Brisbane music therapist, Brisbane trauma therapist, Brisbane Music therapy, Brisbane trauma therapy, Brisbane Group therapy
C​laire Stephensen




As a therapist, I am deeply committed to working alongside people to help discover and tap into their strengths and potential. I have a genuine, down to earth and respectful approach that honours the depth and complexity of people’s challenges, while supporting them to transition to a more calm, playful, energised or empowered place. Informed by neuropsychotherapy, neurologic music therapy, trauma model therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, attachment theory, solutions focused and narrative therapies; my intention is to connect with the individual needs that each person brings to the therapy space.


I have worked for over ten years in a variety of settings with adults, young people, children, infants and families – including mental health inpatient and outpatient units, a community based family music therapy service, women’s crisis service, paediatric medical hospital and private practice. My areas of interest include general mental health, complex trauma, medical trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, chronic and functional pain, Autism Spectrum Disorder, parenting and attachment, adjustment to medical and neurological conditions, palliative care and child protection.


I have published literature in areas of physical rehabilitation and mental health recovery; presented extensively in fields of mental health, child trauma, medical trauma and neurological approaches to music therapy. 


As a music therapist, I believe that all human beings are innately musical and creative, however some of us require support to find these parts of ourselves or use them to their full potential. During music therapy, we can use various elements of music throughout the therapeutic process from listening to music, creating playlists, writing songs or creating our own music. We might also use guided relaxation or other creative media such as pastels or collage depending on your goals and immediate needs. I use music, rhythm, creativity and conversation intentionally throughout the therapeutic process to support sensory, physical, emotional, relational, cognitive and behavioural aspects of challenges that are brought to the therapy space. Music skills are not required to engage in music therapy as the intention is to use music as a health resource to support health and wellness.


Some people find the concept of using music or creativity daunting and prefer to start with talking before gradually introducing music, while others prefer to use music from the beginning of our work together. Either way, it would be my privilege to work with you, your child or family towards a more empowered life.


Music therapy is not covered under medicare rebates or private health insurance, however can be funded through Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Registered Music Therapist (Australian Music Therapy Association Inc.)

  • Certified Clinical Neuropsychotherapist

  • Member of the International Association of Clinical Neuropsychotherapy

  • Mental Health Professionals Network

  • Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

  • Masters of Music Therapy (University of Queensland)

  • Bachelor of Music (Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University)


I engage in ongoing professional development in fields of music therapy, mental health, psychological trauma, neuropsychotherapy, counselling and talking therapies. I am registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association  (AMTA) and am bound by the AMTA code of ethics.


I also love to create, dance and connect through music for my own play, expression, health and wellbeing.