Suffolk Music Therapy Services
Making music, changing lives.

All of our therapists have a Masters level qualification in music therapy.  They work to the highest clinical and ethical standards as approved by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and BAMT (British Association for Music Therapists).  All therapists have enhanced CRB disclosures. 


Our therapists attend regular practice supervision, management supervision and peer supervision.  Throughout the year, all of our therapists will receive up to date specialist training on music therapy and related topics. 

Ray Travasso

Senior Music Therapist

Ray completed his Masters in Music therapy at Nordoff Robbins and has been working in East Anglia for over 12 years.  Ray is the Senior Therapist for Suffolk Music Therapy Services and oversees all of the work carried out.  Ray also works in Palliative Care and is employed by East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) and St Elizabeth's Hospice. 

"Music is the language of the spirit.  It opens the secret of life bringing peace, aboloshing strife".


Kahlil Gibran


Music Therapy Team


Jenny Travasso

Safeguarding Lead and Administrator

Jenny graduated with a degree in Nursing at Kings College London. She then gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Health Visiting at South Bank University. She worked in Suffolk as  Health Visitor and has extensive experience in child development and child protection.  Jenny co-founded Suffolk Music Therapy Services with Ray and is the administrator and Safeguarding Lead for the service.

Daisy Williamson

Senior Music Therapist

Daisy graduated with a degree in music at the University of Newcastle and then continued with a classical music training at Prague Conservatory of Music.  Daisy trained at Nordoff-Robbins, London. Daisy is currently working across several child and adult organisations for Suffolk Music Therapy Services



Anita Thomas (Vaz)

Senior Music Therapist

After graduating with a music degree from the University of Surrey, she worked in a special needs school, as well as staffing on play work and respite weekends for children with various disabilities.  She completed her Music Therapy Masters degree at Anglia Ruskin University and now works with children and young people who have learning disabilities and life-limiting illnesses.

Laura Borrows

Music Therapist

Laura studied flute and voice at Leeds College of Music and graduated with a degree in Music Studies.  Laura completed her masters degree in Music Therapy at Nordoff-Robbins and now works with children and adults with learning disabilities and adults with dementia.

Ruth Ellam

Senior Music Therapist

Ruth graduated with a degree in Music and History from Cardiff University, and worked with adults with disabilities before completing her Post Graduate Diploma and then MA in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University.  Ruth has worked as a Music Therapist across Essex for nearly 10 years, particularly in Palliative Care with both adults and children, and also in Special Needs schools. 


Bethany Kirby

Music Therapist

Bethany studied Modern languages at the University of Cambridge and worked for 4 years in international development before completing her MA in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin. She has experience of working with children and adults in a variety of settings.  Bethany is particularly passionate about the power of singing and has led an adult community choir in Cambridge since 2012.


Emily Grimes

Music Therapist

Emily graduated with a BA in psychology from the University of Winchester and pursued a career in working with children and young people with special needs and their families.  Emily completed her Masters degree at Nordoff-Robbins and now works with different client groups  in children and adult services. 


Lucy Persiva

Music Therapist

Lucy graduated from the University of Bath with a first class honours degree in Education with Psychology in 2015, moving to Cambridge to complete an MA in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin Unversity.  Lucy has had a range of experience in teaching, performing and working with children and adults in a variety of settings and joined the team in 2017.