I currently provide online sessions via secure videoconferencing with Zoom. See online bookings below. In some unique situations, I am also able to provide home visit services. If you are interested in exploring home visits, please reach out and we can chat about possibilities.
I can tailor individual music therapy programs according to your needs. I work with people coming up against emotional, cognitive, behavioural or social challenges as a result of illness (mental or physical) or loss.
In music therapy we can do anything from have a conversation, listen to music, write songs or create music. We might also use guided relaxation or other creative media such as pastels or collage depending on goals and immediate needs. You do not need to have music skills - as the goal is not to teach music, but rather work towards your preferred way of thinking, doing or being. You will not be forced to engage in music, however, I will support you towards your preferred method of engagement and your goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can music therapy help?
Sometimes talking and medication is not enough for you to move through challenges you're facing. You may not be ready to 'rationalise' your thinking, or you maybe able to intellectualise your situation, but have challenges emotionally processing or actively making change. Through music therapy, I work with an individual from many different approaches. I am aware that many of us (including myself!) cannot work at a cognitive level until the rest of our system is more 'in sync.' Music therapy impacts motivation, meaning, emotional regulation, physical or physiological functioning, state of arousal or sensory systems. Therefore, I may focus on these areas of need through music based experiences to better prepare our brains for processing and understanding challenges, traumas or memories - to then move towards empowering individuals to make change, 'press play' or 'author' their future.
Is Music Therapy evidence-based?
Neurologic music therapy is considered an evidence-based therapy. Other music therapy interventions draw from the best available evidence to us for interventions. As with most allied health therapies, music therapy is still developing the rigorous research to develop evidence-based research. Please note that evidence-based practice draws from three levels:
best research evidence available
clinical expertise and experience
values and experience of client/patient
What is the evidence?
The current evidence (though not an exhaustive list) suggests that music therapy:
can influence changes in hormones (including dopamine, serotonin and corisol), heart rate, blood pressure, pain perception
can significantly improve symmetry in the brain of those experiencing major depression
improves the capacity for people to experience, express and process the full spectrum of emotions
improves motivation for change and motivation to engage in therapy or psychiatric care
facilitates the opportunity for developing a sense of identity, hope and spirituality
improves feelings of belonging and decreases isolation
significantly reduces depression when compared to standard treatment
In music therapy, we acknowledge that we require further empirical research to fully understand the potential of music therapy services (as with all medical and therapeutic treatments).
What training and experience do you have?
Please read about my qualifications and experience here. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you will need will depend on your own circumstances. Some people prefer to have weekly sessions, while others prefer fortnightly or monthly (depending on their immediate needs and priorities). Some people will have a one-off session in order to learn about music-based approaches to self-management; others will have a short-term program (6-10 sessions) in order to have support in implementing new approaches; while others will have a long-term program (10+ sessions) in order to re-wire and reorganise traumatic events. The research suggests that effects (improvement) are most likely to occur after 3-6 sessions; with large effects occuring after 15 sessions.
What should I expect in music therapy?
Sessions can include conversations about the challenges bringing you to therapy and hopes for the future. We may also listen to music (chosen by you), write songs (to gain more understanding of the challenges and hopes you have), guided relaxation or mindfulness (with support of music), move to music, creative expression (with music instruments, through drawing or writing). Some sessions only involve talking, while others will draw from no more than one or two of the above.
Do I need to have music skills or experience?
No. Music therapy does not require any prior experience or skills in music.
What if I cannot afford to pay the full fee?
Please talk to me about arranging another alternative.
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Can I contact you after hours or in emergency situations?
I am not available to answer phone calls after hours and do not offer an emergency service. If you leave a message on my phone or email, I will respond within two business days. Please access the services below, should you require immediate attention.
Police, Fire or Ambulance - 000
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
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Is my information private and confidential?
Yes. More information coming soon.
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