Music Therapy or Counselling?
28th March 2019
Music Therapy or Counselling? How do you know which one to choose?
People may wonder why they should choose music therapy instead of traditional therapy such as counselling. There are many reasons as to why music therapy may benefit you or a loved one…and many reasons why counselling might be a better fit. We’re not going to say that one is ‘better’ than the other, so here’s a bit of information about both, and you can decide which is best for you!
In music therapy, music is the main way we communicate, where as in counselling even though other tools maybe used, talking is the main tool, which can be inaccessible for people who are unable to use words. That doesn’t just mean that you don’t/can’t speak physically…maybe finding the words to express how you’re feeling just seems impossible. It can be a big ask to tell a stranger everything…and maybe music makes the process a little less intense.
A music therapist works with the client to encourage and empower you to play, communicate and express yourself, maybe work on some physical difficulties or to help your brain to function more efficiently, concentration and memory for example (according to the specific needs of each individual client), while looking at your goals and helping you to reach them in the best possible way. In comparison, a counsellor works with the client to enable you to obtain assistance in exploring or resolving specific issues of an interpersonal or personal nature, but doesn’t address the same varied domains. If there’s just one issue you want to work on, and you’re happy to talk about it, counselling might fit better, but if there’s a lot going on, or additional disabilities or issues, it might be just too hard to access.
Through musical involvement in music therapy, your abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of your life. Through verbal counselling, you might be able to pinpoint, overcome and cope with specific or ongoing issues that impact your life psychologically.
Music therapy has been proven to help with depression, anxiety, stress and pain management, as well as to boost brain function, increase concentration, support motor rehabilitation and many more factors. Music therapy is a health profession, a protected title and is all research based. Although there are some incredible counsellors out there, the scary fact is that you still don’t actually need any qualifications to be a counsellor, and nothing is research based. Again, it doesn’t mean avoid counselling, it just means be picky about who you choose if you think that verbal therapy is the best fit for you!
If you’d like to know more about how music therapy can help you or someone you know, or you want to know more about the services MusAbility offer then contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org