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.