“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."
ABOUT THERAPEUTIC SONGWRITING
What is Therapeutic Songwriting?
Therapeutic Songwriting is a unique form of music therapy that enables children and adults to process their thoughts, emotions and life situations through words and music in order to journey towards wellbeing.
When a person engages with the therapeutic songwriting process the resultant song is honest, revealing, healing and often opens pathways towards positive change.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Jungian psychology suggests there are four stages along the therapeutic journey: Confession - accepting the truth of a situation, presenting problem or condition. Elucidation - enabling the root causes of these presenting problems/conditions to have a voice. Education - working with the therapist to seek potential ways forward. Transformation - helping each individual engage in a new relationship with their past, present and potential future. Music and songwriting is used as the enabling medium to allow this process to develop at a pace that is right for each person.
I began Therapeutic Songwriting in 1992 whilst working in a Romanian orphanage. I later trained as a Play Therapist and now specialise in Therapeutic Songwriting and Jungian Sandtray and am an associate lecturer at the University of the West of England in Mental Health.
As well as facilitating therapy sessions at my private practice I also train Music and Play Therapists in Therapeutic Songwriting techniques in the UK and abroad.