Music Therapy involves encouraging you, with the use of percussion
and ethnic instruments as well as your own voice to explore sounds
and to use music as a language, a way of communicating. Your
individual needs are explored using a wide range of different
styles of music. Whatever happens during the session the therapist
supports your positive changes and emotions and encourages self-awareness.
Music Therapy is said to enhance the quality of your life as
you have the opportunity to explore issues that are effecting
you, through music. The relationship between you and the therapist
is said to also help promote growth and change.
Music therapy can be carried out both in groups and individually.
You usually need to attend a number of sessions for it to benefit
and for it to help change. Music therapy can benefit all individuals,
including, children and adults who's needs range from, learning
difficulties, to psychological, physical and emotional issues.
The professional orgainsation for music therapists in the
UK is, 'The British Association of Art Therapists, (BAAT)' Here
you can write or email where you live and they will send you
information on qualified therapists or a local rep who can help.
Music therapists should also be registered with the Health Professions
BAAT, 24-27 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PD.
Tel: 020 7686 4216 Fax: 020 7837 7945
or visit their web site: www.baat.org