Published author on music therapy with Approaches Interdisciplinary Journal, British, Journal of Music Therapy and Jessica Kingsley Publishers.Has presented at the BAMT and Association of Music and Imagery conference, Anglia Ruskin, and BAMT supervision symposium. Lecturer on the Music Therapy MA at the University of South Wales.
Maria studied cello at the Royal Academy of Music and The National Centre for Orchestral Studies and has worked as a freelance cellist, teacher and composer and performed with a wide variety of professional ensembles.
Maria went on to study Music Therapy at the University of Surrey, Roehampton and The University of the West of England, graduating with distinction. She has since worked in adult and older adult mental health services, with people living with dementia, and with children and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities, and has led teams of therapists in this context
Maria is also qualified in Guided Imagery and Music, a therapy that uses the imagination and music to work with unconscious processes, and is on the BAPAM register of approved therapists, using these skills to support performing artists struggling with anxiety and depression.