Why therapy or counselling?
People come to therapy or counselling for many different reasons. At times we need support for thoughts or feelings, or patterns of behaviour, which we feel we need to change. These could be brought about by traumatic circumstances or events, or the seemingly impossible situations we find ourselves in. These could be things which have developed over time leading to depression or anxiety or maybe a feeling of unease or unhappiness. Sometimes we don’t know the reasons why we feel the need for therapy and support, and these may become apparent after a while.
The Music Therapy that I practice is a person centred psychotherapy - much the same as most clinical talking or creative therapies in that it provides a framework in which the client is supported to discuss or reflect upon the issues they wish to bring to the session, at their own pace, in order to initiate the changes necessary for health. The use of the sessions may change over time as the therapist, and client, adapts to the particular needs required. Words are vital for this and, in the case of music therapy, music can also be used creatively - without any need for previous experience or skill - the shared musical experience further enabling the interaction, leading to the pursuit of therapeutic goals. These goals are determined by the therapist’s understanding of the client’s expressed and personal needs. It should be stressed that the music in the session is not played to the client but with.
The sessions are usually weekly and last for 50 minutes. They are weekly because of the requirement to maintain continuity and develop the process of the sessions. Anything less frequent makes it more difficult to maintain these securely. This is obviously requires a big commitment but one which, hopefully, is reflected in the outcomes.
The duration of the course of therapy can be discussed at the outset or decided further down the line. Some people require only a few sessions while others prefer something much longer term.