Graham Music has undertaken extensive training 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.

Professional background

Graham Music worked at the Tavistock Clinic in London for over 20 years, an internationally renowned NHS  Foundation Trust which provides clinical services and trains therapists and other professionals.  He has taught on the child psychotherapy and other psychological therapy courses at the Tavistock, and supervised generations of therapists there.  He has also led on training in child development, neuroscience and attachment theory, and has ahd a particular interest in linking cutting-edge developmental findings with therapeutic practice.  His clinical work in the NHS has been 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, including buying and selling antiques, working in housing advice, community support services and various adventures, in the late 1980s he trained as a humanistic and integrative adult psychotherapist,  for 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, Graham has trained in a variety of other ways of delivering therapeutic work, including VIPP, ISTDP, EMDR,  Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.  He has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice for over 30 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 Redbridge 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.  He was also for a few years an Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock, responsible for a range of clinical services.

He has taught 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 and often delivered talks and trainings internationally, for example in South Africa, Australia, Canada, France, Finland and Iceland.

Positions held


Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist

Portman Clinic

Offering psychotherapy to cases involving violence, adddiction and forms of worrying sexual behavuiour


Lead Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Tavistock and Portman Trust, Fostering and Adoption and MKinship Care Team

Undertaking therapy and supervising other therapists in cases primarily of child trauma and maltreatment, where the children were no longer living with their biological families.


Trainer, supervisor and lecturer

Tavistock Centre

Developing a range of new courses and training initiatives eg M34,(Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children, Young people and Families), revamping child development research lecture series, developing new workshops on working with trauma, clinical implications of attachment, neuroscience developmental science. and introducing training in areas such as mindfulness, VIPP,  ISTDP, CFT and other modalities.


Associate Clinical Director

Child and Family Department, Tavistock Centre

Responsible for £4.5m budget and managing services involved in working with the aftermath of trauma and abuse, including The Day Unit, Fostering and Adoption and Kinship Care Team, and Monroe Young Family Centre


CAMHS Co-ordinator

Camden Primary Care Trust

Developing and managing new a new model for a linked tier2/3 multi-disciplinary psychotherapy services into all secondary schools and pupil Referral Units  in Camden including 2 days of therapy in each school


TOPS (Tavistock Outreach Service into schools)

Founded and developed a new service into Camden Primary schools, using a model which employed therapists linked into tier 3 therapy clinics.


Hear and Now, adolescent therapy service

North East London Mental Health Trust

Founded and developed a new service seeing over 700 referrals within a year, working across multiple sites and between agencies. This was a pioneering model, ensuring easy access to therapy and providing clinics in Pupil Referral Units, Drug and Alcohol Services, GP practices, One Stop Shops,  Youth Offending Services, Youth Centres, a specialist service for Looked After Children as well as having therapist in every Redbridge secondary school. 


Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Redbridge Healthcare Trust


Trainee Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Enfield Community Care Trust


Counselling and psychotherapy with adults, couples, parents and adolescents

Stamford Hill Group Practice


Psychotherapy with young people

Open Door, Crouch End


Child sexual abuse project (co-running groups)

Tavistock Clinic


Individual/Group therapeutic work with children, adults and families

Monroe Young Family Centre


Therapeutic work with under 5’s and their parents

National Children’s Homes, Springfield Family Centre, Wandsworth


Residential work with adolescents in care

Adolescent Unit, Highbury, London Borough of Islington N5


Play-therapy with children

Childrens Hours Trust, Wallace House, London N7

This work was with the infamous Rachel Pinney offering non-directive play therapy

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