Welcome to George Murray, our new Music Therapist who joins our Children and Young People’s Team here at The Retreat.

He joins our growing team of specialists who are now based at ‘The Retreat at Charles Court’ in Strensall, in our brand-new facility.

George has worked as a Music Therapist for the last 18 years since qualifying in 2003 from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. George has extensive experience working with children and adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, ASD, communication difficulties, emotional and behavioural problems, life-limiting conditions, dementia and trauma. He has worked a lot with people who are bereaved and people with caring responsibilities, as well as having a specialism in working with children with developmental trauma and attachment difficulties post-adoption. George also has extensive teaching and supervision experience in these areas.

Music Therapy uses psychotherapy theory and neuro-developmental models, and is based around the development of a relationship between therapist and client. Music Therapy is an exploratory and creative form of psychological support, and it is client-led. In addition to words, music can provide an alternative mode of communication, which is sometimes more accessible than words for some people. Through expressing themselves using words, music and play, clients can develop their social, emotional and communication skills, explore important personal themes and gain insight into their patterns of behaving.

George’s work with children is creative, play-based and child-led, and involves a lot of playful explorative interactions using a powerful combination of words, music, storytelling, drawing, chatting and playing together.   

George is registered and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. He is a member of the British Association for Music Therapy.

George plays the trombone and piano in a number of different ensembles, and when not involved in music can often be found cooking or swimming.

If you have any questions or you wish to book an appointment please call 01904 412 551 (Option 3) or go to https://theretreatyork.org.uk/childrens-services/ for more information.