Sinead Hegarty

  • Accepting Private Work
  • Available for Consultation.

I am currently working at a community-based service, running group music therapy for neurodivergent adults. I am interested in music therapy approaches that are strengths-based and affirm and celebrate all the ways in which human diversity expresses itself. I seek to build therapeutic relationships that respect and affirm the musicians I work alongside, in their culture, sexuality, gender, neurocognitive style, spiritual practices, disability and also sensitively consider the wider social ecosystems that impact on a person’s life and wellbeing.

Hawke’s Bay

Kia ora I am Sinead Hegarty (She/They), a Hawke’s Bay raised and now based music therapist. Singing, songwriting and guitar playing are what I connect to most when I think about music, songwriting especially has been a key source of inner strength and healing on my own ever evolving journey to wellbeing. Alongside music’s inherently nurturing abilities to support individual growth and development, I am especially interested in how music can be used to connect people and facilitate a sense of belonging in community. The redwoods symbolise this process for me as although tall and strong, they cannot exist alone. They need rooted connections to survive and grow. Music, like the roots, is a medium for weaving people together to connect and reach their unique potential. This imagery continues to propel the way I think about my practice.

I am curious about all contexts a music therapist might find themselves in. I write bi-monthly blog posts on my website which aim to document my ongoing professional development and reflections on life and practice, as well as communicating about up to date research, ideas and theory. I also share resources and music on my social media platforms for your own personal and whānau use.

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A lifelong love of music is what inspired me to pursue a career in music therapy. The dynamic way music reflects our inner worlds, allows us to express ourselves, make us move, be with us in our darkest and most joyful moments never ceases to amaze me.

Sinead Hegarty, Redwoods Music Therapy Hawke’s Bay

  • Bachelor of Science (Genetics) – Otago University 2018
  • Diploma of Music – Hawkes Bay Eastern Institute of Technology 2021
  • Masters of Music Therapy – Te Herenga Waka (Victoria University Wellington) 2024