music Therapist

Lorraine Ackroyd


Area of interest and relevant experience

I have an extensive background in working with adults with complex trauma, including working with survivors of human trafficking since 2016, and in the homelessness sector, where I ran music sessions in a purpose-built music studio in a large homeless hostel in London. These experiences in using music as a tool for recovery inspired me to train as a psychodynamic music therapist, qualifying in September 2019.

Since then, I have collaborated with a drama therapist to set up and run a creative arts therapy service in a safe house for trafficked women. Other work since qualifying includes running music therapy for an adult mental health charity and providing music therapy for a young boy with cerebral palsy. Other music therapy experiences include running group and individual music therapy in a dementia care home, running a group for preschool children with additional needs, and a group for young adults with psychosis.


MA in Psychodynamic Music Therapy, University of Roehampton

PGCE in Classroom Music and Instrumental Teaching, Birmingham City University

Bachelor of Music degree, Royal Holloway University of London

How long have You worked with Kent occupational therapy?

Spring 2024 

what do you like about being a music therapist?

I love the power of music to break down barriers and help in the recovery process in a modality that feels safe and supportive, as well as creative and relational.
As an example, when providing music therapy for a victim of human trafficking who spoke very little English and was severely traumatised, I used music as a tool to connect and build trust and gently worked with the client to release aspects of her trauma, at her own pace. As a result of long term, regular music therapy, she was able to slowly shift from blocking emotions to being able to talk about them and learned how to work with her emotions in order to heal

Outside of work

I love the outdoors, particularly open water, swimming, and being out in sunny weather for a good walk or cycle. My husband is also very musical, so we enjoy singing and playing music together, playing the guitar, keyboard, and violin. I enjoy good food and wine and love hosting dinner for friends or eating out. I also enjoy frequenting coffee shops that serve good quality coffee! I gave birth to my first child last summer, and I am loving life as a new mum!

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Accreditations & Qualifications

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Occupational Therapists

Are specialists in their field
Are professional members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)
Have degrees in Occupational Therapy
Are registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council)
Are up to date with statutory training and maintain high continued professional development and clinical supervision standards.
Are all DBS checked
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