Is musical ability necessary to benefit from music therapy?

Clients don't need any prior experience playing music or singing to fully benefit from music therapy. 


What's the frequency and duration of sessions?

Sessions generally take place once a week and last between 30 and 45 minutes.  

Creative ​Arts Psychotherapy

How can music psychotherapy help?

Music psychotherapy has been shown to be clinically effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia in areas such as:

- Life transitions

- Memory retention

- Emotional expression

- Cognitive ability

- Self-esteem

- Active involvement

- Verbal and non-verbal communication

- Building and sustaining of personal relationships

- Depression/ Anxiety

- Grief and loss

What does a typical session look like?

Many different techniques can be used depending on the needs and strengths of the client.  Instrumental improvisation can help the client communicate  non-verbally, when words are not the best tool.  Improvisational song writing can be used to create a framework for mirroring and supporting emotional states.  

​Using words and stories of a client and weaving them into a song can help to validate and transform the client's experiences. Singing familiar songs can provide a catalyst for intellectually and emotionally stimulating discussions.