What is Music Therapy?

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.

Why Music Therapy?

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:   

  • Help express feelings and experiences that can not be communicated in words

  • Give experiences of ‘being heard’ both at a verbal symbolic level and a non-verbal sensory level

  • Help to regulate and contain emotions through affect attunement· Provide stability· Give experiences of control and self-agency· Integrate physical, emotional and cognitive processes

  • Offer new and different experiences of self

  • Help draw individuals into social interaction

  • Provide new ways of relating and communicating with others 

  • Increase creativity, motivation, focus and concentration 

  • Help increase self-esteem and confidence