Music Therapy is a new form of therapy in Cyprus. Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of musical interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. This is carried out by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program (AMTA).
Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. “Because musical participation does not depend on the ability to speak, music therapy is particularly effective for people who have difficulty communicating verbally”.
Music Therapy can be beneficial for infants, children, adolescents, adults and also the elderly. All ages can benefit from music therapy in individual or group sessions.
Music therapy can benefit people with:
- Mental disorders
- Stress related issues
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders
- Emotional and behavioral difficulties
- Learning difficulties
- Neurological problems
- Long term illnesses
- Mental Retardation
- Acquired disabilities
- Speech Impairments
- Eating disorders
- Visual and hearing impairments
Music therapy can also be employed during pregnancy, as well as with people who are in search of a medium of self-expression, personal development, and support.
Music therapists use music to help their clients achieve therapeutic goals through the development of the musical and therapeutic relationship. The role of the music therapist is not to teach clients how to play an instrument, and there is no pre-requisite to ‘be musical’ in order to engage in music therapy. Music therapists work with the natural musicality styles and genres including free improvisation to offer appropriate, sensitive and meaningful musical interaction with their clients. (BAMT)
Music can be a social process engaged in with others and it can also provide the sanctuary of a more private experience. Depending on the individual needs of the clients, music therapists offer individual or group music therapy sessions. (BAMT)
Μusic therapy is an established form of therapy in hospitals around Europe, the United States and Australia. In Cyprus music therapists work in private practice, in the mental health services of the government and in the special education area of the public sector.
In Cyprus, we need to be careful when we ask for music therapy services; music therapy is not yet a registered-licensed profession within the government so a lot of people can “pretend” that they are qualified to offer music therapy services.
Music Therapy is a scientific field and very important for the health, so only people with a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from a recognized University can apply Music Therapy and offer it in a therapeutic context.
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