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Marianne Rizkallah

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Director | Head Music Therapist

Marianne qualified as a music therapist from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2013 and received further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Tavistock Centre in 2018.

Marianne has experience working with adults, adolescents and children with a wide range of mental health needs, including

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • eating disorders

  • attachment issues

  • autism

  • social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

  • early trauma

Marianne is a registered supervisor with the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) and served as BAMT's Vice Chair of Trustees from 2019-2022, sitting on the Board from 2016. She wrote the national guidelines for working as a music therapist during COVID-19, which were adopted worldwide.


Priya Vithani

Senior Music Therapist

Priya qualified as a music therapist from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating in 2019.

For NLMT, Priya runs our new South London clinic, and has worked with a wide variety of patients with mental health concerns and autism, ranging across the lifespan. She is Stroke Lead for NLMT, and was the main clinician in NLMT's collaborative pilot project with University College London NHS Foundation Trust, working in the home of patients living in the community after experiencing stroke or neurological impairment.

Priya also works as a music therapist in a school, working with children and adolesents with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Rivka Gottlieb

Senior Music Therapist


Rivka has 20 years' experience as a music therapist, qualifying from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2004. She has worked with a wide range of ages and conditions, including a number of years in a mainstream secondary school providing music therapy for young people with mental health concerns and autism.

Rivka is a registered mental health practioner with BAPAM and works with professional musicians, performing artists and students struggling with issues relating to anxiety, depression, performance anxiety, stress, interpersonal dynamics, trauma, PTSD and eating disorders.


Prior to qualifying as a music therapist, Rivka trained at the Royal College of Music and The Juilliard School as a concert harpist.

For NLMT Rivka undertakes service management, utilising extensive project management and communications experience, as well as clinical supervision, and carrying out clinical work with adolescents and adults.

Marina Emmanouil

Music Therapist

Marina qualified as a music therapist from the University of the West of England (UWE) in 2021. 

Marina sees individuals in NLMT's Temple Fortune clinic, working with both children and adults with mental health concerns across the lifespan.

Marina also teaches on the Interactive Music Making course, as part of NLMT's Associate Partnership with Music as Therapy International, and has a particular clinical interest in working with Early Years, as well as mental health.

Friederike Saunderson

Music Therapist

Friederike qualified as a music therapist from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2022. 

For NLMT, Friederike runs music therapy services and projects for older adults living with dementia and their carers, including singing groups and new work with residential care staff as well as patients.

Friederike also has experience working with adults with mental health concerns including schizophrenia and psychosis.

Saphia Amer


Saphia works with all NLMT service users with regards to paperwork, invoices and any practical needs that may arise through the course of music therapy.

Behind the scenes, she also plays a vital role in looking after NLMT's clinicians and taking care of all administrative matters for running the business.

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