We are happy to announce that as of RIGHT NOW we are accepting new clients! If you haven’t considered music therapy before, now may be the perfect time! All music therapy sessions are facilitated by Leslie Jones, MMT, MT-BC who has been working as a board certified music therapist since 2008. Music therapy can benefit most anyone, no matter what your need may be. Just as other therapies, music therapy is a treatment designed to help you achieve certain non-musical goals. These goals include (but are not limited to):
1. Motor Goals– Due to music’s natural tendency to aid and encourage movement this may be the perfect adjunct therapy for you. Music therapy aids in gait training (walking), restoring/maintaining muscle tone and strength, learning new movements and can work towards restoring motion lost by neurological impairments such as a brain injury or stroke.
2. Cognitive Goals- Music therapy is an effective therapy for working towards increasing and/or improving attention span, academic skills, problem solving, memory skills, decision making and cognitive processing. Music activates various areas of the brain and has many traits that make it a perfect medium for cognitive therapy.
3. Speech and Language Goals– Since music is processed in both hemispheres of the brain, music therapy is an excellent therapy to help stimulate speech and language production. Through singing one can improve many aspects of speech including articulation, word and sentence production, pragmatics, intonation and even rhythm and rate of talking.
4. Emotional Goals- Music can serve as the perfect medium to aid in self expression when it is otherwise difficult for a person to do so. Not only can music help express, but with music therapy one can work towards emotional uplifting and regulation. Perhaps writing a song, playing instruments or creating art to music is just what you need to help manage depression, anxiety and stress. We often turn to music when we feel these negative emotions taking their toll, so why not complement the music with therapy to help alleviate the symptoms.
5. Social Goals- Music is by nature a social experience. Whether you are singing, playing instruments, writing a song, or enjoying listening with a group of people you can easily engage social skills with music. Music therapy can aid in improving social skills by increasing positive social behaviors while decreasing unwanted behaviors, encouraging proper interaction between others, practicing social situations and encouraging an increase in social interaction.
If you feel music therapy may help benefit you don’t hesitate to contact us! The best part is that WE COME TO YOU! No need to worry about traveling across town to make it to your appointments! Sessions are offered for group or individual therapy, whichever best meets your demands. In addition we serve all ages and populations. All instruments and materials are provided and progress towards meeting your goals is ALWAYS documented and kept confidential between you and the therapist.
Contact us today for more information and learn how music therapy may be the perfect “bridge” for you and wellness!