Our qualified music therapists at One Trust are Maria Radoje, Sjaak Van Der Bent and Pavlina Papadopoulou. They have more than 30 years combined experience and currently provide four days of music therapy throughout our sites.
Music therapy is one of the arts psychotherapies regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. It provides emotional and psychological support and is informed by the same theoretical background as psychotherapy and counselling, offering a means of self-expression with or without words. Communication can be complicated, and not being understood can affect how we feel about ourselves and influence our behaviour. Music can help us to connect with each other and express feelings, whatever our cognitive or physical abilities.
Music therapy sessions are not like music lessons where the focus might be on learning a specific instrument. Sessions are led by the service users. The therapist improvises music in response to the musical playing, singing, movements, sounds, breathing pattern or mood of the participant, and considers everything they bring as communication. During a session, people are given lots of time to initiate or respond to the music, which can create an experience of ‘togetherness’ and a sense of being heard and accepted.
Individuals may also benefit from sensory exploration, social interactions such as turn-taking or choice making, and the development of motor skills and co-ordination during sessions. Music therapy may take place individually or in small groups.
Recent sessions with Maria have included work on a One Trust song – to see the finished song click here.
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Music Therapy helps with:
Finding ways of making and sustaining meaningful contact with others, verbally or non-verbally
Trying out different ways of relating to others and becoming more aware of their responses to us
Being able to make choices, developing confidence and self-esteem
Developing motor, co-ordination and concentration skills
Examining and sharing feelings and attitudes that are hard to verbalise
Developing innate creativity and musicality, to encourage vocal and verbal expression