People – Rhythm2Recovery

Simon Faulkner BSocSc (Psychology & Addiction), MCouns.

The Rhythm2Recovery team is led by Simon Faulkner, a leading practitioner in the design and delivery of evidence based interventions utilising rhythm to assist with social and emotional learning and recovery from trauma. He has been closely involved in research into the benefits of drumming and authored over a dozen, peer reviewed, journal articles.

Simon has worked with a broad range of people dealing with a diverse range of challenging issues and designed a wide number of programs for different populations. These include young people ‘at risk’, people dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, mental health challenges and developmental disorders such as those on the autism spectrum, as well as for parents, and corporate employees.

Simon is well known for his work with the Drug & Alcohol prevention service ‘The Holyoake Institute’ where he conceived, designed and delivered the multi-award winning DRUMBEAT intervention and its extension, the computer game DRUMBEAT Quest — used by health and education services in countries across the world. Since leaving Holyoake, Simon has worked to broaden the R2R model and increase the diversity of its application.

Simon has extensive experience working cross culturally and has delivered therapeutic interventions and training programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia as well as 1st Nations communities in both the USA and Canada. Simon has also worked closely with trauma services supporting refugee populations from a wide range of backgrounds.

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Bek Wermut BA (Music & Psychology), Grad Dip Music Therapy

R2R Training Australia

Bek Wermut is a Registered Music Therapist. She has primarily worked in mental health and substance use disorder treatment, although she has done work with a variety of music therapy populations. Bek has trained extensively in rhythm and drum-circle facilitation, and while she draws on a number of music therapy techniques and plays a range of musical instruments, her main focus and passion is in rhythm-based music therapy.

Bek has designed and facilitated music therapy and rhythm-based programs for a number of mental health facilities. As well as facilitating music therapist and staff training programs in therapeutic rhythm facilitation for organisations and tertiary institutions. She completed her DRUMBEAT training in 2006 and Rhythm2Recovery training in 2016 and has been utilising this approach in her work ever since.

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Ray Watters BA (History & Education), Fd.Sc (Counselling) MBASP

R2R Training UK

Ray Watters is a qualified humanistic counsellor and member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Ray resides in Surrey, UK and works predominantly with adolescents with behavioural challenges in education settings. He has been a drummer since the age of 7 and has been using drumming and music in his therapeutic practice for a number of years. He is also a drum circle facilitator specialising in working in the mental health field and with individuals, groups and organisations in the Neuro-diverse community. At the same time Ray maintains a private counselling practice. Previous to his work as a counsellor, Ray spent 25 years in the public sector working around the world (Africa, Carribean, Middle East and Europe) and maintains a strong interest in working with ethnically diverse communities, and using rhythmic music to foster tolerance and understanding between people of different backgrounds.

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Summer Lall MT-BC

R2R Training USA

Summer, MT-BC is a Board Certified Music Therapist and obtained her Music Therapy degree from Berklee College of Music in 2008. Summer is the founder of CradleSong Birthing and Rhythm & Truth Music Therapy, specializing in working with adolescents. Summer is the U.S. representative for the Rhythm2Recovery therapeutic drumming program and is also a HeartMath Certified Trainer and Sound Birthing Fellow. Summer has practiced music therapy in schools, shelters, daycares, foster camps, yoga studios, correctional facilities, group homes, treatment centers, hospice and hospitals. In addition to her broad local outreach, music has taken her to over 20 countries around the globe. When she is not practicing music therapy, Summer is writing, recording or performing with her band PWR CPL, hoping to inspire positive change through music however she can.Contact Summer at

Dr Russya Connor BA, MA (Drama Therapy), PhD (Performing Arts)

R2R Training Australia

Russya is an international performance artist, drama therapist and highly qualified movement educator. Russya provides expressive, holistic therapy and counseling support to children as well as adults.
She specialises in the connection between the body and the self, aiming to integrate physical, emotional and sensory perception with kinaesthetic responses. Following or restoring rhythmic movements (like breath, heart beat, expansion and contraction, high intensity and relaxation) can release trauma and help to become more flexible in response to varying demands of life. Russya is an accredited DRUMBEAT facilitator and has been using the R2R model since 2015.

Pau Gimeno BMus, MMT, MSC


Pau Gimeno is a Professor at Barcelona University.

He has been working as a music teacher at various schools and as a music therapist for 15 years in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Units of the Sant Joan de Déu Health Park. In this context, his interest focuses on the contributions that music therapy can make as an instrument to the concept of Recovery. Another of his interests is the application of music therapy in suicide prevention. He is currently a member of the Board of the Catalan Association of Music Therapy

Melinda Anderson B. Ed., M. Ed. (Music) 


Melinda is a rhythm facilitator and a music and movement educator with a Masters in Music Education from the University of Alberta, Canada. She has trained in multiple modalities including Orff, Kodaly, Drum-Circle Facilitation, Music for People and Yoga for kids. Melinda is a Coordinator of The Heart of the City Piano Program, the director and founder of Magnetic Rhythms and is the Rhythm2Recovery Representative in Canada.

“Know your Heart through Rhythm and Fun” is a central philosophy within her work as is the concept of ‘mudita’ – finding empathetic joy through music making. Melinda specializes in promoting social & emotional learning and well being by fostering student respect, active listening and a deeper understanding through drumming.

When not working with others in the wider community, Melinda can be found playing piano and Métis fiddle with her family band.

Contact us

For enquiries about Rhythm2Recovery programs, workshops, or general information please contact:

Simon Faulkner

Phone: +61 (0)429 038 380


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