“I am interested in music therapy and am looking for a music therapist. Where do I start?”
Here are 5 things that are important to consider when looking for a music therapist:
1. Credentialed Professional (MTA)
It is important to understand that music therapy is not the same as music entertainment or music education. While music is a common medium between these 3 categories, music therapy focuses on clinical, non-musical goals. As a result, it is important to find a music therapist who holds the professional credential of Music Therapist Accredited (MTA). A professional with this credential will have completed a degree in music therapy, a clinical internship program, and successful completion of the board examination for music therapy. Music therapists often have background knowledge in psychology and client populations, as well as clinical musicianship skills, in which a music therapist is trained to use music intentionally in order to support clinical aims and objectives.
2. Geographical Location
In addition to finding a credentialed professional (MTA), it is important to consider a music therapist who is available to provide services in your geographical region. Cornerstone Music Therapy provides music therapy services in York Region and the GTA. If you are unsure of whether or not Cornerstone Music Therapy services are provided in your area, please refer to the contact page to submit a referral form and/or questions.
3. Client-Therapist Relationship
The client-therapist relationship is a significant factor in the therapeutic process. Building therapeutic rapport is a gradual process that takes time and intention, as with any other human relationship. As a clinician, I aim to learn about my clients’ needs, abilities, and preferences through assessment, which is an ongoing process! Through assessment, I am not only able to learn more about my clients’ needs and abilities, but I am able to continually reevaluate and modify (when appropriate) the aims and objectives that are established.
4. Ask Questions
It is also important to ask questions! As a growing field, I am passionate about informing professionals and communities about the field of music therapy. If you have any questions, please refer to the about music therapy page or FAQs for more information, or contact me with any outstanding questions.
5. Be Patient
Lastly, when looking for a music therapist, it is important to understand that the therapeutic process of training and working towards clinical goals is an ongoing process. It is important to note that progress can look different for each individual. Therapy, as with any other area of growth in life, is a journey with ups and downs.