Tuning Relationships with Music® (TRM) is a structured, manualised 8-session therapy for parents who have a history of adverse experiences in their own childhood such as abuse or neglect, that mean they may struggle in their relationship with their children.

TRM uses music to help parents and children re-pattern unhelpful ways of communicating, with a particular focus on the nonverbal aspects of their interaction. Musical exercises also help parents and children to find safe ways of connecting, expressing and responding to emotions.

TRM is based on principles and techniques drawn from systemic therapy (family therapy), Emotion Coaching (John Gottman), trauma therapy and music therapy.

Check out this article for a detailed description of the principles, structure and content of Tuning Relationships with Music®.


VivienneDr Vivienne Colegrove

PhD (Mindful: University of Melbourne); Master of Couple and Relationship Counselling (The Bouverie Centre); Post-Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy (The Bouverie Centre); Advanced Certificate in Trauma Therapy (Cairnmillar Institute); Graduate Diploma Music Therapy; (University of Melbourne); Certificate of Developmental Psychiatry (Mindful: University of Melbourne); Clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA): College of Relationship Counsellors.

Dr Vivienne Colegrove is a family therapist and relationship counsellor in Eltham, Melbourne, with a particular interest in working with individuals, couples and families where a history of traumatic experiences is affecting their ability to have the relationships they would like. 

Vivienne’s PhD, undertaken at Mindful: Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health, University of Melbourne, involved developing and researching the effectiveness of Tuning Relationships with Music® (TRM). 

Vivienne facilitates the Tuning Relationships with Music® professional training and supervision, and is available to offer TRM to families at her practice in Eltham.

For more information about Vivienne’s counselling services, go to www.elthamrelationshipcounselling.com.au



Bronte Allen

Master of Mental Health Science (Monash University), Graduate Diploma Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (Monash University) Diploma Transpersonal Counselling (Ikon Institute), Graduate Diploma Music Therapy (University of Melbourne). Professional Member of the Australian Counselling Association; Clinical Member of the Australian Music Therapy Association. 

Bronte Allen is a child and adolescent counsellor, music therapist and clinical supervisor (accredited with the Australian Counselling Association) in Eltham, Melbourne. She has many years’ experience working with children, teens and their parents, including where experiences of trauma may have affected their ability to experience safe, joyful relating together. 

Bronte co-facilitates the Tuning Relationships with Music® professional training and supervision, and is available to offer TRM to families. 

For more information about Bronte’s counselling services, go to www.brontetherapy.com