Graham Music

Psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor, lecturer & author

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I offer psychotherapy to adults, children, young people, families as well as supervision.

I work in private practice and the NHS, and have worked at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics for over 15 years. I teach and lecture on various courses in the UK and abroad, lecture internationally, and have published widely, in academic journals, and edited and sole-authored books.

Publications

Below are a selection of Graham Music’s books.
For more visit the publications page.

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Igniting hope and joy after trauma and depression

“This book is absolutely brilliant, beautifully written, with a fantastic central metaphor about sparking and those who have lost spark.”
Dr. Karen Treisman. MBE, TedX speaker, author

How can we respark hope and joy after depression and trauma? Acclaimed psychotherapist and trauma expert, Graham Music, distills decades of experience into a road-map for reigniting zest and optimism in troubled adults and children.

In these challenging times many feel unmotivated, listless and have lost their mojo. Some have retreated after trauma, others are depressed, or succumb to addictive temptations such as screens. Too many have lost both ease and enthusiasm.

Weaving cutting-edge science, therapeutic wisdom, and deep humanity, Music uses fascinating tales from the consulting room and life to outline the steps needed in each case to regenerate confidence and desire.

Whether you are a therapist, professional, parent, or just looking to find inspiration, this book offers a captivating and hope-filled journey, showing how we can rediscover vitality and passion to live richer lives.

Nurturing Children

“Dr Music is certainly one of the best and probably the most deep thinking child psychotherapists in the world. This beautiful book distills decades of neuro-clinical thinking, interpreting children’s and young people’s experience and behavior in terms of the most applicable and scientifically credible models of mind. …I could not recommend a book more strongly.”

Professor Peter Fonagy OBE, UCL;
Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre

Drawing on decades of experience, internationally respected clinician and trainer Graham Music tackles major issues affecting troubled children, including trauma, neglect, depression and violence. Using psychoanalysis alongside modern developmental thinking from neurobiology, attachment and trauma theory and mindfulness, Music creates his own distinctive blend of approaches to help even the most traumatised of children. 

A mix of personal accounts and therapeutic riches, Nurturing Children will appeal to anyone helping children, young people and families to lead fuller lives.

Nurturing Children

“Dr Music is certainly one of the best and probably the most deep thinking child psychotherapists in the world. This beautiful book distills decades of neuro-clinical thinking, interpreting children’s and young people’s experience and behavior in terms of the most applicable and scientifically credible models of mind. …I could not recommend a book more strongly.”

Professor Peter Fonagy OBE, UCL;
Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre

Drawing on decades of experience, internationally respected clinician and trainer Graham Music tackles major issues affecting troubled children, including trauma, neglect, depression and violence. Using psychoanalysis alongside modern developmental thinking from neurobiology, attachment and trauma theory and mindfulness, Music creates his own distinctive blend of approaches to help even the most traumatised of children. 

A mix of personal accounts and therapeutic riches, Nurturing Children will appeal to anyone helping children, young people and families to lead fuller lives.

Nurturing Natures

This new edition of the bestselling text, Nurturing Natures, provides an indispensable synthesis of the latest scientific knowledge about children’s emotional development. Integrating a wealth of both up-to-date and classical research from areas such as attachment theory, neuroscience developmental psychology and cross-cultural studies, it weaves these into an accessible enjoyable text which always keeps in mind children recognisable to academics, practitioners and parents.

Upcoming Events

Below is a list of events that Graham Music will be speaking at or which Graham Music will deliver as a trainer.

July 9, 2022

Clinical Seminars

Teaching fro Centro Studii martha harris, Palermo

Organiser: Centro Studii martha harris, Palermo
Location: online
July 15, 2022

iSTDP adolescent training, with Sharon lewis

training day on ongoing course

Organiser: ISTDP London
Location: British Psychological Society
July 18, 2022

Trauma and the body

Talk for Institute of Psychedelic Therapy

Organiser: Institute of Psychedelic Therapy
Location: online
July 19, 2022

Respark

Lecture for WPF Therapy

Organiser: WPF Therapy
Location: Royal Foundation of St Katharine
July 21, 2022

Large group live supervision

ICPC South Africa

Organiser: Institute for Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy, South Africa
Location: online
September 27, 2022

The Neglect of Neglect

Talk in online training module for Gold Learning in Canada

Organiser: Gold Learning https://www.goldlearning.com/
Location: online

Videos

Here is a selection of videos where Graham Music discusses areas of counselling and psychotherapy, his books and current topics. 

Psychology research and child development blog

In Graham Music’s blog  he critically introduces, and contextualises, new research findings from developmental research, neuroscience, attachment theory and other areas of psychology that are topical or are likely to whet the appetite of anyone interested.

 

Wade and Roe, abortion.  Some less mentioned (controversial?)  impacts, like  future crime, trauma and babies not loved

Wade and Roe, abortion. Some less mentioned (controversial?) impacts, like future crime, trauma and babies not loved

I remember a few years back hearing Paolo Nutini sing the poignant song ‘ In love I was created and its in love I would hope to die’ When I first heard him sing that song I nearly cried. In part I wondered, as one perhaps shouldn’t, about my own conception, but mainly I was thinking about the children from abused backgrounds I work with who all too often were most definitely not conceived in love. Some were conceived via sexual assault, even rape, or in drug and alcohol induced stupors or in atmospheres far from love.

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Finding courage, resilience and hope after fear, disconnection, and post-Covid malaise

Finding courage, resilience and hope after fear, disconnection, and post-Covid malaise

If we had to create perfect conditions for emotional shut-down, for fear, anxiety, and distrust – and, indeed, for addictive traits to flourish – we could hardly do better than Covid-19, its lockdowns, and the nervousness and apprehension it has generated. Threat leads to a turning inwards, away from connection, from trust and hope

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Group identity, tribalism, and war

Group identity, tribalism, and war

These are frightening moments for many in and on the edge of Europe. I write this as tanks and missiles are letting rip in the Ukraine and some think the UK has a government led by a party bankrolled by Russian money, and that Russian control of social media swayed the Brexit referendum. These are issues beyond my capacity to comment on as a psychotherapist, but I just offer a few thoughts about our human predisposition for group loyalty, banding together against the ‘other’ and how being a  group species is the best and worst of human nature.

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What I offer

I have undertaken extensive trainings as both an adult and a child and adolescent psychotherapist. I work with adults and parents in private practice and with children and adolescents primarily in the NHS.  I have worked at the Tavistock Clinic in London for over a decade, an internationally renowned NHS  Foundation Trust which provides clinical services and trains therapists and other professionals.  I teach on the child psychotherapy and other psychological therapy courses at the Tavistock, and supervises therapists there. I also lead on training in child development, neuroscience and attachment theory, and have a particular interest in linking cutting-edge developmental findings with therapeutic practice. My clinical work in the NHS is primarily with issues of trauma and the effect of maltreatment on children as well as on the families and other adults in the lives of such children.

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Get in Contact

Graham Music is located near Tufnell Park underground station, easily accessed from Kentish Town, Islington, Highgate, Archway, Camden, Holloway, Finsbury Park (N1, N7, N19, N5, NW1, NW3, NW5).

Tufnell Park, London, UK

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