Emma Packer Music Therapy Service
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As a music therapist Emma offers a creative and holistic way for children and young people to explore, experience and understand their worlds through music.
It is a child-centred approach which uses musical play to help the children explore their feelings in a gentle and understanding way, in their own time. The aim is always to help the child live their life with confidence and resilience so they can reach their potential.
The healing properties of music are universally recognised and Music Therapy aims to help support young people to understand and feel better in their lives, regardless of their musical experience.
This can include creating your own music using real instruments and/or technology, song writing or creatively working with the music of others. It's all about finding the approach which best suits the needs of the person taking part.
Emma has a Masters in Music Therapy and is HCPC and BAMT registered. She has also been a teacher and so understands the challenges and triumphs involved in education at both secondary and primary level.
Music Therapy can help those children with;
- Attachment difficulties,
- Confidence challenges,
- Loss or bereavement,
- Anxiety and other nervous conditions,
- Those who have been adopted or are in foster care
This is not a complete list and often music can help a number of different challenges at the same time.
Emma always aims to help the entire child or young person and, if permission is given, this sometimes involves collaborating between health and social care services as well as education in order to provide the best level of support for the young person.
I always aim to provide a safe space for when life becomes challenging and difficult.
Emma has a Masters in Music Therapy and is HCPC and BAMT registered. She has worked extensively in schools and privately, understanding the challenges facing students of all ages in todays education system.
Who to contact
Where to go
- The Old Sorting Room
- TR2 4LA
I work from where ever is most suitable - school, home or in my bespoke therapy space in Probus.
It is light, airy and has good access.
There is no waiting room.
Time / date details
- When is it on?
- Tuesday and Wednesday
- Time of day
- Session information
Music Therapy session last for between 30 and 50 minutes once a week.
- Some help may be provided if you are in Social Care.
Please get in touch for a price listing.
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
- Age ranges
- From 3 years to 21 years
- Referral required
- Referral details
You can self referral or be referred by another professional. Please contact via email or telephone to discuss your needs further.
- How we make our service inclusive
I have completed specialist training in trauma (particularly trauma in schools training), child development and attachment difficulties, adoption and fostering.
I am also a qualified secondary teacher who works extensively in both primary and secondary schools supporting children and their teachers to understand their different experiences. I have worked with both mainstream and SEND young people to access music in the most creative way possible.
I can adapt most sessions to suit different types of accessibility needs and always plan them to include the most suitable range of instruments.
My room is wheel chair accessible via a ramp.
- Staff SEND experience
Music is universal and I believe even the breath can be used to facilitate communication. I also have training in dyslexia, dyspraxia and have experience working with young people with communication challenges.
- How our service supports providers / schools / colleges
I communicate regularly with all the people in a young persons life to share thoughts, experiences and research. I aim to be an advocate for the child in order to help all adults see the child or young person as more than their behaviour. This is particularly important for children who have experienced trauma and therefore struggle with more traditional teaching methods at school.
- Support at key transition points
By offering a safe space to experience and explore anxieties, challenges and triumphs through music and musical experience during, before and after, transition points. This can be individual and within a group, depending on the needs of the child or young person.
- Other local or national support
www.BAMT.org has extensive information on what Music Therapy is and can offer.
www.cornwallmusictherapytrust.org has local information.
https://www.hcpc-uk.org can also be contacted.
- Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints
Complaints can be made directly to the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).
Last updated: 03/01/2019