Music therapy uses the inherent restorative and healing qualities of music as a means of bringing about positive change through interaction, emotional communication and self-expression within the safe structure of a therapeutic relationship.
Music therapy can enhance quality of life and emotional well-being across a diverse range of client groups. It is a mainly non-verbal, two-way exchange that offers individuals the chance to express themselves in an open and creative way, bringing about greater awareness of feelings, improving insight, self-acceptance and boosting self-esteem and confidence. This in turn can have a positive effect on the way in which clients are able to communicate with others, and improve their ability cope with the physical and emotional challenges they face.
All qualified music therapists are required to register with the Health Professions Council (www.hpc-uk.org). Practitioners are skilled musicians who have undergone an extensive NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) approved Masters (MA) level training to develop the ability to use to music expressively in such a way that it engages and draws the individual into shared music making.
In this way, therapists are able to engage with their clients’ inner creativity, working with the emotional difficulties that may be impacting negatively on their lives. The insights gained from this kind of therapy can often provide a fresh understanding of clients’ day-to-day emotional experience, opening up the potential for development and positive change. Music therapists work with all age ranges, individually, in groups, and in a wide variety of settings.