Last Monday, I presented a paper at the International Mental Health Conference. I told them that I overvalued music therapy. Yes - it probably sounds a little bizarre to mention this to a room full of mental health professionals, but let me give you some context. About six years ago, I saw Dr Oliver Sacks present and one thing he mentioned was that "music therapy is either overvalued or undervalued." My thought to myself was, of course music therapy is undervalued, but I don'
I was about to write a post on the good, bad and ugly sides of stress when I discovered that someone had already done so and covered most of what I intended to say. You can read it here. But I thought I'd like to give a brief rundown on how stress can be good for us, not so good for us and how it can impact our physical health. When stress is good for us… Yes. Stress is good for us. If it weren’t for stress, we wouldn’t have the warning bell that would tell us to run from dan
As adults we so quickly fall into training babies and children to be adults. I think though that they have so much to teach us if we let them.
Conformity can begin from birth in our culture. There are many benefits. Conformity gives us rules and guidelines on how should dress, behave, speak and how not to dress, behave and speak. When it works well, conformity looks neat and tidy. So all in all conformity works right?
I think there is a home for it somewhere, but I'm stil
One thing that I always notice in my work - is that adults are often afraid to make music or sometimes engage in music therapy because they might get it wrong. Why? I mean as children we're always trying something new - making up our own games - unafraid. But something happens and we lose that courage to just have a go. Our education system is set up for us to get jobs and that there is a right way and a wrong way. So you either keep trying till you get it right or you get it