What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a registered professional who has completed an approved, post graduate Music Therapy training programme.  It is a well-established allied health profession that uses music therapeutically to address behavioural, social, emotional psychological, communicative, physical, sensory-motor, and cognitive functioning.

In the United Kingdom, Music Therapists must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, and most are also members of the British Association for Music Therapy.


Music Therapist

Qualifications and Experience

  1. State Registration No. AS4597 (Health & Care Professions Council, UK)

  2. Post-Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London validated by City University (2004)

  3. Bachelor of Music Degree, The Juilliard School, New York (1994)

Juilliard graduate Rivka Gottlieb is a versatile international harpist, Music Therapist and teacher.

Currently Rivka works for Richmond Music Trust Outreach service and in private practice.

Most recently Rivka worked for 7 years at JCoSS - the Jewish Community Secondary School in Barnet - with children on the autistic spectrum in the Pears Special Resource Provision.

Prior to this, Rivka worked for Ealing Music Therapy at St. Ann’s School, a large secondary school for children and young people with severe and complex learning disabilities, including autism, communication difficulties and challenging behaviour.

Rivka worked for the NHS for two years within Ealing Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities, based in a day centre specializing in challenging behaviour.

Rivka also set up and ran a music therapy service for adults accessing Norwood’s Day Opportunities Services in North London for two years.

Rivka’s extensive clinical experience has involved working with diverse client groups, including children and adults with learning disabilities and autism, adult forensic psychiatric patients in a secure unit, children suffering from life-limiting conditions at a children’s hospice, young children at a special needs pre-school assessment unit and children with profound and multiple learning disabilities and sensory impairments.

Rivka is trained in the use of Intensive Interaction, Makaton, and music technology. She also supervises student Music Therapists on placement, and provides training and workshop presentations on Music Therapy and Intensive Interaction.