CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES

What are arts therapies?

Arts therapies aim to improve mental health and wellbeing. They are therapeutic interventions similar to counselling or psychotherapy that use music, drama or dance as the means of communication. They can be particularly beneficial for adolescents, young children with communication difficulties, people on the autistic spectrum, people with dementia and in whole-family therapy.

Clients need no prior experience of the arts as it is within the process of creativity and the therapeutic relationship that healing and growth can be fostered.

Here at Cambridgeshire Music we offer both drama therapy and music therapy [ADD LINKS].

We also offer Music Mentoring [LINK] for people with milder emotional or intellectual difficulties or those transitioning from music therapy. This has a more directive approach to music learning but still has an emphasis on relational issues..

Arts therapy aims to help with any, or all, of the following:
o Providing a medium for self expression
o Providing emotional support
o Building confidence and self esteem
o Decreasing tension, anxiety and challenging behaviour
o Enhancing awareness of self and others
o Developing social skills such as listening, turntaking and sharing
o Developing co-ordination and movement

How does it work?

Therpists work with individuals or groups. In music therapy the participant plays a variety of simple instruments, and the therapist responds on his/her own instrument. Through joint music making, positive changes in behaviour, emotional well-being and communication can be facilitated. It can open up channels of communication when verbal skills are limited.

Not sure where to start?

We do an assessment for which level and art form would be best for each person.

You can also talk to Orla Casey at the Cambridgeshire Music office on 01480 373500. And see our leaflet: download this pdfcm_music_therapy_leaflet.pdf (422.9 KB)

Arts therapies are particularly good for...

Arts therapies are particularly good for:
o Self-expression and communication
o Increased resilience
o Processing trauma and loss
o Improved emotional wellbeing
o Building confidence and self esteem
o Decreased tension, anxiety and challenging behaviour
o Enhanced awareness of self and others
o Improved social skills such as listening, turntaking and sharing
o Better co-ordination and movement
o Improved focus and concentration
o Reduced behavioural issues
o Increase ability to participate and engage with education curriculum and school life
o Improved education progression

To get started, go to our HOW TO BOOK, COSTS & FUNDING.