MUSIC THERAPYCreative ~ Safe ~ Confidential Music can express feelings that cannot be put into words. It touches our emotions deeply. Creating music can be a moving experience, enhancing a sense of identity, connection and belonging. In music therapy a trusting relationship is established using music as a means of communication. Sessions are client-led in approach and material is improvised using a range of instruments. The therapist supports the individual to explore underlying reasons for behaviours and any difficulties he or she may be experiencing. Christina has wide-ranging experience of working with both adults and children. She has worked extensively with children with ASD and with a range of emotional issues including bereavement, attachment issues and in palliative care. She has worked in collaboration with dance movement therapist, Victoria Thompson, leading creative workshops for AfterAdoption. Referrals can be made by parents, schools and social services. A preliminary course of three assessment sessions is followed by a written report and a meeting with parent, teacher or care-manager before any longer-term work is put in place. Music therapy is safe and confidential. The process is carefully regulated by the Bristish Association for Music Therapy www.BAMT.org and the Health and Care Professions Council www.hcpc-uk.org.uk and Christina is registered with the HCPC and is a member of the BAMT. All registered music therapists are professionally trained (Postgraduate Diploma/MA) and engage in regular clinical supervision, updating their skills through continuing professional development and training.
‘There was a real sense of her not being judged for ‘good’ or ‘bad’ behaviour which was absolutely wonderful’ Parent of 3-year old adopted child ‘Having the freedom to do what she wanted. Banging the drums, very loud …..’ Parent of 4-year old child with special needs ‘He is always much calmer after sessions. It works like magic for him’ Support worker of adult client with learning difficulties ‘It made me laugh and cry which I desperately needed’ Course participant Penny Brohn Cancer Care ‘He loved coming to music therapy. He began to say ‘Mama’ for the first time after three weeks. He always knew when it was time to come and would bring me his trainers….’ Parent of 4 year-old child with autismMusic therapy is an established clinical discipline which is widely used to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness, disability or emotional trauma.