Davron Hodson MA, Music Therapist (HCPC Accred)
Hello, my name is Davron and I am an accredited Music Therapist. You may not have heard about Music Therapy (MT) before - you're not alone with that, most people haven't. But please take a moment or two to read through my profile to get a feel of what MT is.
Before you go any further, you need to know that you do not need to be musical to engage in music therapy - it is for therapy approach for everyone.
When was the last time you heard music? Today perhaps, on the radio, through the internet or in the background of a television show. Music is everywhere - it is a primitive form of communication and connection. We use music to mark important times in our lives, such as weddings or funerals and we can be profoundly affected by music. We hear our own stories through music and it makes us feel connected to people we've never met. But more than that, music is able to engage the whole brain - our emotions are affected, it can remind us of times in the past, we can have a physiological response and it can make us feel different states of emotions.
This is the power of music.
My approach to therapy:
I consider therapy a process, much like a journey through the alphabet. Therapy isn't about getting from A-Z because you've already travelled part of the journey - you have a story to tell based on what you have experienced to date - but perhaps you feel as though you are stuck or are finding continuing the journey difficult in your present situation. Therapy can help you move beyond those difficulties by understanding the meaning and shape of them better, and help you through the next few stages to continue on your journey, or even help you forge a new one.
Life can be heavy sometimes and maybe you find it difficult to open up to someone about your difficulties - words are hard after all. I will work with you to help you gently, carefully and compassionately explore your concerns in a safe and confidential environment using a range of words, art or music, tailoring the approach to you. Furthermore, I believe that it is important to bring humour to therapy so that there are moments of lightness when exploring difficult heavy subjects to help make things more manageable.
As a Music Therapist, I am trained to work across the lifespan for people with a range of mental, physical, emotional, developmental, social and cognitive needs. This means I am trained to work with very young children, adolescents, young people, adults and older adults. I employ both verbal and creative approaches to therapy, such as the use of music or other arts-based materials. I have often found that when working with people who perhaps do not know much about music therapy or don't consider music to be a big part in their lives, they gained a huge amount of awareness and insight into their difficulties by looking at the use of music in an applied, purposeful way.
What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy can offer help with emotional problems such as anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, loss and change. It is a form of psychotherapy that uses a combination of music, words and talking at the focus of each session.
Musical skills or experience is not required. No value judgement are made about your musicality.
It is an approach for anyone who has experienced emotional or psychological difficulties and have struggled to make sense of them. The sessions could help you gain a better understanding and insight into the roots of your difficulties and help in overcoming or managing them better, and can work on a 1-to-1 basis and for groups.
What can I expect from Music Therapy?
All the things you would expect from a traditional counselling approach plus...
- Bringing in, listening to music and creating your own music can reflect personal experiences and conflicts, strengths and difficulties. Music Therapy deepens our understanding and encourages change in a gradual and natural process.
- Music therapy helps develop confidence, awareness and self-esteem.
- Musical expression helps give form to feelings that are hard to put into words and can help process things that are not easy to say out loud.
- Music making provides a safe way of exploring difficult or frightening emotions. The music produced provides a concrete means of communication and a focus for reflection.
- Music therapy develops the skills of reflecting about emotions, encouraging empathy, communication, understanding of emotion, and positive expression of emotion.
- Music therapy can help us make positive changes in our lives and lead to more creating and satisfying ways of living.
Remember - you do not need to have musical ability to engage in music therapy - it is for everyone.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Music Therapy (Distinction) - University of the West of England
Level 5 Counselling Children and Young People - LRS Training
PostGraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Arts - University of South Wales
BA(Hons) Counselling and Social Welfare - University of Wales, Newport
Continual Professional Development in the following areas:
Working Safely with Trauma
Working with Grief and Loss
Working with Eating Disorders
Working in Brief Therapeutic Practice
Working with Telephone / eCounselling Delivery
Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Domestic Abuse Awareness
Supporting Victims of Crime
Applied Suicide Intervention and Skills Training (ASIST)
Safeguarding Adults Level 3
Safeguarding Children Level 3
I have worked in the field of Mental Health for the last ten years, both in paid and voluntary capacities. From humble beginnings of volunteering with a national charity assisting people with mild mental health difficulties, to supporting people who's lives have been affected with crime, and latterly working therapeutically with people who have been affected by rape and sexual abuse, I have worked with people of all ages who have experienced a gradual or sudden deterioration in their mental health.
My music therapy practice has enabled me to provide support to children in a special educational needs (SEN) school, and working privately with adults who have profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). This work has involved working with families, carers and the wider support network to develop the client's autonomy and capacity to communicate with others, whilst having practical applications utilising the power of music to help develop communication and social skills, improve cognitive functioning, supporting emotional and behavioural needs and physical rehabilitation.
In more recent years, I have brought Music Therapy to the more traditional fields of counselling and psychotherapy by setting up a Music Therapy practice at a specialist trauma charity for people affected by sexual violence for children, adolescents and adults. In this practice, I use a range of arts-based approaches to help clients explore their trauma to give form to feelings that at times are difficult to understand or process. I also co-facilitate psycho-educational group about the impacts of trauma to adolescents and adults. I have also worked for a local University supporting counselling students on placement for many years, and I currently coordinate counselling volunteers throughout South, West and Mid Wales for a specialist charity, deliver Music Therapy workshops at mental health conferences and further education establishments, as well as work as a practising counsellor and Music Therapist.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I am happy to receive queries about music therapy and offer an initial telephone consultation for free. This would be to assess your needs, but to also help us decide if working together feels like the right thing.
£40 per session.
A typical session is 50 minutes. Sessions are carried out within my therapy room in my home - it is a light, safe space with total privacy ensuring your confidentiality with a wide variety of musical instruments and art materials. I am also able to offer counselling sessions via Skype or Zoom.
I have a current DBS check if required.