Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention, which is delivered by HCPC registered music therapists. It aids those whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability. It does this by supporting psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs.

Music therapy is a psychological clinical treatment which can effectively support users with psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical and even social needs. It is believed that music therapy can help with various issues. These include, but not limited to, past trauma, addictions, emotional pains, stress management, physical disabilities, ageing-related issues, chronic illness. When choosing a therapist it is likely you have some questions about what to expect. You may have some apprehension if seeking this or in fact, any therapy is new to you.

We at Seek a Therapy want to help answer your questions and concerns surrounding the therapy in order to help you select the right practitioner for you. That is why, on this page, we have included some of the most common questions a person may have before speaking to a music therapy specialist.


What is Music Therapy?

Everyone has the ability to respond to music, and music therapy uses this connection to facilitate positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication through the engagement in live musical interaction between client and therapist. It can help develop and facilitate communication skills, improve self-confidence and independence, enhance self-awareness and awareness of others, improve concentration and attention skills.

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What is music therapy? Music therapists use the power of music to help their clients achieve therapeutic goals. These can include learning a new skill and learning how to play a musical instrument aiding in building self-esteem. This does not mean you need to know how to play a musical instrument. Nor do you need to be ‘musical’ to undertake music therapy. There are many methods to music therapy including free improvisation so your therapy will be attuned to your needs.


What to Expect From Music Therapy & The Science Behind It

Music can be individually based or in a social setting depending upon your needs and the goal of the therapy. One example of music therapy benefits is to help a child with autism. This could be helping them to find a way to communicate with others.

For a learning disabled adult, this could be helping them to find a way in which to express their emotions in a safe and supported environment. For an older person with dementia, this could be helping them to feel valued and heard.

The work of a music therapist takes place not only in sessions but also around the sessions.

In thinking about your needs, music therapists often work with other professionals to provide a holistic approach to your care.


How Much Does A Typical Music Therapy Session Cost?

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If you are based in the UK you can’t ask your GP for music therapy. You have to seek private treatment.

We have some music therapy practitioners in our directory in the UK, USA, Europe, Canada and Asia where costs range from £30/$60. Sometimes costs can go upwards of £100/$150 per session. Sometimes it can cost more depending upon the therapist’s experience, speciality and location.


How Do I Know Which Practioner To Choose?

One of the most important parts of any therapy is the relationship between yourself and the therapist.

When you find the right practitioner that offers you good communication, a partnership, trust, goals and a feeling of genuine understanding then together, over time, you will be able to challenge your thoughts, beliefs and perceptions. Also, sometimes you may be able to find a practitioner with specialities in the area you want to work on whether health, relationships, business or something else.


How Long Does It Take To Have An Effect?

It will depend upon your music therapist as it can sometimes just be once or occasionally many times in order to master a musical instrument. The therapist will assess your description of personal issues and then inform you how many sessions they believe you will need. Usually, it isn’t more than up to 8 or 10. Music therapy has had great reports in helping many people in many walks of life and with many alignments.  It can really transform your life in many ways.


What If It Doesn’t Work For Me?

First of all, don’t worry!

If you think music therapy is the right therapy, but you have the wrong therapist then you have every right to seek a second opinion. You will not offend your therapist, they just want you to heal from your situation as best you can. All healers believe you deserve to feel the best you can. If, on the other hand, you don’t feel it is working at all then do not be disheartened. There are many, many different types of therapy and this is only one. Use our therapy directory to find a different therapy, you may find counselling works better for you or possibly some holistic treatment. The key is not to think this is your only option there are many routes to healing.


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Please note: This information should not replace professional medical advice, it is purely for informational purposes. At all times when you are in crisis please first seek help from your GP or another medical professional. Thank you