Music Therapy

Music therapy is the planned and intentional use of music-based methods to meet individuals’ emotional, social, physical, psychological, behavioural and communication needs. It is an evidence-based treatment in which music is used in a prescriptive way to promote health and support people of all ages to make positive changes in their lives.
It is a multi-sensory intervention that integrates audio, visual and tactile senses. There is a large body of international research that supports the use of music therapy to help adults and children to reach their health-related goals.

What happens in a music therapy session?

Following an initial phone consultation, we will schedule an assessment. This assessment phase generally consists of up to three sessions. In these sessions, your goals will be discussed, and the most suitable techniques will be sampled, from which we will draw up a suitable therapy programme. In addition to this, your individual musical preferences and tastes will be noted so that they can be incorporated into your music therapy programme.
After the assessment, a block of sessions will be offered, usually one session per week. A range of techniques are used during sessions, guided by your individual goals. This may include both music-making and receptive methods, depending on your goals and preferences. It is important to note that you do not need any musical skills or knowledge to benefit from music therapy. It is the use of music to achieve non-musical goals.
An initial block of 8 to 10 sessions is recommended to start seeing the benefits of music therapy. Where suitable and in line with your goals, outcome measures will be used to monitor progress. A review will take place after each block of sessions, where next steps will be discussed. This may be a recommendation for further sessions or for ending the therapy process.

Dr. Shane Cassidy is the founder of Neurolinks. He is an accredited and experienced music therapist, registered with IACAT.


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