Professional background

Graham Music has undertaken extensive trainings as both an adult and a child and adolescent psychotherapist. He works with adults and parents in private practice and with children and adolescents primarily in the NHS.  He has 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.  He teaches on the child psychotherapy and other psychological therapy courses at the Tavistock, and supervises therapists there. He also leads on training in child development, neuroscience and attachment theory, and has a particular interest in linking cutting-edge developmental findings with therapeutic practice. His 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.

After having  done a variety of jobs and activities in early adulthood, including buying and selling antiques, working in housing advice,  community support services and various adventures, in the late 1980’s he trained as a humanistic and integrative adult psychotherapist, a year with IPSS and 4 years with the Minster centre in London. He then went on to train in psychoanalytic observational studies for a further 3 years at the Tavistock before undertaking the four year Tavistock training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children, young people and parents.

In addition he has trained in a variety of other ways of delivering therapeutic work, most recently in Mindfulness. He has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice for over 25 years, and also in a variety of voluntary and statutory sector settings. These include Open Door, a psychotherapy service for young people in North London, GP Practices including Stamford Hill Group Practice, and for NHS Child mental health services in Enfield and also in Rednridge and Waltham Forest. A passion has been developing new services for children and young people, for example in over 35 schools in Camden and East London and setting up Hear and Now, a counselling service for young people in Redbridge working in community locations as part of the local NHS Mental Health Trust. Until recently he was an Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock, responsible for a range of clinical services.

He also teaches on a range of other courses and psychotherapy trainings in Britain and abroad, for example in Bologna, Istanbul and for 12 years, in Palermo, Sicily.