About music therapy

Music therapy uses spontaneous music making as a means of communication within a therapeutic relationship. The therapy is led by the client and is a creative way to provide psychological support without the need for words. Both the client and the therapist are involved in playing the instruments, using their voices, and listening. No previous musical knowledge or skills are required.

There are a wide range of instruments available, ranging from large drums and xylophones to small hand-held instruments as well as a guitar and/or piano.  No teaching is involved as the instruments are chosen for their accessibility and ease of use.

The therapist may also respond verbally to the client’s expressions, noticing and linking themes that have emerged during the sessions. The extent of verbal input depends on the client’s level of awareness, and on the focus of the work.

Music therapy addresses the whole person, including the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual elements. 

For those we help, Belltree Music Therapy’s work builds emotional resilience and increases their motivation to connect with others. Our work reduces social isolationstrengthens relationships, and enables a better quality of life.

What are the main benefits of music therapy?

• Increased motivation to communicate
• Increased awareness of self and others
• Improved communication and social skills
• Reduced tension, anxiety and challenging behaviour
• Sense of satisfaction and achievement
• Increased self-esteem
• Greater self-acceptance
• Improved concentration
• Increased sense of well-being