Aisling Hennessy, MMT
BA (Hons) degree in Music and Mathematics.
MA Music Therapy, Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom.
Populations you specialize with: Mental Health, Forensic, Autism (including Aspergers), Learning Disability, Teenagers with behavioural difficulties
Special Skills /Related Training: Grade Eight Violin (Associated Board of Music, UK)
Personal History: I was born and raised in Cork city, in the south of Ireland. At the age of four, I learned to play the classical violin and enjoyed playing in orchestras, quartets and sitting music examinations. After school, I went on to achieve my BA(honors) degree in Mathematics and Music. Throughout college I experimented with jazz vocal classes and Irish traditional music which largely influences my style of practise today. I sang lead vocal in several popular bands throughout college and discovered my love for improvising. While studying abroad in America, in my second year, I was exposed to Music therapy. After my undergraduate degree, I decided to take a year away from academics and volunteer in various locations around Cork. Having lived in Ireland, England, America and now Canada I have experienced different styles of working and also ways of playing music.
Professional History: I decided to embark on a learning journey of music therapy in September 2013. I moved from Cork to Cambridge in England where I attend Anglia Ruskin University. I experienced all the wonders this small student town could offer and engrossed myself in everything related to music therapy and was excited by the prospect of this new career. During my first year I worked in a charity for Autism in North London, working with both Adults and children with Autism as well as their families. In my second year, I worked in a forensic psychiatric hospital in Hertfordshire, working across three wards. I worked both individually and in groups with acutely mentally ill patients right up to patients at the end of their care who were waiting for discharge. Since graduating, I spent a year in Dublin, Ireland creating music therapy posts and attending conferences and workshops. I worked in an outpatient Mental health hospital as well as an inpatient psychiatric private hospital running psychoanalytically informed group music therapy sessions. I also established a post in a private therapy clinic working with both Adults and Children with Autism. In June 2016, I decided to move to Vancouver where I once visited before and I am excited to be living in this beautiful city.
Work Philosophy: Psycho-analytically informed Music Therapy. Combining psychotherapeutic techniques with live music-making. My training has encouraged me to take a client- centred approach to my work and make clinical decisions within each session that better the direction of the therapy.
Personal Life Philosophy: Be kind, listen and learn something new once in a while.
Favourite Quote: ‘Music can change the world because it can change people.’ Bono