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, you will be asked to submit a referral form. You will then be offered an initial block of sessions. We work in blocks of 6 or 12 sessions. The first two sessions are an assessment phase, during which 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. Sessions usually take place weekly, on the same day and time. A range of techniques are used, guided by your assessment and individual goals. This may include both active music-making and receptive methods, depending on your goals and preferences. Where suitable and in line with your goals, outcome measures will be used to monitor progress.
Sessions focus on the use of music to achieve non-musical goals and it is important to note that you do not need any musical skills or knowledge to benefit from music therapy.
After completing the initial block of 6 or 12 sessions, a review will take place, where next steps will be discussed. This may be a recommendation for further sessions, for a break from sessions or for ending the therapy process.

Neurolinks provides professional music therapy services for people who are living with a neurological condition or who are neurodivergent, their caregivers and families.


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