Richmond Music Trust Music Therapy Service
Richmond Music Trust is an established provider of music therapy to children and adults with a wide range of needs. We offer 1:1 and small group therapy sessions from our therapy rooms in Twickenham and Kingston and also on an outreach basis to organisations and homes.
A person may come to music therapy because when he or she feels unhappy, depressed or is finding it difficult to form relationships. Music therapy can be a supportive form of therapy for children and adults who are going through an emotional crisis or are experiencing mental health problems such as anxiety, depression or psychosis. It can be useful for people who are experiencing distress and isolation arising from illness, disability, addiction or life-circumstances.
Sessions are either one-to-one or in groups. During music therapy sessions clients are invited to experiment with sounds, using a variety of instruments. No previous musical experience is needed and the focus is to support the clients in expressing themselves creatively through sounds, silences, songs, rhythms and words. The music played covers a wide range of styles depending on the needs, taste and musical experience of the client.
Spontaneously making music can be an enjoyable and enlivening experience which sometimes allows unexpected feelings to arise that the client may wish to discuss with the therapist. The therapist is there to support the client and help make sense of the feelings experienced. The process of therapy is not to smooth over or to distract from painful areas of experience, but rather to facilitate the client’s awareness of their experience and to reflect upon this.
Music therapy provides an opportunity to reflect on relationships and explore new ways of relating to others. Engagement in music therapy can create positive changes in emotional wellbeing and helps increase confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem and the ability to form and sustain relationships.
Adults are welcome to refer themselves. Referrals can also be made by parents, carers or any professional working with the client within an educational, health or social care setting. Once we receive your completed form we will contact you to arrange an initial Music Therapy Assessment.
Training, qualifications & experience
All our music therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and are members of the British Association of Music Therapy. They will all be trained to MA level and will have extensive theoretical and practical experience with a wide range of client groups. For details of therapists background, please visit our website www.richmondmusictrust.org.uk/musictherapy.
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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.