FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is music therapy right for me?
WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
An Evidence-Based Approach to Wellness through Music
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) defines music therapy as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Through listening to, composing, improvising, or re-creating music together, the music therapist can work with clients to identify, establish, and pursue personal goals of a cognitive, emotional, physical, social, or spiritual nature.
WHO DO YOU CURRENTLY SERVE?
Adults and teenagers who need support dealing with difficult emotions and experiences.
DO I HAVE TO BE A MUSICIAN TO BE IN MUSIC THERAPY?
NO! Many people I have worked with have no musical experience and don't even like to sing in the shower. This has had no impact on their level of benefit from music therapy. You only need to be open to the experience that I provide.
IS MUSIC THERAPY RIGHT FOR ME?
The only two people on the planet who can answer this question definitively for you personally are you and your potential music therapist. With that said, we can get a general idea of if Richmond Music Therapy might be a great fit if you are open to a new experience, love music, and identify with any of the following: a desire to connect to your creativity, want to decrease stress, symptoms of anxiety or depression, difficult emotions, feel "stuck" in some aspect of your life, or feel isolated in some way from others....
WHAT GROUPS DO YOU OFFER FOR TEENAGERS?
I typically separate teens by middle and high school ages. Groups are possible for: Support for LGBTQ+; Stress/Anxiety, Depression, Grief...
WHAT GROUPS DO YOU OFFER ADULTS?
Grief, anxiety, stress...