What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the intentional use of music as a tool to work towards therapeutic goals.  This can include listening to music, making music, songwriting and composing, and using rhythm and rhyme.  Music therapists are trained to use a huge variety of genres, instruments and approaches to match each individual’s goals, which might be social, cognitive, emotional, spiritual or even physical.  This makes music therapy an incredibly flexible modality, with as many different approaches as there are people!  Music has a way of slipping past our conscious processes and offers a back door entrance to our brains, helping us process difficult experiences, connect with our emotions and access untapped abilities.

Music therapy is a discipline in which Certified Music Therapists (MTAs) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains. – Canadian Association of Music Therapists September 2020

Who benefits from Music Therapy?

Music therapy is used with individuals of various ages, abilities, and musical backgrounds in clinical, educational, community and private practice settings. As well as being a helpful, positive tool for enrichment for all of us, the list below includes examples of medical conditions, living conditions and goal areas that might lead to someone accessing music therapy.

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • AIDS
  • Autism and other Pervasive Development Disabilities
  • Critical Care
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Emotional Traumas
  • Geriatric Care
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Mental Health Difficulties
  • Neonatal Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Pain Control
  • Palliative Care
  • Personal Growth
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Speech and Language Impairments
  • Substance Abuse
  • Teens at Risk
  • Victims of Abuse
  • Visual Impairments

(From https://www.musictherapy.ca/)

At NowWhat, MTA certified Music Therapist Dana Dempsey offers creative and inclusive options for people of all ages, stages and abilities to work towards therapeutic goals via all kinds of musical experiences.  Sessions can take place in groups, with individuals, or even in curated ‘mini groups, with siblings, families, learning pods or friend groups.  Generally, sessions are booked in blocks of 6 to 8 at the minimum, to allow time for specific goals to be worked on.

Sessions can take place either in the clinic, or, we have a limited number of in-home session slots available each week for individuals with mobility challenges or for those who would benefit from in-home therapy.  Dana is also able to offer adapted music lessons for those who haven’t been able to access standard lessons, as a tool to work in harmony with your therapeutic goals (working towards a performance to aid with confidence, writing, producing and recording a song containing a narrative that helps process a difficult experience, etc).

How do I Get Involved?

Reach out to us and let us know you’re interested.  We’ll be happy to connect via our 30-minute complimentary intake, or a phone call with our team if you’re an existing client, and let you know of any upcoming group opportunities or help you set up a block of individual sessions (Available from mid-February 2022) if you think Music Therapy may be a good fit for you!