WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
Music Therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention, delivered by board-certified music therapists to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs (see www.bamt.org).
As a music therapist I work with clients to address their therapeutic goals through interactive music making and/or receptive music listening. Through shared improvisation, songwriting, lyric analysis or singing of favorite tunes, insight into the client’s struggles and resiliency is gained and can be explored between client and therapist.
Music therapy is particularly suited for individuals who struggle to communicate their thoughts and emotions verbally, for individuals seeking further creative self-development and for individuals with additional support needs for whom music therapy can offer a non-threatening entry point into relationship with the therapist.
No musical ability or prior training is required to benefit from music therapy. Music therapy can take place 1-to-1 or in groups and a typical session lasts between 30-50 minutes.
As a music therapist my orientation is eclectic, drawing upon relational, developmental and psychodynamic approaches to music therapy. I currently work in pediatric palliative care, adult acute mental health services and educational settings with children and young people. I have previous experience working with older adults with dementia diagnoses in psychiatric settings.