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Music therapy at Beighton and Centenary

This resource is about the music therapy that is available at Beighton and Centenary CAMHS.

What is music therapy?

Music therapy is a psychological therapy which uses music to help people express their emotions and connect with others.

Everyone has the ability to respond to music, and music therapy uses this connection to facilitate positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication. This is achieved through engagement in live musical interaction and play between a young person and their therapist.

What happens in a session?

Music therapy sessions are based around your own therapy goals. There are a variety of musical instruments available for you to play or listen to, as well as access to music technology and music apps to assist in making songs and music together. Music therapy can involve a mixture of talking, listening and playing, depending on your individual needs.

Music therapy sessions take place each week at a room at the Becton Centre, either on a 1:1 basis or in a group.

Photograph of music therapy room

How can music therapy help?

Music making within a therapeutic relationship can help you to tell your story, express your feelings and improve your self-esteem. It provides an opportunity for you to relate and to reflect, without always needing to talk about what is happening in your life.

Music therapy can help you to:

  • enhance your communication with others
  • increase your self-confidence
  • improve your concentration
  • build up your motivation
  • develop more awareness of yourself and others
  • manage your feelings better

Our music therapist

Will is a registered Music Therapist and is part of the CAMHS Creative Therapies Team. He is based at the Becton Centre.

Further information

For more information about what music therapy is, please visit British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT).

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Disclaimer

Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: MH96

Resource Type: Article

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