Saphia Abou-Amer

RMT Music Therapist, Outreach Service

020 8744 8097

musictherapy@richmondmusictrust.org.uk

Saphia qualified as a Music Therapist at the University of Roehampton in 2017. Saphia is a qualified Neurologic Music Therapist and a qualified assessor for the Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness (MATADOC). Saphia is a singer, trained in classical and musical theatre singing and she plays the piano. Prior to her career as a music therapist, Saphia completed an MSc in Psychology and spent several years working in education with children with autistic spectrum conditions. Consequently, she combined her knowledge of music and psychology to teach music to children with special educational needs. As a Music Therapist Saphia has worked with adopted children and children with social, emotional and mental health needs. Previously, she worked for The Children’s Trust with children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, neuro disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and prolonged disorders of consciousness. This work required working in a Multidisciplinary team, notably with physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists. As such, she has extensive experience of incorporating therapy goals from other disciplines into music therapy sessions, such as positioning, participation and access, and communication goals.

Additionally, Saphia has worked closely with assistive technology technicians and has experience using assistive technology in her sessions to support interactive music making and communication. Saphia has a research interest in music therapy skill sharing and conducted an evaluation of a music therapy skill sharing project in Palestine and has carried out a music therapy skill sharing workshop in Palestine with the UK based charity Music as Therapy International. Outside of her work with Richmond Music Trust, Saphia works with older adults with dementia with the charity Methodist Homes for the Aged.