Being in Therapy…

“Why do you need therapy?” As a student Music Therapist, I was required to attend a minimum of 50 hours of psychotherapy. From my perspective I was in therapy, so I could be a better therapist. When I mentioned that I had been at therapy to others I would often say ‘I’ve been at therapy……

Music Therapy and Families

Having spent several months preparing a Master’s dissertation on Patient-Family Relationships in End of Life Care, this is a topic which is very much in my thoughts. No matter what stage of life we are at, we don’t exist on our own but in an intricate web of relationships that shape our lives. One of…

What’s the difference? Music medicine vs. music therapy

A recent review from the widely respected Cochrane library compared ‘the effects of music therapy and music medicine interventions for psychological and physical outcomes in people with cancer’. Music medicine is when a medical professional provides pre-recorded music for the patients to listen to. While both have positive results, music therapy is preferred by patients and has…

Why Refer Someone to Music Therapy?

Music therapists work in a diverse range of settings. Music therapists might be referred cases where they use music to: strengthen bonds between an adopted child and new parent; help patients in End of Life Care leave a legacy; or help someone who is agitated feel grounded and more relaxed. Some therapists have extra training…

‘You’re a music… what?’

Hello there and welcome to my blog- Living Music Therapy. Since I qualified as a music therapist earlier this year (2016) I have been working as a freelance music therapist. My experience to date includes working with people with learning disabilities, autism and in End of Life Care. Working in a person centred way and tailoring…