.

  • Christina Rhys

    Christina Rhys

    Music therapist & NMT Certified

    Following her first career as a professional harpist, Christina trained as a mature student and qualified as a music therapist in 2001. She has worked with children at Acorns Children’s Hospice, and more recently in many different settings with children and adults on the autistic spectrum.  Her work with looked-after and adopted children has included workshops for the London branch of AfterAdoption. She also certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017.

  • Chyla Young

    Chyla Young

    Dramatherapist

    Chyla qualified as a Dramatherapist in 2012 from Roehampton University. Since qualifying she has worked mainly with children and young people in a variety of education settings. Chyla has a vast amount of experience of working with young people with PMLD, Autism, physical and complex learning disabilities. She is also a theatre practitioner who regularly facilitates theatre projects in her local community.

  • Clancy Williams

    Clancy Williams

    Dramatherapist

    Information being updated

  • Cylena Simonds

    Cylena Simonds

    Art Psychotherapist

    Cylena qualified as an art psychotherapist in 2017. Previously, she worked for over 10 years as a contemporary art curator focusing on politically and socially engaged practices.  She now applies her commitment to the transformation potential of art to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of individuals.

    Cylena has worked with children and adolescents in schools, with young people and adults in community health settings, and within a national health service for adults with complex mental health and learning  disabilities. She has particular interests in PTSD and complex trauma, attachment repair, and emotional regulation.

     

  • Deborah Aita

    Deborah Aita

    Dramatherapist

    After a career in arts, theatre and education, Deborah retrained as a dramatherapist.  She then worked at a hospice for nine years as their arts psychotherapist, supporting patients, their families, children and carers, and now is freelance, working with a wide range of ages and issues.

  • Elizabeth Medrow

    Elizabeth Medrow

    Music therapist, APCI & NMT Certified

    Information being updated

  • Ella Cross

    Ella Cross

    Music Therapist

    Ella is a music therapist based in Leeds, having completed her masters in 2018 from QMU in Edinburgh. Prior to this Ella has worked as a support worker and in education. Since qualifying, Ella’s current work is with adults living with dementia, which includes supporting families and caregivers. More recently she has begun work with adopted children and their families.

  • Emma D'Souza

    Emma D'Souza

    Art Psychotherapist

    Emma qualified with an Art Psychotherapy practice MA in 2018. Emma has worked with children in many different settings, as a therapist, a creative lead and an artist in residence. Emma has had many years of working with children whose behavioural needs included autism, emotional regulation issues and attachment disorder. Many of the children she works with have experienced communication challenges, domestic violence, sexual abuse and drug addiction. Emma is based in Leicester and works in and around the East Midlands.

  • Emma Inman

    Emma Inman

    Art Psychotherapist

    Em qualified as an art psychotherapist in 2016 and has worked in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) inpatient unit and intensive outreach service and within education delivering individual and group therapy in schools. Em currently works with looked after and adopted children and their families. Em also works in specialist adult mental health with adults 18 and over with eating disorders.

    Em has special interest in attachment, trauma, bereavement, working dyadically with families and eating disorders and art therapy across the age spectrum. Em has special interest in group work and has published work in the Goldsmiths Art therapy journal Art Therapy Online (ATOL).

  • Erika Lyons

    Erika Lyons

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Information to follow

  • Esme Bray

    Esme Bray

    Music therapist

    Esme qualified as a music therapist in 2014. Experience includes working with children of all ages and their families, supporting those with emotional and behavioural difficulties and supporting attachment, in children’s palliative care with life limiting and threatening conditions and with children on the autistic spectrum. Esme aims to provide a safe, creative, trusting therapeutic environment. Esme also works with adults providing group and 1:1 creative arts therapies – both musical and visual, in palliative care.

  • Evelyn Mason

    Evelyn Mason

    Music Therapist, APCI & NMT Fellow

    Evelyn qualified with a Music Therapy MA in 2008. Her work began in Northern Ireland, where she worked in a range of adult and children settings. Since then, she worked as a music therapist in India and London, and now works in the South West. She specialised in music therapy with people with dementia, and currently specialises in working with young people living with emotional and behavioural challenges, and in neuro-rehabilitation. She certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017, and as an NMT Fellow in 2019. Evie carries out Fagus and APCI assessments with young people who may require extra support for their needs.

  • Fiona Taylor

    Fiona Taylor

    Music Therapist

    Following her first career as a professional flautist, Fiona qualified with a Music Therapy MA in 2009 from the University of the West of England. She has worked with children and young people with learning and physical disabilities and autism, and in adult mental health and dementia. She also trains professional orchestral musicians to use their playing therapeutically in residential nursing homes.

  • Flisan Beard

    Flisan Beard

    Art Psychotherapist

    Flisan qualified in 2006 from Goldsmith University as an Art Psychotherapist, and baat approved Supervisor from 2013. Her specialism is in terminal illness, chronic illness, bereavement, loss and mental health. She has worked with adults as well as children in a hospice setting, hospital, and in mainstream schools. As well as being an active member of the British Association of Art Therapists Flisan is also an artist who runs socially engaged projects exploring trauma, childhood patterns, attachments, grief, bereavement and loss within the public Art domain.

  • Freya Bryant-Cooke

    Freya Bryant-Cooke

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Freya qualified as a music therapist from Roehampton University in 2016, and presented a case study of her therapeutic work at a conference shortly afterwards. Freya’s primary focus is on therapy with children and adolescents with social, emotional and behavioural challenges within a residential care setting. She is also currently working within special needs education and with adopted children and their families.

  • Gail Justice

    Gail Justice

    Dramatherapist

    Gail qualified as a drama and movement therapist in 1998. She has experience of working with children in a range of settings, those who are looked after and adopted and adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues.  She has a particular interest in working with attachment, trauma and resilience and has trained in Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Gail has also worked with mothers and babies and is currently studying for an MA in Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy.

  • George Murray

    George Murray

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    George graduated as a Music Therapist from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2003.  Most of his work as a Music Therapist has been with children and families, people with learning disabilities, people with dementia and with people being supported in palliative care settings.

    George is particularly interested in the processes around how memories are formed and recalled, and the relationship between body/mind.

  • Gergo Danka

    Gergo Danka

    Dramatherapist

    Gergo has worked as a creative drama practitioner in a wide variety of settings for the last 20 years. He obtained an MA in Dramatherapy in 2018, since which time he has co-facilitated brief therapeutic interventions for LAC clients, a series of Reflective Practice sessions for segregation unit officers at a high security prison, and currently runs a fortnightly dramatherapy group at a Herefordshire nursing home. Gergo has worked with children in schools, disadvantaged teenagers at an international summer enrichment program, and most recently – as a dramatherapist – with a child on the autistic spectrum.

  • Gillian Carr

    Gillian Carr

    Dramatherapist

    Gill achieved a BA Hons in Creative Arts in 1980.   After volunteering for Islington Social Services she became an actor/teacher; performing in schools and the community in a variety of locations in England and Wales.  Gill graduated as a dramatherapist from Ripon and York St John University in 2001.  Since this time, she has worked consistently in fostering and After Care in South Yorkshire.  She specializes in Dyadic Dramatherapy, working with carers/parents alongside their children and young people, promoting secure attachments.  She offers training to foster carers and staff in schools in attachment and trauma.  Gill has also worked for Sheffield Children’s Hospital (CAMHS); acute, in-patient unit for adolescents, offering intensive, therapeutic support.

  • Gillian Cowling

    Gillian Cowling

    Art Psychotherapist

    Gillian qualified as an art psychotherapist in 2011.  She has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including working in schools, with looked after and adopted children and adolescents doing both long and short term work.

    Gillian’s work has also involved therapeutic support for the families of those involved in therapy. A great deal of her work has included working with the long-term effects of early trauma and the impact this can have not only on the children and adolescents but also on those they live with.

  • Hayley Southern

    Hayley Southern

    Dramatherapist

    Hayley is a qualified dramatherapist who is dedicated to facilitating the growth of people’s health and sense of self. She has experience of working with a variety of client groups across all age groups including adoption, addiction, mental health, forensics, education and people with physical and learning disabilities.

  • Helen Mottram

    Helen Mottram

    Music Therapist, APCI & NMT Certified

    Helen qualified as a music therapist in 2009 and has worked with children and young people with learning disabilities and autism and with adoptive families. She taught on the music therapy training program in Delhi, India, alongside working in India’s first school for children with autism. Helen also works in an inpatient Mother and Baby unit for Mothers experiencing post-partum depression and psychosis. She also certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017.

  • Hilary Storer

    Hilary Storer

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Following her first career as a professional oboist, Hilary studied for her MA in Music Therapy at UWE, qualifying in 2012. She is qualified in Neurologic Music Therapy and works mainly in the field of acquired brain injury and neurological conditions, with individuals and groups.  She also practices Guided Imagery and Music with cancer patients and their families.

  • Holly Hitchen

    Holly Hitchen

    Music Therapist, NMT Fellow & MATADOC certified

    Holly studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and qualified as a music therapist in 2002.  After qualifying, Holly worked for five years with adults with acquired brain injury, in particular neuro-behavioural disorders, and adults with Huntington’s disease in a leading neuro-rehabilitation hospital.  For the past 11 years Holly has worked with children with acquired brain injury, children with PMLD and complex health needs, and children with special needs including autism.  Holly has co-authored two published articles on the subject of neuro-behavioural disorders within paediatric and adult acquired brain injury.  She is an NMT fellow and is MATADOC certified.

  • Isobel Needham

    Isobel Needham

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Isobel qualified in 2004 from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked in a variety of settings including NHS, charities and schools. Her main client group is children and young people although she has also worked in elderly mental health. Her main area of work includes LD & PMLD, ASD, fostering and adoption, behavioural and emotional issues and children who have suffered abuse. Isobel has a keen interest in early brain development and attachment theory. She joined Chroma in 2016. She also certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017.

  • Jacqui McKoy-Lewens

    Jacqui McKoy-Lewens

    Art therapist

    Information being updated

  • Jacqueline Marlow

    Jacqueline Marlow

    Art Therapist

    Jacqueline qualified as an Art Therapist in 2016. She has extensive experience working with children and young people with complex trauma. She has worked in a variety of settings in the UK including, forensic psychiatric hospitals for children, Cancer and education services. Jacqueline has worked in the Arts internationally including the USA and Middle East. Jacqueline’s work at Chroma specifically focuses on providing art therapy to children working through the psychological loss and separation of being in Care.

  • Jasmine Dent

    Jasmine Dent

    Dramatherapist

    Jasmine qualified as a Dramatherapist from Anglia Ruskin University in 2015. She has both educational and therapeutic experience with children and adults with a range of learning difficulties and emotional/behavioural issues, and in the past has worked with older adults with a dementia diagnosis.

  • Jayne Sewell

    Jayne Sewell

    Music Therapist

    After teaching for many years, Jayne trained to be a Music Therapist at Queen Margaret University qualifying in 2017.  She has extensive experience working with adolescents in SEN and mainstream schools in both a teaching and pastoral role.  As a therapist she has worked with young people who have suffered sexual abuse, domestic abuse and who are experiencing mental health issues.  Also, with adults with Autism and Rett syndrome.

  • Jeni Gill

    Jeni Gill

    Dramatherapist

    With a background in children and youth work and having always been interested in both Drama and Healing, Jeni became a Dramatherapist in 2005. Since then she has managed an inner city Youth Inclusion Team working with vulnerable children transitioning to Secondary school, worked for CAMHS in a PRU setting, facilitated therapy and Managed a team of support workers, working with bereaved families and those facing bereavement. Since 2016 Jeni has been working both privately and freelance for a number of organisations. Jeni has a specific interest in story work and how the use of the imagination and can find resolution in stories both created and those that have been passed down orally through the ages in various cultures. She particularly enjoys the flexibility of using all of the arts to offer client led sessions to client.

  • Jodi Battison

    Jodi Battison

    Art Psychotherapist

    Jodi qualified as an Art Therapist from Hertfordshire University in 2005. Based in Wiltshire she has 20 years of experience working within mental health settings. Jodi has worked for over 10 years in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) as a Child in Care specialist therapist and Art Psychotherapist, working with children in foster care, SGO and post-adoption. Jodi has a special interest in working with children who have been exposed to trauma and attachment difficulties. Jodi is also a qualified yoga teacher and is trained to use Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in the treatment of complex trauma.

  • John Crossfield

    John Crossfield

    Art therapist

    With 16 years practice as an art psychotherapist across health, education, social and community sectors. John specialises in the use of multimedia and digital technologies to inform his approach to enabling clients to engage in an interactive, expressive, creative process that supports exploration of the key challenges people are working through.

  • John Harley

    John Harley

    Dramatherapist

    John Harley graduated from Roehampton University with an MA in Dramatherapy in 2011. He is a dramatherapist, teacher and youth worker. He has worked extensively with children both individually and in groups and has many years experience of working with adults therapeutically and in harnessing creativity and the imagination. He has a special interest in leading retreats. He lives in Dorset.

  • Jonathan Fever

    Jonathan Fever

    Music Therapist & NMT Fellow

    Jonathan qualified as a music therapist in 2012. Since qualifying, he has worked with children and adults with acquired brain injury, children and adults in palliative care, children with additional needs, adults with dementia, children with emotional and behavioral needs, and families in a variety of settings. He also certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017.

  • Julie Gentili

    Julie Gentili

    Dramatherapist

    Julie qualified as a Drama and Movement Therapist in 1997 from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

    Julie has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, those on the autism spectrum and looked after children.

    Julie has a freelance practice where she sees children, young people, adults, couples and families presenting with a broad range of mental health difficulties.

    Julie also works as a clinical supervisor having trained 9 years ago and supervises therapists, students, teachers and health workers.

  • Kat Weston

    Kat Weston

    Dramatherapist

    With over 10 years’ experience Kat Weston offers participants the space to identify, uncover and explore the gift that is themselves and the hero within. She has experience working with adults, young people, groups and families and utilises her training in Theraplay and Sherborne Movement within the dramatic context.

  • Kate Lawrence

    Kate Lawrence

    Art therapist

    Kate became an Art Therapist in 2010. She first became fascinated about the healing power of art during her Fine Art degree. Her work concentrates upon her clients, their relationships and their place in the world. She focuses on attachment, behavioural difficulties and traumatic stress, with adults and children.

  • Katherine Martin

    Katherine Martin

    Music Therapist

    Katherine qualified as a Music Therapist in 2008. Her work has focused mainly on working in mental health, dementia care and SEND. For six years, she worked in low secure and rehabilitation psychiatric settings having set up music therapy services across two psychiatric hospitals in Yorkshire. Her current work settings are special and mainstream schools and care homes for older adults. Katherine also runs her own private music therapy practice. In July 2017, Katherine completed the first accredited Supervision Training for Music Therapists course in the UK at UWE and she now offers clinical supervision to other arts therapists.

  • Kelly-Marie King

    Kelly-Marie King

    Dramatherapist

    Kelly graduated with a degree in English literature in 2006. She then worked in SEN schools and Pru centres and often relied on drama games and exercises to help problem solve and encourage self-reflection. In 2013 she qualified as a Drama and Movement Therapist (Sesame) from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Kelly has a vast amount of experience working in SEN and mainstream schools with a particular interest in systemic working. Kelly has also worked with children and families experiencing difficulties post adoption. Kelly has piloted a programme working with prison officers using dramatherapy techniques, and with offenders living in prison.

  • Kelly Taylor

    Kelly Taylor

    Music Therapist & NMT Qualified

    Kelly worked in education for 15 years before qualifying as a Music Therapist from the University of South Wales in 2017. She has experience of working in mainstream, therapeutic residential, and special education. Kelly’s therapeutic work has primarily focused on working with children and young people who have experienced early childhood trauma. She also has experience of working with children and adolescents with behavioural, emotional & social difficulties; PMLD; and learning disabilities.

    Kelly’s therapeutic work utilises Orff instruments and music technology. She is also a certified Neurologic Music Therapist.

  • Kirsty Daley

    Kirsty Daley

    Dramatherapist

    Kirsty qualified as a Dramatherapist in 2015. Kirsty has experience in working with children and families, supporting both attachment and mental health difficulties. Supporting children and families to learn, develop and build connections and resilience. Kirsty has also worked within schools, probation, prison and addiction settings, supporting a wide range of clients.

  • Lindsay McHale

    Lindsay McHale

    Music Therapist

    Lindsay read Music at Oxford University and then worked in the Music Industry for 8 years in a range of UK & International Marketing roles. In 2006 she left her marketing career to follow her passions – music and people. Post qualifying as a music therapist in 2008 she was Head of Music Services for Nordoff Robbins South East from 2009 until 2016 where she developed a music therapy practice in Croydon, managed a team of music therapists and over 40 outreach posts.

     After 9 years of working as a music therapist she remains passionate about the range of benefits that music therapy & music-making can bring people. In January 2017, Lindsay joined Music as Therapy International as their UK & International Programme Manager where she managed both their existing music skill-sharing projects and developed new opportunities both in the UK & internationally.

    In February 2018, Lindsay decided to go freelance and focus her work around her passion for working with people using music. She is delighted to be joining the Chroma Team as one of their Music Therapists.

  • Lucilla Spencer-Phillips

    Lucilla Spencer-Phillips

    Art Therapist

    Lucilla is an HCPC registered Arts Therapist. Using a variety of games, art materials and story work encourages expression and exploration of feelings, beliefs and relationships in a supportive and non-judgemental way.  This enables a child/young-person to re-frame their world view, and promotes healing where attachment ruptures have occurred, increases emotional literacy, regulation and resilience and encourages building and sustaining positive relationships. Lucilla is passionate about the value of this work, both for the immediate difference it can make for the children, but also for the long-term benefits it can have for their futures and those of their families.

  • Lucy Collings Pettit

    Lucy Collings Pettit

    Music therapist & NMT Certified

    Lucy qualified as a Music Therapist in 2012. Since qualifying, she has specialised in working with children and adolescents; she has worked in a number of settings, including the NHS; special, mainstream and residential schools; and a child and family centre. She is particularly experienced in addressing the social, emotional and psychological needs of children and adolescents with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. Lucy has further experience in working with Looked After Children and children and adolescents with significant complex social, emotional and mental health needs, including needs arising from experiences of trauma and abuse.

  • Lucy Smith

    Lucy Smith

    Dramatherapist

    Lucy qualified as a Dramatherapist in 2000. She has worked with children and young people in a variety of settings in the UK and Ireland including a secure psychiatric service. Lucy’s work is predominantly focused on the impact of trauma in childhood.

  • Lydia Cleaves

    Lydia Cleaves

    Dramatherapist

    Lydia is a Dramatherapist based in South Wales who specialises in working with children and adults with learning disabilities and autism. Her work consists of working part time for CHROMA and part time for the NHS. Lydia has been a Dramatherapist for three years and within this time has also taken on the role of Welsh Representative for Dramatherapist’s in Wales. Within this role has been part of organising a yearly Dramatherapy Wales Conference, been the link person for Wales and part of the subcommittee for BADth (British Association of Dramatherapists).

  • Lydia Pask

    Lydia Pask

    Art Therapist

    Lydia has been a qualified Art therapist since 2007. The majority of her experience has been working with children and young people in various settings including schools, mental health, youth justice, on the autistic spectrum; in particular Aspergers and ADHD and child protection. Lydia has worked in Auckland, New Zealand for six years, returning to U.K. In 2015.

  • Lynn Engler

    Lynn Engler

    Dramatherapist

    Lynn is an experienced Dramatherapist, qualified since 2003, who has previously specialised in working with fostered young people with attachment/trauma issues and supporting/training foster carers.  She also has experience working in the NHS with adults and children with learning disabilities, and running dramatherapy groups for MIND.

  • Madeleine Lund

    Madeleine Lund

    Dramatherapist

    Madeleine qualified as a Dramatherapist in 2013 from Roehampton University and as a Therapeutic Life Story Practitioner from The Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education in 2016. Working mainly with adopted children and their families, she has experience of working with children who have suffered trauma, loss, abuse, domestic violence, have attachment disorder, complex life stories and with emotional, social and behavioural challenges.

    Madeleine loves working with stories and she has devised a Therapeutic Theatre project which she intends to develop further to explore the adoption triangle through story and performance.

  • Manda Thompson

    Manda Thompson

    Art Psychotherapist

    Manda qualified as an Art Psychotherapist in 2001.  Working mainly in school settings with children and families managing the effects of loss/change and exposure to domestic abuse, she has also worked with the judiciary serving as an expert witness in family court proceedings.

    Manda currently works as a senior university lecturer training both art therapists and facilitating Foundation courses.  She is a Clinical Supervisor to several art therapists practising within the education sector and is a member of BAAT, NATE (Northern Art Therapists in Education) and ATCAF (Art Therapists working with Children Adolescents and Families) and is particularly interested in working dyadically/with the family group.

    She enjoys a regular form of jogging (occasional 10k) and coastal sailing, Shetland to Norway in 2018 remains a highlight!

  • Mary-Clare Fearn

    Mary-Clare Fearn

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Mary-Clare Fearn is a Music Therapist who has an extensive range of experience working with children and adults who have learning, emotional and physical disabilities, including autism and attachment disorders.  She has worked in a variety of settings including the NHS and Education.

    For many years Mary-Clare has provided lectures at introductory and MA level, and currently provides training for the University of Roehampton. She is a registered supervisor and part of her practice is supervising other music therapists.  She is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

  • Melissa Elliott

    Melissa Elliott

    Music therapist, APCI & NMT Certified

    Melissa qualified as a music therapist in 2008. Her work has focused on working with people with learning disabilities and mental health problems, and children & family work. She has worked in schools, hospitals and community settings. She has also worked for NHS Wales developing primary care mental health services for adults with a learning disability. She also certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017.

  • Naomi Reid

    Naomi Reid

    Dramatherapist

    Naomi qualified as a Dramatherapist from Roehampton University in 2013.  Since qualifying, Naomi has been working with children in education settings with trauma relating to domestic violence, self-harm and separation/loss and with adults who are NEET with depression/anxiety and expressing emotions.  Naomi regularly engages in drama activities such as tv pilots and workshop facilitation.

  • Nicky Sutton

    Nicky Sutton

    Art therapist

    Nicky qualified as an art psychotherapist in 2007 and has worked extensively with children and families in mainstream schools, a pupil referral unit, in adoption support and as a clinical supervisor. She is trained in the Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment, Webster-Stratton Incredible Years, Dyadic Art Therapy and in Clinical Supervision. She has taught on professional development and academic courses in the UK and has lectured abroad.

    Nicky offers psychodynamic, attachment-based and trauma-informed art therapy, in individual and in parent-child sessions. She is interested in how art therapy can assist the recovery from specific and complex trauma and can foster new patterns of relating with others.

    Along side her work with Chroma Nicky also works at the British Association of Art Therapists.

  • Nicola Williams

    Nicola Williams

    Dramatherapist

    Nicola graduated as a dramatherapist from Roehampton University in 2014. Nicola works in primary schools supporting children with emotional, social and behavioural issues. She specialises in using Dramatherapy to support attachment and identity issue and works in a systemic way to support not only the children but their families and the team around the children.

    Nicola is a producer of May Contain Nuts theatre company,  winners of both the Guardian award for innovation in Mental Health services at the  2018 Advancing Healthcare awards and the 2018 Health and Business award for innovation.

  • Nina Tara

    Nina Tara

    Art Psychotherapist

    Nina qualified as an Art Psychotherapist in 2019. Her experience includes working with children, adults and families impacted by: trauma, emotional and behavioural difficulties; life events such as bereavement; end of life in palliative care; changes in family structure; bullying or abuse; domestic violence; dementia, adoption and psychosocial support for refugees who have been displaced.

    Nina aims to provide a safe, creative, trusting therapeutic environment. She also works with both adults and children providing group and 1:1 art therapy. Nina is also a member of British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

  • Noelle Adames

    Noelle Adames

    Dramatherapist

    Noelle Adames has worked with families and individuals in a healing capacity for over twenty years. With a wide-ranging background as a Drama and Movement Therapist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Artist Educator, Project Manager and Professional Actress, Noelle combines a systemic approach to working with people with the creativity of storytelling, drama and movement.  She has shared her expertise with such organizations as ~ The United States Veteran’s Administration, The State of California Foster Care Agency, The Will Geer Theatre, George Mason University and Grief Encounter.  She enjoys teaching ways to work from a strengths based approach and combines experiences from her many different lives with theory, in order to expand people’s techniques of working with those in need.

  • Patrick Bartlett

    Patrick Bartlett

    Music Therapist

    Patrick graduated as a Music Therapist from Roehampton University in 2010. Patrick has worked primarily with children who have been through the adoption process, children within SEN school settings, and with children and adults through pre and post bereavement in hospices. Patrick is particularly interested in song writing, musical improvisation and harp relaxation.

  • Peter Cobham

    Peter Cobham

    Dramatherapist

    Peter Cobham is an experienced Dramatherapist practicing since 2006, based in Hertfordshire, offering 1:1, dyadic and group Dramatherapy. He has worked with a range of different clients groups including; children enduring trauma and attachment disorders, adult mental health, children and adults with learning difficulties and people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. More recently working supporting families and schools in post adoption support.

  • Peter Darby-Knight

    Peter Darby-Knight

    Dramatherapist

    Peter is an experienced Dramatherapist who has worked in a number of different settings since graduating in 2013.This has included working in NHS adult mental health, supporting children and young people in schools, working with LGBT young people, adults with learning disabilities and he was also the primary therapist on a year-long project that sought to provide sex-workers a safe-space in which to consider their emotional well-being. Peter is currently working within NHS Wales focusing on adult learning disabilities and mental health. Peter enjoys writing and has written a number of articles considering the effectiveness of taking a creative approach to supporting mental health.

  • Rebekah Keenan

    Rebekah Keenan

    Music therapist & NMT Fellow

    Rebekah qualified as a HCPC registered music therapist in 2003 gaining her postgraduate diploma in music therapy and soon after completed a masters degree. She has promoted and developed music therapy in a multitude of settings and worked with adults and children with a variety of complex needs around Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire. In 2017 she became an NMT affiliate after completing her international NMT training.

    Rebekah works for Chroma in a specialist neuro-rehabilitation service using NMT techniques with patients to rehabilitate motor, speech/language and cognitive function. She is integrating NMT into the interdisciplinary context there by working alongside other therapists towards shared goals.

  • Rose Hall

    Rose Hall

    Art Psychotherapist

    Rose is an art psychotherapist, lecturer, artist and gardener. She has 15 years of professional experience within mental health in the NHS, education and charity sector, helping people to work through and overcome many different and complex experiences.

  • Sally Watson

    Sally Watson

    Music therapist, APCI & NMT Certified

    Sally qualified as a music therapist in 1996 and has worked in many different settings with people of all ages, including schools, hospitals and prisons. She currently specialises in working with children with a range of additional needs, including physical and intellectual disability. Sally also teaches music and runs a community choir and orchestra. She also certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017.

  • Sarah Kokkinos

    Sarah Kokkinos

    Dramatherapist

    Sarah qualified as a dramatherapist in 2008.
    She has co-ordinated a dramatherapy-in-schools service and delivered group and individual therapy in schools. She has worked in the NHS as a CAMHS practitioner for children Looked After and adopted and as a TaMHS (Targeted Mental Health in Schools) practitioner.
    Sarah has worked in PRU’s and for charities delivering group therapy to children that have experienced domestic violence.
    Sarah worked in an NHS adult inpatient unit, delivering group and individual therapy to clients experiencing psychosis and clients diagnosed with schizophrenia. She has also delivered a group dramatherapy programme for adults diagnosed with brain tumours.

  • Sarah Payne

    Sarah Payne

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Sarah worked in education before qualifying as a Music Therapist from Anglia Ruskin University in 2017.

    Sarah has previously worked with a wide range of clients, including children with life-limiting illnesses, and adults with dementia. She also has experience working within a neuro-rehabilitation setting, working through aspects of loss and identity, as well as functional aims.

    Sarah’s interests are around attachment, trauma, PTSD, neuro-development and young people with ASD and LD. She is also currently studying a PG-Dip in CYP-IAPT (ASD and LD) at UCL.

  • Shirley Hooper

    Shirley Hooper

    Art Psychotherapist

    Shirley graduated with a Masters degree in Art Therapy in 2009 from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She has worked in this country since graduating, with a variety of different clients: in schools, charities and as an Independent Practitioner. Her experience is with children, young people and families suffering from trauma, bereavement and domestic abuse.

  • Sophie Mawhinney

    Sophie Mawhinney

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Sophie qualified as a Music Therapist in 2016, after completing her MA training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Sophie currently works with children and families in adoption support, with children and adolescents with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and in adult mental health. She also has experience of working with learning disabilities and autism.

  • Sophie Soar

    Sophie Soar

    Music Therapist

    Sophie qualified as a music therapist in 2007.  She has worked with children with profound and multiple learning disabilities and with young children in nursery and primary school settings, although the majority of her work has been in acute and community adult and elderly mental health settings.  She is now moving her focus to working with children and young people.

  • Steve Lyons

    Steve Lyons

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Steven qualified as a music therapist from Anglia Ruskin University in 2006.He has worked with children in both educational and healthcare settings, most recently in acute paediatric care. Steven has also worked as an outreach music therapist supporting children with life limiting conditions and their families in their home. He enjoys playing the guitar, song-writing and shape-note singing. Steven certified as a Neurological Music Therapist in 2018.

  • Sue Ellis

    Sue Ellis

    Art Psychotherapist

    For over 25 years Sue has used photography as a tool to aid communication (Therapeutic Photography, Social Action Photography, Creative Alternative Education) a journey that brought her through Social Pedagogical understanding, training as an Art Psychotherapist and extending her present learning to eco therapy, therapeutic photography and understanding the bodies response to trauma.

    As an Art Therapist, Sue works with children, young people, adults, and the elderly with a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural, not wanting to go to school, or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.

     

  • Themis Kyriakidou

    Themis Kyriakidou

    Art therapist

    Themis started her professional career as an art therapist working with children and families. At the same time she also worked with adults who experienced mental health and neuro-development difficulties, have suffered brain injuries, learning disabilities, visual impairments as well as substance misuse problems. Themis has also developed further specialism and engaged in further academic training in forensic work and in systemic family therapy. Her clinical interests relate to child development, trauma and attachment and their influence on behaviour and relationships.

  • Tia Terefe

    Tia Terefe

    Art Psychotherapist

    Tia qualified as an Art Psychotherapist in 2013 from Roehampton University. Since qualifying she has worked with children, young people and adults in different settings across London. Tia has a special interest in complex trauma, attachment and transracial/transnational adoption. She is currently training to become a certified IFS practitioner.

  • Wendy de St Paer

    Wendy de St Paer

    Music Therapist & NMT Certified

    Wendy de St Paer qualified as a music therapist in 2016. Since then she has worked with children and young people in a variety of settings. These have included a neonatal surgical unit as well as educational and hospice settings. She has also worked as a musician in residence in adult forensic psychiatric units.

    Wendy completed the Neurologic Music Therapy training in 2017.