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April Parkins (BA, Dip. MT, MSc Counselling) is a Lecturer in the Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies Division.

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April is a Lecturer in Music Therapy for the Division of Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies. She has worked as a music therapist with a variety of client groups, including people of all ages with learning disabilities, and children on the autistic spectrum. In particular, April has extensive experience in the field of adult mental health, specifically in acute psychiatry and psychiatry of old age. Before joining the Music Therapy team at Queen Margaret University, April worked within a number of different organisations. For many years she held the post of Team Lead for Music Therapy within NHS Lothian.

Along with her position at QMU, April is a Counsellor at PF Counselling, a Professional Development Mentor at the University of Edinburgh for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Programme, and she works freelance as a Supervisor of Music Therapists. As a music therapist, she is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of the British Association for Music Therapy. As a counsellor, she is a Practitioner Member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland), and an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

April completed her MSc dissertation entitled ‘Regarding the Tea-House of the August Moon: therapeutic work with a client with a severe mental illness.’ Currently, her research interests include case study research, qualitative investigation, mental health, and the crossover between music therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy.