Our Therapists

Meet our highly qualified HCPC registered music therapists.

Our Therapists

Music Therapist/ Clinical Supervisor

Emmeline McCracken

Emmeline has had experience in a wide variety of clinical settings with both adults and children within a range of varying needs including; cerebral palsy, ADHD, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and fatigue, social and emotional difficulties and a variety of mental health conditions including depression and bi-polar disorder.

Her particular interests lie firstly with autism and working with children and young people with profound and multiple support needs. Emmeline primarily works in Special Schools and Units within Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Emmeline has spent a great deal of time in the Balkans, in particular Bosnia and Herzegovina, working with adults and children with post traumatic stress disorder. Emmeline has now transferred this knowledge to working on inclusion programmes with primary school pupils, many with some form of PTSD. She also presented her paper about the use of translators in music therapy at the World Conference of Music Therapy in Japan.

Since 2017 Emmeline has been working at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s hospital, mainly with isolated and long term patients with life limiting conditions. But as well as working in HDU and the medical wards Emmeline will also occasionally visit the day case ward.

Emmeline also has a particularly interest in Community Music Therapy and runs a number of Community Groups including a Makaton Choir and a regular music group for children and young people with Cancer.

Emmeline’s first instrument is the violin but she also plays piano, sings and enjoys percussion instruments. She particularly likes to find the right music and ways of using music to connect with everyone, whether this be classical or rap or by including art, dance and movement within music making also.

Emmeline is a registered clinical supervisor with the British Association of Music Therapy. She also frequently provides seminars and placements for students from The University of Aberdeen, The university of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University.

Music Therapist

Nadine Allan

Nadine graduated in 2020 from the MSc Music Therapy course at Queen Margaret University with merit. She also has a degree from the University of Aberdeen in Music and Communities, where she obtained first class honours.

Nadine’s first instrument is violin and piano her second. She can also play the guitar and particularly enjoys using this within her sessions. Nadine enjoys using a wide range of instruments and music genres to connect with both children and adults.

Nadine has had experience working with a variety of client groups in different settings. She gained experience of working with children who have profound multiple learning difficulties on placement, where Emmeline was her supervisor. Some of the needs of the children Nadine worked with included global developmental delay, Pfeiffer syndrome, hearing and sight loss.

Nadine also has had experience working with teenagers who experience social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Through this experience Nadine used a combination of live music as well as technology – such as GarageBand – to write and record music with her clients which explored aggression, exclusion and caring responsibilities.

During her Music and Communities degree, Nadine created a community music project where she worked with individuals who attended the North East Eating Disorder Service at Cornhill Hospital. Through group music making, Nadine assisted the group to create a song which reflected their collective experiences of recovering from an eating disorder.

Nadine is passionate about the field of music therapy and is looking forward to expanding her experiences, skills and client groups while working with ELM.

Music Therapist

Hannah Quigley

Hannah completed her Batchelors degree in Music at the University of Edinburgh before doing her MSc in Music Therapy at Queen Margaret University. 

Hannah’s main instrument is violin and piano her second. However, she enjoys utilising a wide range of instruments and voice in her sessions. 

Hannah has experience working with both adults and children with a range of social, emotional, and mental health needs in setting including schools and mental health services. 

During her music degree, Hannah also gained experience delivering accessible music workshops for children with complex support needs. Here she developed a particular interest in the use of Makaton sign language in musical contexts and she wrote a research article exploring the experiences of people with learning disabilities who participate in a Makaton choir. 

Hannah aims to create a safe space, where individuals can express themselves beyond words and explore creative ways of engaging and interacting with music. She is looking forward to expanding her experience while working with ELM. 

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