Music Therapist and
Certified NMT Practitioner
Diarmuid has been providing music therapeutically for over ten years. Growing up in the north west of Ireland he was immersed in the arts from a young age and quickly began to understand the cultural importance of music for identity and community. An accomplished musician, Diarmuid has toured extensively across Europe with orchestras. It was through these experiences that he realised that music was much more than a private pleasure confined to the practice room or rehearsal space, but rather a core aspect of how we communicate as humans. This inspiration was the catalyst for a master’s degree in music therapy which Diarmuid achieved with distinction in 2012. Since moving to England, he has continued researching and training and is certified as an NMT practitioner.
Diarmuid has extensive experience working with children and adults across the life span in the public, private and charity sectors. This includes children with various developmental disorders and children with complex trauma histories. His work with adults includes the spheres of learning disabilities, neuro-disability, dementia, and end of life care. At the heart of his work is the belief that there is an inherent musicality in every person regardless of disability or age, and that this is the key to promoting the intrinsic desire of human connection and belonging. The improvised routines of mother-infant interactions are a source of research which has demonstrated the key roles that pitch, rhythm and timing have on developing and sustaining healthy human relationships. Diarmuid also grounds his work in neuroscience and neurobiology, recognising the regulating power of rhythm on sensitised stress response systems. The use of music is a powerful tool, capable of modulating and entraining internal biological rhythms to promote equilibrium and better health for the individual and for communities.
Diarmuid is a full member of the British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT) and a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)