JAMES ROBERTSON

Dr James Robertson has been a music therapist for over 30 years and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). He is on the Supervision and Consultation Register of the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT). James currently works on a freelance basis in the areas of perinatal depression and autism. In the past, he has worked in forensic psychiatry, palliative care, adult learning disability, adult mental health and also with children who have a wide range of additional support needs. He was the Programme Leader of the MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh until 2013. As well as offering supervision to music therapists either face-to-face or via Skype he supervises therapists in Belfast who works for Every Day Harmony (formerly the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust). James is also a composer and a choral conductor. His doctoral thesis explored the impact of a community choir for patients and staff in a forensic setting. He is currently the conductor of the Lauderdale Community Choir in the Scottish Borders. He has several compositions published in ‘Song Resources for Music Therapists’ (edited by Colin Lee and Sara Pun) and ‘Composition Resources for Music Therapists’ (edited by Colin Lee, Aimee Berends and Sara Pun).