MUSIC THERAPY SESSIONS
As a universal language and a non-verbal medium, music can embody feelings that often evade words. In his role as a music therapist, Stephen utilises this expressive nature of music, applying it in a clinical and evidence-based way. His aim with music therapy is to facilitate non-musical goals and support individuals in improving their physical and mental health. This form of therapy proves to be an efficient tool for a vast array of individuals with diverse needs. These include but are not limited to, people grappling with social, emotional or behavioural problems, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, Autism, learning disabilities, various forms of abuse, life-threatening illnesses like cancer, dementia, mental health issues, neurological conditions, stress, and trauma.
Stephen believes in the uniqueness of every person, and this belief translates into his therapy sessions. His therapeutic approach is client-centric, customised according to the needs and interests of each individual. In an inclusive and supportive environment, he uses musical instruments and sounds to aid individuals in communicating through their unique musical language, irrespective of their abilities. This approach offers emotionally enriching, sensory, and intellectually stimulating experiences. The therapeutic goals and objectives are collaboratively developed and agreed upon between Stephen and his clients, ensuring a personalised and effective therapeutic journey.
Stephen offers one on one and group music therapy sessions, face-to-face and online. Stephen is also the Founder and Director of Music & Sound Therapy, a Music Therapy Association based in Bristol, with national and international members and advisors, dedicated to providing a high-quality service accessible to all.
A BIT ABOUT MUSIC THERAPY
Music can help everyone to improve their quality of life. Music Therapy can benefit a wide range of people of all needs, ages and conditions with physical and mental difficulties, such as children, adolescents, adults, elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and people with acute and chronic pain.
Stephen implements effective music psychotherapy and counselling methods to instil self-understanding among patients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. It is important to keep in mind that music therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: music therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the client.
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music with all its elements to achieve non-musical goals and to help people to improve physical and mental health or functional outcomes. Music, as a non-verbal medium, can express feelings that cannot be put into words.
Music therapists are committed to supporting clients of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, culture or background. During a music therapy session, musical instruments and voice are used to help the clients to communicate in their own musical language whatever their ability. Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and well-being.
Music plays an important role in human identity, culture, and spiritual beliefs. Everyone has the ability to respond to music, and music therapy uses this connection to facilitate positive changes for emotional well-being and communication, through the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist.
Music Therapy can help develop and facilitate communication skills, improve self-confidence and independence, enhance self-awareness, improve concentration skills, and allow patients the opportunity to explore their own spiritual beliefs.
Within a professional approach, music can really break through where words can't, supporting you on your journey to healing and mind-body-spirit well-being.