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Information for patients

Music Therapy- Wakefield Hospice
 
What is Music Therapy?
The Music Therapist provides individual or group sessions where a patient, their family or carers can explore their feelings in a safe, supportive environment. Through music, thoughts and feelings that may be too intense or painful to put into words can find expression. Exploring the creativity latent in us all allows for personal insight and discovery of our strengths.

A Registered Music Therapist is trained to provide the help and encouragement necessary to facilitate what can often be a difficult process, thus providing the possibility of release and resolution in a safe, supportive environment. Music Therapy is offered in a variety of settings, on admission to the Hospice, as an out-patient through Day Services, or at Access.  All Music Therapists are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. For further information please go to- www.hpc-uk.org
 
What happens in a Music Therapy session?
Because Music Therapy is non-directive and genuinely patient-led, what happens will be different for each client and in each session. There is usually a structure to the session, helping the client to get started and providing the opportunity for them to identify and achieve any goals within the time available. The client is then able to work at their own pace, drawing on the skills of the Music Therapist to explore the music and it’s personal significance as they feel able.
 
There is flexibility for people to use their music therapy sessions in a variety of different ways.  People often choose to talk, sing, or improvise music with the therapist in their sessions.  In music therapy there is the potential for people to move fluidly between music and words, and perhaps explore the relationship between these two forms of communication.
 
Do you have to be good at music to benefit from Music Therapy?
Quite simply ‘no’!
Music Therapists are very familiar with working with clients who do not consider themselves musical in any way. They are accomplished at putting the client at their ease so that they very rapidly lose their inhibitions and any feelings of inadequacy or foolishness. Working with a Music Therapist is not about producing music for performance.
 
Who can attend and how to go about it.
Music therapy is available to all patients at the hospice, their family and their carers.  People can attend either individually or in groups.  Groups can be made up of other patients, family, or carers.  If you are interested please speak to a member of staff and your enquiry will be handed on to the music therapist.