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3 Considerations before Hiring a Music Therapist

Many people, young and old, are living with a wide array of physical and emotional needs: decline in motor functioning, social isolation, depression, anxiety, confusion, lack of focus, stress and physical pain….a Music Therapist can help.  

Call a Music Therapist if you or your loved one wants/needs to:

  • decrease stress and/or anxiety
  • strengthen speech/language/breath control
  • develop focus and productivity skills
  • participate in an inclusive social environment
  • improve capacity for learning and attention
  • boost confidence and feelings of self-worth

Music Therapists work with some of society’s most vulnerable including youth at risk, individuals with brain injury, those with mental health issues, learning challenges, and those in palliative care, long-term care and dementia care. They also work with professionals, educators and corporations to ensure the stressed public can access this unique service as needed.

Ideally, every healthcare facility, employee assistance program, and learning centre would have a certified Music Therapist accessible to work with every person who seeks change – regardless of age.

When selecting a Music Therapist look for someone who:

– is certified

Countries throughout the world have national certification programs for Music Therapists who have graduated with the prescribed educational requirements including supervised clinical work.

– participates in on-going education

A degree, and even a license, may not guarantee the effectiveness of a Music Therapist. It is important you ensure that they go beyond their certification. The therapist you consider should demonstrate their participation in ongoing education. This indicates that the therapist has initiative and a passion for their profession. It will also help you identify where their interests lie. Is their continuing education related to the goals you have for yourself?

– has good rapport with you

Even the most perfect, experienced therapist on paper may not be the right fit for you unless you can identify with them and their personality. Your relationship with the therapist is essential to the process, so it is important to find someone with whom you feel connected and with whom you feel safe. The areas you work on will depend on whether you are hoping to be: challenged, validated, inspired, or transformed. A good therapist is going to take time to get to know you and what your goals are throughout your course of treatment.

Professional Associations to find a Music Therapist:

Canada – www.musictherapy.ca

United States – www.musictherapy.org

World Federation – www.wfmt.info

Here are some of the specialty services we provide at JB Music Therapy (please note that all Music Therapy companies will be unique in what specific services they provide): …… you may want to also check out What is Music Therapy

    • Group Therapy – groups range in needs from groups of seniors with dementia and their spouses, to children, youth, teens and adults with disabilities
    • Individual Therapy  – these are particularly applicable to those looking for intensive therapy.  Examples may be those suffering from depression and other mental health issues, individuals on the quest for vocal recovery after stroke, people who have acquired a brain injury, children with autism.
    • Bedside Service – palliative care, seniors, children who are critically ill, hospice care.
    • Corporate Employee Assistance Programs  – stress reduction at the workplace, wellness, team-building, productivity enhancement.
    • Community Presentations for the general public on using music with greater intention and purposeful strategy.

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