Kerrie O'Connor - Music Therapist

Music Therapy

Kerrie graduated with an MA in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick in 2009 and her practise comprises music therapy, music services and a music therapy referral pathway. In 2014 she undertook training in Neurological Music Therapy in Germany and has served as IACAT council member, treasurer and administrator.


Current Music Therapy Roles

  • Music Therapy with Young Adults in Long Term Care  
  • Music Therapy in Dementia and Older Adult Care 
  • Private Practice
  • Workshops and Music Therapy Referral Pathway


Dementia and Older Adult Care

Previously employed as part of a team of music therapists at Barchester Healthcare, Kerrie now works at two sites, Carechoice Trim and Kerlogue Nursing Home. Her work comprises Dementia specific group work, bed-side work and mixed diagnosis group work.


Group music therapy is offered to long term and respite clients complimented by bedside sessions and open music therapy group work. Her music therapy service seeks to harness and strengthen community life via group work and to acknowledge specific needs via 1 to 1 sessions.  


Young Adults in Long Term Care

Care facilities can be home to young adults living with a variery of conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Acquired Brain injury, Cerebral Palsy or Down Syndrome, in addition to those experiencing challenges to their mental health. In these instances work focuses on individual perspectives and experiences and seeks to facilitate reflective, creative and growth opportunities. 


Private Practice

Working with a small number of individual, private clients who have experienced an acquired brain injury, liaising with individuals, their families and/or allied health professionals in developing individualised music therapy programmes.



Providing workshops drawing on her experiences of implementing music therapy programmes in Dementia, Acquired Brain Injury or mixed settings. This includes a focus on the importance of creating a therapeutic space in long term care settings and how this can be effectively implemented in group music therapy.


Music Therapy Referral Pathways

Kerrie is committed to the implementation of music therapy services by IACAT accredited music therapists across Ireland. She liaises with a number of fellow music therapists in a knowledge transfer whereby referrals she is unable to take up are passed on to co-therapists. 


Previous Music Therapy roles include:

  • Spirasi - with survivors of torture
  • Hamilton Park - Caring for the carer: group for parents of children with ABI
  • Hamilton Park - with young adults with ABI
  • St Doolagh's - with individuals with ABI
  • NCBI - for children with visual impairment and their parents


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