Our team of HCPC registered music therapists share a passion for the transformative power of music. They have a wealth of experience and work to provide music therapy in a range of different settings.
Our music therapists are highly skilled musicians who are expertly trained to tune into each individual following their movements, reactions and expressions carefully using music to transform their lives.

Lucy Dindoyal

Lucy Dindoyal

Music Therapist

Lucy graduated from Roehampton University in 2017 with a Masters degree in Music Therapy. Her deeply held belief in the benefits of using music to connect with children and adults lies at the core of her work, and her approach encompasses an accepting, open and flexible attitude, treating each client according to their individual needs. Her creative use of music, using the piano, flute, her voice and percussion leads to the positive development of relationships, encourages self-expression and enhances wellbeing. 

She has experience in a variety of settings, including schools and respite homes, working with non-verbal and verbal children and adults, with ASD and a variety of learning disabilities, including PMLD. She works on a one-to-one basis, as well as with groups.

When not practicing music therapy, she loves spending time with her two children, taking them to art galleries, museums and the cinema – and whenever she can snatch a few quiet moments, loves to read and practice yoga.

Kamila Ciesluk

Kamila Ciesluk

Music Therapist

Kamila is a newly qualified music therapist from the University of Roehampton. She is a singer and can also play piano and guitar. She has experience of working with children and adults with autism and learning disabilities and is very interested in exploring the possibilities of the voice with clients, especially those who are non-verbal.

In her free time she enjoys travelling and getting to know the music of different cultures, as well as trying foods from all around the world.

Elaine McGregor

Elaine McGregor

Senior Music Therapist & Director

Elaine McGregor complimented her music degree with a post graduate diploma in advanced vocal studies and completed her Masters music therapy training at Nordoff Robbins in 2013. Her experience includes working with children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties, on the autistic spectrum and adults with dementia and in neurological rehabilitation. She regularly presents on music therapy including recently at the Ataxia UK Annual Conference, London and 3rd International Scientific Conference at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland

Katie Bolger

Katie Bolger

Music Therapist

Katie has been immersed in music from an early age, starting with playing the flute and piano before finding a passion for writing music, singing and playing bass guitar. This ever-growing interest in music allowed Katie to continue with her musical ventures whilst working as a project manager in IT and Banking for 15 years.

Katie became interested in music therapy after volunteering in primary schools and teaching music to children with special educational needs. Seeing first hand how music can reach children inspired Katie to turn her passion into a career and so went on to complete a music therapy masters course at Roehampton University. Graduating in 2018, she has since been gaining experience in the areas of dementia, neuro-disability and SEN, as well as continuing with her teaching and running a pop choir & baby group.

In her spare time Katie has her hands full with a young baby and energetic golden retriever and enjoys taking advantage of her local forest walks.

Nikki Wilson

Nikki Wilson

Director

Nikki has almost 20 years’ experience working in and with charities and social enterprises, and more recently arts and cultural organisations. Starting her career as a Chartered Accountant, she has since worked in a variety of strategic and operational roles, for the past eight years in her own social enterprise, Resourcefully. Nikki’s work is driven by a strong belief in collaborative approaches and her passion for learning, supporting skills development as a creative facilitator and mentor.

Nikki is a Board Member for Cotman Housing Association and St Giles-in-the-Fields and William Shelton Educational Charity, a Consumer Panel Member for the Phone-paid Services Authority and a former lay member of Essex Safeguarding Children Board. She is also the convenor of the RSA Essex network and a member of Ignite Chelmsford Cultural Partnership.

Nikki’s interest in Ace Music Therapy was sparked when she heard Amelia tell the story of her journey into Music Therapy and she has since developed her interest, understanding more about the power of music in supporting communication and connection.

In her spare time, Nikki is a keen gym goer, a novice gardener and is often seen being walked by her very energetic, young dog Bella.

Lorraine Lee

Lorraine Lee

Director

After raising my 3 children to their adolescent years I decided it was time to go back to work full-time.  I took a position work at a small business centre which I enjoyed but after 2 years I needed a bigger challenge.  I was presented with the opportunity to take on the management of a newly constructed centre with a company focused on providing excellent customer service and support to new and growing businesses.  After 17 years I am now a senior manager managing 2 of 9 centres and also take on the role as acting managing director when the MD is away from the business.

I have vast experience of running business centres as well as the operational side for the company as a whole.  With almost 20 years of working with small and start-up businesses I am very aware of the challenges they face and also their passion for what they do.  I hope to bring some of this experience to Ace Music Therapy CIC.

Tess Jewson

Tess Jewson

Music Therapist

Tess has always been very passionate about music and learnt to play piano, trumpet and cello from a young age.

Tess graduated with a Music Degree from Southampton University in 2012 and started her own business working as a music teacher. 

After working with children with special educational needs, Tess became very interested in Music Therapy. Tess realised music was very important to these children and she knew straight away that she wanted to use her passion of music as a therapy to help others. 

Tess went on to study for a Masters in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University and graduated in 2016. Since graduating, Tess has been gaining experience in the areas of SEN and dementia, whilst continuing with her teaching work. 

In her spare time, Tess loves spending time with her dog, Izzy. She also enjoys playing her cello in the local orchestras and is heavily involved in charity work.

Rebecca Wasteney

Rebecca Wasteney

Community Musician

Rebecca completed her music degree at the University of Southampton and a PGCE in secondary music education at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has always felt incredibly passionate about the impact music can have on the lives of children and adults. Her work with people with dementia, special educational needs, low self-esteem and mental health has contributed to her enthusiasm and commitment to helping others through music. Having worked in various schools, most recently as Head of Music, she is keen to extend her knowledge and pursue her interest in music therapy and hopes to gain her master’s degree.

During her career she has been the music director in various musicals, organised and managed music concerts and has had students take part in projects such as Friday Afternoons and workshops with the Philharmonic Orchestra. She has entered her vocal groups into competitions and had students win creativity awards.

James Cleeve

James Cleeve

Music Therapist

I am a newly qualified music therapist, having completing my training with Nordoff Robbins in 2021.

 

I have experience of working with adults and children with a wide range of diagnoses, including profound physical disabilities, learning disabilities, acquired neurological disabilities, dementia and schizophrenia. But what excites me most about music therapy is the power that music has to offer validation, opportunity and experience to the person beyond the diagnosis, and to help them discover new things about themselves.

 

Outside of music therapy, I freelance as a musical director, arranger and composer, working in theatre and education.

 

Annie Henriques

Annie Henriques

Senior Music Therapist

After forty years in special needs education, I decided to enhance my working life by studying for a Masters in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University (2015). Since then I have pursued my passion of using music to open up communication with children and their families.

 In 2017, whilst working for Chroma Creative Therapies, I undertook a Neurological music therapy training, which gives me a particular skill set to work with children with profound neurological difficulties. I also have a particular interest in working with adolescents with challenging behaviours and like to embrace the whole family in my work. My background in education has prepared me for providing training for schools, so that staff have some understanding of music therapy before I start working with their children. I encourage staff members to work with me with groups of children partly so that some of the techniques can be fed back into the classroom and this helps to demystify the therapeutic process.

 I play the piano, harp, harmonium and ukulele. In my spare time I belong to a music improvisation group, enjoy walking my dog, doing yoga and of course cooking delicious food!

Amelia Clapham

Amelia Clapham

CEO & Music Therapist

Amelia has grown up with a passion for music. Amelia graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Music and German in 2012 and went on to complete her Master in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University in 2015. Amelia has worked in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, individual’s homes and hospices. 

Amelia has a particular interest in early intervention and enjoys working with the under 5s, helping them to develop key skills. Her clinical work is mostly focused in palliative care, working in children and adult’s hospices, but she also enjoys running community groups. 

Amelia set up Ace Music Therapy in 2017 as she has a passion for creating new music therapy posts and advocating music therapy. She has appeared on BBC Radio Essex three times. 

In her spare time Amelia enjoys raising her 11 month old son, 6 year old step-son, cycling and playing clarinet in Dunmow Wind Band. 

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