Music Therapy for Adults

Music Therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  Music Therapy is considered to be both an art and a science, with a wide qualitative and quantitative research literature base . Music therapists are trained musicians who apply music in a variety of ways with clients, which include: live music-making on a variety of instruments, free improvisation, singing, song-writing, listening to music, imagery and movement to music ((Canadian Association for Music Therapy).  No previous musical experience or talent is required to fully engage in and benefit from music therapy, and music therapy is widely practiced with individuals and groups of all age groups: children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

Music Therapy for Adults

Often times, words can take us only so far, whereas music can access feelings that often express more authentic levels of the self that go to the heart or core of an issue.  Music and sound can do this by directly accessing the right brain and the limbic system, thus bypassing the thinking mind, which frequently blocks us from getting in touch with our true feelings. Engaging in creative processes with music enriches and enlivens the experience of therapy, allowing different aspects of oneself to emerge and be given expression.  Conflicting parts of oneself can clearly be heard through creative expression and dialogue, allowing individuals to come to terms with and integrate different aspects of themselves.  New understandings and insights are a natural result of this process.