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Benefits of Music Therapy include:

Anxiety and stress reduction.
Positive changes in mood and emotional states.
Maintenance of unimpaired cognitive functions.
Memory recall, which contributes to reminiscence and satisfaction.


Music Therapy

Music moves us. It’s one of the most instinctive ways we have of expressing ourselves – watch a small child respond to music and you’ll see how fundamental it is. Music therapy uses this deep and universal emotive response to provide a form of therapy that can help people express and manage difficult emotions.


The Dorset Music Therapy Service is the result of a love of music and a passion for helping all individuals with a variety of mental health and rehabilitive needs. The service users include children, adolescents and adults.


To find out more, please get in touch.

Close up of an acoustic guitar
A woman playing the flute
A keyboard with headphones resting on the keys

What is Music Therapy?

  • Music therapy is an established clinical intervention which uses the unique qualities of sound and music to support and encourage physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing.

  • It can benefit people of all ages and ability and is particularly effective for somebody who finds it difficult to communicate verbally.

  • Music therapists are trained at postgraduate Master’s level, receive regular clinical supervision, continuous professional development and are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council to ensure rigorous high standards of practice and professionalism.

What does a Music Therapist do?

  • After an initial assessment, we start by simply 'being' with a person and getting to know them, whilst exploring various avenues of music and means in which they can communicate. It really doesn’t matter if you can’t play!

  • It’s about establishing a safe therapeutic relationship founded on trust in which a person can express him or herself, rekindle their sense of identity and self-esteem, and strengthen their confidence and motivation.

  • People with more challenging communication needs may require a different approach and through our improvised musical interventions we try to reflect their non-verbal communication and body language.

A drum kit

Get in touch

For more information about the music therapy we provide, contact Dorset Music Therapy Service today. Complete the form below and we’ll be in touch.

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