Gemma graduated from the MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff-Robbins) course at Queen Margaret University in 2007 and began working with Nordoff-Robbins Scotland in the same year. She provides music therapy sessions at the Glasgow therapy centre and travels to outreach services in surrounding areas. Over the past few years Gemma has provided supervision to music therapy students from Queen Margaret and will be doing so again this year.
Since graduating Gemma has worked with children and adults with a wide range of needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, learning difficulties, social and emotional behavioural issues, profound and multiple learning disabilities, and mental health problems. She has worked in mainstream and additional support needs schools, as well as dementia care and NHS mental health facilities.
Her current caseload includes working in two schools, one for children with profound learning disabilities and one mainstream school with an autism unit attached. Her current work at the Glasgow centre focuses mainly on people with autism and learning disabilities.