SPECIALIST SUPPORT - CLINICAL THERAPY

The healing power of music

Music therapy at Cambridgeshire Music launched in 1995 and today we run one of the largest teams of music therapists in the country. Specialist music therapists work in special schools, mainstream schools, units attached to schools and children’s centres across Cambridgeshire, and we see hundreds of people a year.

Music therapy sessions are person-centred and focus on communication using sound – made on instruments and with the voice. Non-linguistic communication is often helpful for those with limited verbal expression, mental health issues, emotional, social and behavioural problems or those with dementia or other degenerative conditions. Sessions can be for groups or for individuals.

Our therapists work with parents, carers and professionals to share skills, support consistency and follow-up outside sessions. We also provide consultations and support for school engagement and mental health issues in schools.

Five interesting facts about music therapy
1. Music therapy originated in World Wars I, when local musicians played for veterans in hospitals with very positive results.

2. People of all ages can benefit from music therapy. It works by stimulating parts of the brain responsible for physical and mental functions.

3. Music Therapy is very useful when verbal skills are limited due to physical or learning disability, or where clients are unable to make use of a verbal therapy due to emotional distress.

4. You don’t need to be musical or play an instrument to benefit.

5. Music Therapy takes place across the globe – The World Federation of Music Therapy is the international organisation for music therapy and the British Association of Music Therapy is the British organisation for music therapists.

The healing power of drama

Dramatherapy at Cambridgeshire Music started in 2018 and has quickly become an essential part of our service. Our drama therapists currently work in SEN and mainstream schools across Cambridgeshire.

Dramatherapy sessions are person-centred and focus on communication through dramatic techniques such as role play, story-telling and embodiment. It is particularly helpful for those with some verbal and physical ability who have emotional or behavioural difficulties, trauma, anxiety, or additional mental health needs. It is suitable for individuals or groups – of all ages and abilities.

Five interesting facts about Drama Therapy
1. Psychodrama as an action-based form of psychoanalysis.

2. Drama as a healing force has ancient roots in the healing rituals and dramas of various societies.

3. People of all ages can benefit from drama therapy.

4. Dramatherapy is often used when emotional trauma is too significant and difficult to manage head on.

5. You don’t need to have any experience or knowledge of drama or acting to take part and benefit.

To learn more about Music therapy please contact us by clicking on the purple button below or visit the British Association of Music Therapy website.

British Association for Music Therapy Website

For more information visit or for an informal chat, please contact us on 0345 045 1371.

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