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Music Therapy

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 Council.
Contact,
BAAT, 24-27 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PD.
Tel: 020 7686 4216 Fax: 020 7837 7945
email: info@baat.org
or visit their web site: www.baat.org