Founder and Director of Music & Sound Therapy, Stephen grew up near Venice and currently lives in Bristol, UK. He studied all types of music from an early age, winning the international competition of the International Music Competition “Citta’ di Stresa” for young choristers.
Stephen is a fully qualified HCPC registered Music Therapist and certified NMT Neurologic Music Therapist; with an MSc in the psychology of pathological addictions: intervention and prevention strategies; and further training in Counselling, Mental Health First Aid and Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Stephen is also a registered Nurse (BSc Nursing). He has extensive work experience with children and adults with learning difficulties and autism, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and elder people with dementia. He’s also a passionate flute teacher for beginners of all ages and a member of ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians).
Within a holistic person-centred approach, he includes in his practice techniques based on mindfulness and breath-work, offering a combination of talking and non-verbal approaches to creatively help the clients in their life’s difficulties. His approach is non-judgemental and compassionate, supporting his clients on their journey to healing and mind-body-spirit wellbeing.
In music therapy sessions, participants do not need to be able to play any musical instruments. Every person is unique, and my music therapy sessions are person-centred based, tailored to the client’s needs and interests, working in a confidential environment. Music Therapy provides sensory and intellectual stimulation experiences, helping to develop everyone’s potential. Within a professional approach, music can really break through where words can’t.
Stephen is devoted to sensitising the public opinion on music therapy through workshops and educational seminars, conscious of the importance of music to improve the work environment.