MUSIC THERAPY SESSIONS
Every person is unique, and Stephen's music therapy sessions are person-centred based and tailored to the clients' needs and interests, creating an inclusive and supportive environment. Stephen's approach is non-judgemental and compassionate.
Stephen offers 1 on 1 and group music therapy sessions, face-to-face and online. He uses a variety of music therapy techniques depending on the client's need and goals, such as rhythmic activities, singing, songwriting, improvisation and neurologic music therapeutic techniques.
Therapeutic goals and objectives are developed and agreed upon between the music therapist and the client/caregiver. Sessions are typically 35/40 min of treatment time but can be shorter for younger children or longer for older children and adults, if required, with 5 minutes for documentation and communication between therapist and client/relative/caregiver/activity coordinators.
Music therapy provides sensory and intellectual stimulation experiences and offers a safe and reliable space for exploring feelings without the need of using verbal communication. Goals and outcomes addressed include communication and socialisation needs. It also improves motor functioning and promotes relaxation.
Stephen is also the Founder and Director of Music&Sound Therapy, a Music Therapy Association based in the UK with national and international members and advisors, dedicated to providing a high-quality service accessible to all.
A BIT ABOUT MUSIC THERAPY
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music with all its elements to achieve non-musical goals and to help people to improve physical and mental health or functional outcomes.
Music, as a non-verbal medium, can express feelings that cannot be put into words.
Music therapists are committed to supporting clients of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, culture or background.
During a music therapy session, musical instruments and voice are used to help the clients to communicate in their own musical language whatever the ability.
Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and well-being.
Music can help everyone to improve their quality of life. Music Therapy can benefit a wide range of people of all needs, ages and conditions with physical and mental difficulties, such as children, adolescents, adults, elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and people with acute and chronic pain.
Stephen implements effective music psychotherapy and counselling methods to instil self-understanding among patients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. It is important to keep in mind that music therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: music therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the client.
Music plays an important role in human identity, culture, and spiritual beliefs. Everyone has the ability to respond to music, and music therapy uses this connection to facilitate positive changes for emotional wellbeing and communication, through the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist.
Music Therapy can help develop and facilitate communication skills, improve self-confidence and independence, enhance self-awareness, improve concentration skills, allow patients the opportunity to explore their own spiritual beliefs.
Within a professional approach, music can really break through where words can't, supporting you on your journey to healing and mind-body-spirit wellbeing.