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Kirsten Hillman (she/her)

Kirsten is a Registered Music Therapist who works primarily with adults who experience mental and emotional challenges and differences.


Kirsten approaches music therapy through a collaborative and non-pathologising lens. She is passionate about supporting people to discover ways in which music can be a health resource, and a source of joy, meaning and empowerment.


Kirsten has completed her PhD in music therapy at The University of Melbourne, with a project exploring the experiences of adults living with mental health challenges related to lived experiences of adversity, or trauma. She has experience tutoring masters-level students in music and creative arts therapies, and has lectured in critical trauma theory.


Kirsten is an empathic and trauma-sensitive practitioner, who welcomes collaboration with adults of all backgrounds and stories. She identifies as a member of the LGBTIQA+ community.

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Approch to therapy

The Australian Music Therapy Association provides the following definition of music therapy:


“Music Therapy is a research-based allied health profession in which music is used to actively support people as they aim to improve their health, functioning and well-being. It can help people of all ages to manage their physical and mental health and enhance their quality of life.

You don’t need to be musical to take part in or benefit from music therapy. Qualified music therapists plan and provide musical experiences for their clients. Each session is tailored to the needs and goals of the client.”


(The Australian Music Therapy Association, 2023)

Music therapy sessions may involve active music playing, such as recreating or writing music that is significant in your life, or improvising and expressing your feelings more spontaneously. We may also listen to music, create playlists to support your mood or engage in listening and relaxation exercises. It all depends on your relationship with music, and what you would like to gain from the experience. 

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