Laura (MA, MT-BC) is a board certified music therapist currently providing services in San Luis Obispo, California.
What is Music Therapy?
Most people can identify at least one positive experience involving music during their lifetime. Often many experiences!
Personal experiences with music can lead to feelings of joy, powerful release, calming, a connection with others, or myriad positive benefits. Put simply, music can promote healing in many forms, and music therapists help navigate this personal journey with clients.
Music therapists intentionally utilize music within the therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.
Who can benefit?
You. Me. Your aunt. Our neighbors.
People from all walks of life can benefit from connecting to their inner creative source. This may manifest in a variety of ways during a music therapy session. I have experience in assessing each client's needs and goals to facilitate meaningful sessions.
Some of the most common stories I hear include, "But I'm not a creative person." Or, "I'm tone deaf, I can't keep a beat..." The examples go on. If you can relate, I challenge you to start questioning where, when, and how this story began.
We're all storytellers. Music can tap into this in a purposeful way.
What is a Typical Session?
Since no prior music experience is necessary, the structure of a session truly varies from person to person.
The most important component of any therapy session is safety.
In a space free of judgement and expectations, various music therapy methods might be used. This could include live instruments, voice, recordings, song writing, improvisation, relaxation experiences, etc. Simultaneously, specific goals are developed and addressed to cultivate meaning and direction, curated for each person.
What does a session look like?
A music therapy session can take on many forms depending on individual goals and objectives.
Here is a clip from a group session at the Arroyo Grande Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Center. Participants are working on a variety of goals including:
Increased physical functioning
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