Working with people with mental health problems
Music therapy can help people with a range of emotional disorders and mental illness and can impact fundamentally on the way people live their lives.
Individual sessions can help to address problems rooted in the past, as in psychotherapy, with the medium for communication being predominantly improvised music. Group work can be helpful as a means of exploring relationships and be a source of mutual support, reducing isolation and leading to greater self understanding.
Music therapy can help people to
- feel more motivated
- express themselves creatively
- develop their social and communication skills
- gain greater awareness of self and others
- build their self-esteem
- think about the impact music has on their lives
- become more confident in making choices
- feel that they are in a secure and accepting environment, where positive change can take place