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Waves Music Therapy – Making connections through music2021-11-30T17:26:05+00:00

Welcome to Waves Music Therapy

Waves Music Therapy are a team of experienced, registered music therapists who work across the county of West Sussex. We support any person with any need to access creative therapeutic support.

“Our mission is to ensure that music therapy is accessible to everyone. We are committed to ensuring that there are no barriers to accessing our service and we work hard to raise funds to support our beneficiaries to access our life changing therapeutic services.”

In 2021 we became a charity (No. 1194782)

Music therapy supports social, emotional, communication, mental health, learning and physical needs. Using music is an effective means of making connections with other people and powerfully encourages self expression without needing to translate feelings into words.

The settings where we work

Neo-Natal

Neo-Natal

Music therapy is used in neonatal wards to encourage soothing for babies, regulating of heartbeats, decreased anxiety, pain management, increased wellness and bonding with parents and nursing staff.

Early intervention

Early intervention

Music Therapy greatly encourages early learning such as play, vocalising, sharing and focus and can support academic and social and emotional growth

Early years work

Early years work

“Creative self expression offered in an interactive therapeutic environment can support many aspects of emotional, cognitive and physical development.”- BAMT

Mainstream work

Mainstream work

Music therapy is an appropriate intervention for all and in mainstream work music therapists offer a particularly powerful way for children to engage in therapy that bypasses the need to translate feelings into words. Music therapy is engaging, enticing, creative and an effective way to explore and process feelings.

Autism

Autism

Music therapy can be a powerful way for children on the Autistic Spectrum to connect, communicate and play. Music therapy is child-led and the therapist uses their music to meet the child where they are, join them and encourage play.

Family Work

Family Work

Family Music therapy offers a space to play together, supported by the therapist, and there is no expectation of musical skill. It is a space where we come together playfully to hear one another.

SEMH

SEMH

Music therapy encourages positive development in social, emotional and psychological health and wellbeing.

Profound Needs

Profound Needs

Music reaches people, it offers opportunity to engage, to have a voice, to experience effective self expression and to connect. No musical skill is required to engage in music therapy and the therapist uses their music to reach people and encourage positive relationships.

Complex Trauma

Complex Trauma

Music therapy offers a safe and structured space where the non-threatening, non-verbal means of communication and play is through music. Music is naturally inviting and the therapists are highly trained in offering long-term, accessible therapy to those who will benefit from a safe space to explore and process difficult feelings in a healthy, consistent therapeutic relationship.

Forensic

Forensic

Bypassing the need for words, music therapy can offer a non threatening means of forming good, healthy therapeutic relationships.

Songwriting

Songwriting

A song can be a safe container for words that are too raw to speak. A music therapist will help weave a complex story into a simple refrain, held in sound.

Hospital Work

Hospital Work

Music can help to reduce stress and anxiety, it can even alleviate pain. Music therapy sessions can be accessed on the ward in open groups, or bedside work with individuals.

Dementia

Dementia

Music accesses different parts of the brain than language, so music can be used to communicate or engage with someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, even if they no longer speak or respond to other people’s words.

Addiction Treatment Centres

Addiction Treatment Centres

Many addicts discover that music-making allows them to be fully present – they come to find that losing themselves in music is more beneficial that some of the other coping strategies they have relied on in the past.

Palliative & end of life care

Palliative & end of life care

Music Therapy is the ‘active total care of patients’ and involves ‘the use of sounds and music within an evolving relationship between client and therapist to support and encourage physical, mental, social, spiritual and emotional well-being.’- British Medical Journal

COVID-19

COVID-19

During the pandemic, we have been able to reach clients through a variety of mediums, including video platforms and phone. Funding bags of instruments to lend out to clients, music therapy has kept connections going and provided a link between people right through the most difficult times.

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