Music Therapy - Mental Health

Music therapy is available individually or in small groups, and can help to provide a safe space to express feelings that may be hard to put into words. Creativity through music therapy has been shown to help improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. There are excerpts from recent research below. My experience, training and insurance are detailed on the about page.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.


Information Sheet - more about music therapy for people with mental health problems

Please fill in a copy of the 2 forms below before commencing music therapy. Every detail you can provide helps. You can print these and bring them with you, or fill them electronically and email.

Referral Form - provide background, aims, additional information

Consent Form - provide permission for therapy and recording


The calendar shows availability.



Research

A 2017 Cochrane review of music therapy for people with depression concluded:

"Music therapy added to treatment as usual seems to improve depressive symptoms compared with treatment as usual alone. . . Music therapy also shows efficacy in decreasing anxiety levels and improving functioning of depressed individuals." (Aalbers et al. 2017)

One particular study in this area found:

"Individual music therapy combined with standard care is effective for depression among working-age people with depression. . . music therapy with its specific qualities is a valuable enhancement to established treatment practices." (Erkkilä et al. 2011)

From the 2017 Cochrane review of music therapy for people with schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like disorders:

"Moderate- to low-quality evidence suggests that music therapy as an addition to standard care improves the global state, mental state (including negative and general symptoms), social functioning, and quality of life of people with schizophrenia or schizophrenia-like disorders." (Geretsegger et al. 2017)

Music therapy has been found useful for people with low motivation:

"Music therapy was superior to treatment as usual for total negative symptoms as well as functioning, clinical global impressions, social avoidance through music, and vitality. Individual music therapy as conducted in routine practice is an effective addition to usual care for mental health care clients with low motivation." (Gold et al. 2013)