Mrs Rebekah Duncalfe
BMus (Hons), MA Arts
BMus (Hons) Music, Trinity College of Music and Drama
MA Music Psychotherapy, Guildhall School Of Music And Drama (MA Arts)
Registered Practitioner Music Psychotherapist, Health Professionals Council (HPC)Member of BAMT (British Association of Music Therapy)
I have worked as an accredited Music Therapist since 2009.
A fully accredited music psychotherapist with over 13 years of experience, my passion is using creativity to help clients move forwards with positivity. I gained an MA in Music Psychotherapy in 2009 and set up my own creative therapies practice in 2016. My experience includes providing therapy in adult mental health settings and I especially enjoy a person-centred approach. I enjoy working with families as well as 1:1 therapy. My approaches include psychodynamic, person-centred, integrative and systemic.
My work has been wide-ranging, encompassing community, corporate and education. This can take the form of such things as workplace choirs, workshops, both individual/group psychotherapy and mental health days, as well as online therapy or ‘walk and talk’ therapy.
My belief is that every person has the capacity for creativity and change; and that onesize doesn’t fit all. To that end, I provide accessible, tailor-made care to help you on your journey.
My Clinical Experience
- Director and Lead Therapist, Meraki Crea5ve Therapies
- Mind Mental Health
- Shoo5ng Stars, Chase
- Christ College, Guildford
- Guildford Nurseries
- MildMay, London
- St Bernards, London and HMP/YOI Feltham, London
Areas of specialism and experience include
- Schizophrenia Spectrum
- Psychosis Bi-polar
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Neurodevelopment Disorders
- Eliminason Disorders
- Refugee Work
How I Work
Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention. It aims to help people of all ages whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs.
As human beings, music plays a fundamental role in our identity, culture, heritage and spiritual beliefs. Everyone has the ability to respond to music, and music therapists draw upon the innate qualities of music to support people of all abilities, through engagement in live musical interaction. Central to how music therapy works is the therapeutic relationship that develops through this interaction. A wide range of musical styles and instruments can be used, as well as techniques including songwriting, improvisation and music technology.
The first stage is to meet the client/family for an initial assessment and from there the most suitable plan for therapy would be drawn up. This would include thinking about long-term therapy or shorter pieces of work. Each step of the process is talked about closely with the client so that the plan is a collaborative process.
The sessions can take all shapes and forms, ranging from just simply talking or using more creative methods for example active music-making, song writing, singing and improvisation. By using music as a psychological intervention, difficult thoughts and feelings can be looked at in a safe and contained space.
Where I work & Online Service
I offer clinic-based sessions from Guildford and surrounding areas. In light of the Covid-19 crisis I am now offering therapy online, which can be accessed through Zoom, telephone and other methods.