What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is a psychological intervention and an allied health profession, regulated under the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The interactive use of music within a therapeutic relationship is a central aspect of music therapy and can involve improvised or semi structured music making interactions using a variety of instruments and the voice. It is not necessary to have prior experience of music making to engage in music therapy.
Music therapists are highly trained to musically respond to the sounds, rhythms, tones and gestures of play as they occur from moment to moment. This can create an experience of being carefully listened to and understood at a non-verbal level. Experiences such as these can provide a powerful medium for self-expression and communication, which can be explored both musically and verbally.
How does music therapy help?
Those that attend music therapy often see developments and improvements in:
– communication skills
– social interaction and relationship building
– physical movement
– quality of life
Music therapy can also contribute to an overall reduction in symptoms in cases for anxiety and depression
Who do music therapists work with?
Music therapists work with people of all ages: children, adolescents and adults. It is possible to work 1:1 in music therapy, in a group, within families or parent-child work. Some reasons for referral to music therapy might include:
– generalised anxiety
– social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
– learning difficulties
– cerebral palsy
– complex family backgrounds
– attachment issues
– personality disorder
At The Child and Family Practice our specialists can help with both physical and mental health needs, education and family problems, mediation and medicolegal reports.
We aim to offer sensitive individually tailored confidential highly professional services and, where necessary, integrated care across a range of professions and specialities.