Qualifications and Experience

  • State Registration No. AS4597 (Health & Care Professions Council, UK)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London validated by City University (2004)

Rivka currently works in private practice with children and adults and for Richmond Music Trust Outreach service.

Until recently, Rivka worked at JCoSS – the Jewish Community Secondary School in Barnet – with children on the autistic spectrum in the Pears Special Resource Provision for 7 years, and continues to see clients there and at other schools as part of her private practice.

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

In addition to the above, Rivka’s extensive clinical experience has involved working with diverse client groups, including women who have experienced domestic abuse, forensic psychiatric patients in a secure mental health unit, children suffering from life-limiting conditions at a children’s hospice, and young children at a special needs pre-school assessment unit.

Rivka is trained in the use of Intensive Interaction, Makaton, and music technology. She has also supervised student Arts Therapists (music, art and drama) on clinical placement, provides training and workshop presentations on Music Therapy and Intensive Interaction, and clinical supervision.

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.


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