Hi I’m Jess Clarke, and I’m a HCPC-registered music therapist (she/her).
I qualified as a music therapist in 2019 from the University of the West of England. Prior to this I gained a music degree from the University of Plymouth. I have experience working in a range of professional settings as a music therapist, including mainstream and special schools, psychiatric hospitals and care homes. In addition to my music therapy work, I have previous experience as a community musician, facilitating workshops for people with learning disabilities. I draw from psychodynamic, person and culture-centred approaches to inform my music therapy practice to meet the needs of each individual.
I believe that humans are intrinsically musical, and feel privileged to be able to get to use music to form connections and interpersonal relationships with people in order to support positive change, support wellbeing, provide a vehicle for emotional expression, reflection and assimilation of feelings, experience meaningful interaction with others, and as a resource for resilience and recovery.
Outside of my music therapy work, I enjoy listening to creating and performing music, gaming and water sports including stand up paddle boarding and kayaking.