Music therapy and mental health problems

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK. We can help people experiencing a range of mental health problems to live well through the specialist use of music.

How can Nordoff Robbins music therapy help?

Experiencing a mental health problem can be very isolating, affecting a person’s personality, thought processes and social interactions. Music therapy can have a significant positive impact on those living with a mental health problem by offering a creative outlet that can encourage positive change. Our highly skilled music therapists work with people of all ages, individually and in groups, to help overcome obstacles linked to mental health problems.

Nordoff Robbins music therapy provides a safe space that can help aid meaningful communication, offer a platform for expression, reduce isolation and encourage social interaction – boosting confidence and self esteem. The benefits of our music therapy can be very important for people who might otherwise struggle to find meaning, relate to others and express their creativity.

Music therapy for people with mental health problems

How is Nordoff Robbins music therapy delivered? 

All our music therapists have successfully graduated from an accredited UK postgraduate training course. Our Master of Music Therapy programme is validated by Goldsmiths, University of London, and our therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. We tailor our music therapy services to focus on the individual needs of the people we support, and the organisations we work with.

We adopt a tailor-made approach, and our therapists ensure that our music therapy meets the needs of the people and organisations we work with, to facilitate positive outcomes for them. Nordoff Robbins music therapy takes the form of group or individual sessions at our centres or in the organisations we work with, structured around the needs of the individual or group of people. Using a range of instruments, including the voice, our highly skilled therapists will engage people in an improvised, shared music making experience. Our therapists listen carefully and sensitively respond in music, allowing individuals to develop their own expressive, musical language. We aim to enhance the whole musical life of an organisation, and our therapists often plan inclusive musical events and groups, enriching the wellbeing of everyone around them.

I’ve got some control back and the life I’m living now thanks to that—well, it’s full of music and it’s amazing. I feel lucky.

– Beneficiary living with mental health challenges

How to refer someone for music therapy

Our mission is to provide music therapy to anyone whose quality of life could be improved by it.

If you think that you, a family member or someone you care for could benefit from music therapy, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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