Music therapy is an evidence based practice regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In music therapy the patient and music therapist use a range of accessible instruments to create a shared interactive musical language called ‘clinical improvisation’.
Through the musical experience and therapeutic relationship it can be possible to explore and build relational connections at a conscious and unconscious level. Patients do not require any prior experience of playing instruments to benefit from music therapy.
Music therapy can take the form of one-to-one or group sessions. The overall therapeutic process can be short or long term depending on the needs of the individual. All music therapists are required to undertake regular clinical supervision and continued professional development training in order to maintain a high standard of practice.
Musical responsiveness is present from birth and remains accessible as a healthy functioning part of ones self, regardless of background. Here are some of the potential benefits of Music Therapy: