Karen continues to explore expressive arts therapies in her ongoing series by welcoming Jackie Robarts to the show to conclude their discussion on using music therapy to explore attachment.
Jackie Robarts has many years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults with histories of early trauma and attachment issues, across a range of conditions. She is an experienced teacher of music therapists both at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London where she taught clinical and theoretical studies, and at Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre in London, where she was Senior Therapist and Clinical Tutor for 25 years, teaching clinical improvisation and core studies. Robarts is registered as an Arts (Music) Therapist with Health & Care Professions Council, and is a full member and supervisor with the British Association for Music Therapy. She is also an accomplished pianist, composer, and writer.
Robarts' music therapy practice spans over 40 years and includes working with a wide range of children, adolescents, and adults in the NHS, where she headed a music therapy service; in schools; and at Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre, London. She has also worked with musicians and other creative artists in the areas of wellbeing and mental health. She continues to present and teach internationally, illustrating music therapy practice and theory in work with children, adolescents and adults. She will be the editor of 'Symbolic Play & Creative Arts in Music Therapy with Children and Families' - to be published early 2023 by Jessica Kingsley.