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What is music therapy?


What is it?

Music has the transformative power to give form to things that are hard to talk about, to facilitate emotional expression, enhance self-awareness, and promote healing. My sessions take a psychodynamic and creative approach to address a wide range of personal challenges. Musical experiences may be used to address the emotional, psychological, cognitive, physical and social needs of my clients.

Through the integration of music, talking, guided imagery, art and play, I strive to provide a holistic approach that addresses the complex interplay between emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being; focusing on the authentic expression of all parts of self- the healthy and those in need of healing.

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What can music therapy achieve? 

A music therapist systematically and purposefully designs unique musical experiences to address an individual client's needs and goals. Some of the goals I may address could include the following:

  • Emotional processing, containment and expression

  • Dealing with loss or grief

  • Processing trauma

  • Enhancing resilience

  • Improving self-confidence and self-esteem

  • Developing social skills

  • Creative expression and play

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication

  • Creativity, self-expression and play

  • Growth of self-awareness

  • Sense of agency, initiative, autonomy and the ability to cope with change

  • Attention and concentration

  • Building impulse control and frustration tolerance

  • Strengthening physical aspects such as gross motor and fine motor coordination

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What happens

in a music therapy session? 

A music therapy session will look different with each client. It is client-centred, meaning the session is structured according to the client's needs and goals. 

Individualised music-based interventions can be used to address a wide range of emotional, cognitive and behavioural challenges. Through listening experiences, live music improvisation, songwriting, and art creation I create a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore and process their thoughts and emotions, fostering self-discovery and personal growth.

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