What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is an evidence-based profession. It works on the understanding that all human beings are able to respond to music, irrespective of disability or injury.
Music has always been a powerful tool for expression. It can touch our emotions deeply and allows for freedom of communication which needs no words. Music therapy uses music to help people cope more effectively with their lives and with their difficulties.
In music therapy the music is co-created. Both therapist and client establish a musical relationship in which emotions can be expressed, explored and worked through within a safe and confidential environment. Music, in a therapeutic setting, can support the development of speech, communication, movement, cognition and emotional expression depending on an assessment of individual needs.
Through the safe, supportive and confidential relationship built between client and therapist, combined with the non-invasive medium of music, clients can continue to achieve personal goals and promote their potential.
If you wish to know more about Music Therapy Jessica gave an interview to community radio station,Together FM, which you can listen to here.
Final Note magazine published a lengthy article titled 'The full spectrum of Music Therapy with Jessica Harris, November 2019 Read it here
Who I work
I work with:
Adults and young people who have experienced traumatic brain injury/stroke.
Adults/young people and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Elder care - dementia and alzheimer's support for older adults.
Young people and children who have experienced bereavement or trauma.
Adults and young people with eating disorders
Adults with long term serious illness.
Music Therapy Goals:
- Stimulate meaningful interactions such as: turn-taking, eye contact, sharing objects, thoughts or memories, joining in playing or singing.
- Stimulate and promote speech and Language skills.
- Manage anxiety/frustration
- Stimulate movement
- Stimulate memory
- Express emotions
- Create opportunities for joy
What may be included in a music therapy session?
- Playing instruments
- Music based games / activities
- Moving to music
- Listening / relaxation with music
- Writing songs.
- Discussing song lyrics
- Recalling memories inspired by music .