I founded Music Therapy London after more than twenty years as a full time singer/songwriter living, writing and performing in London. Although I have loved making music all my life I began to feel a real desire to develop my musical skills in a way that would connect to people in a more direct and meaningful way. With this in mind, I completed a BSc in Psychology in 2005 and an MA in Psychodynamic Music Therapy in 2010.
Now, as a practising music therapist, I have become acutely aware that many of those who would benefit from music therapy are unable to do so for numerous reasons: being housebound or unable to travel due to anxiety, illness, disability or simple logistics. Also, some people can find the typical clinical setting of therapy sessions stressful and inhibiting.
In light of this I began offering therapy to clients in their own homes, or more familiar environments such as day-care centres and specialist schools. My willingness to be flexible and adapt to my clients’ surroundings, instead of them to mine, has meant that the people I work with are more relaxed and therefore able to connect and express themselves far more readily. I also gain valuable insight into their daily life experiences, and this allows me to tailor my work in a way that is unique and appropriate to each individual. A client-centred approach such as this provides pleasure, choice, independence and empowerment to people who often have very little control in their lives.
Melanie Garside BSc (Hons), MA.
What we do
We work with individuals and groups, covering:
- Learning disabilities
- Neurological and physical disabilities
- Dementia and elderly issues
- Mental health issues
- Communication disorders
- Autistic spectrum disorder
- Terminal illness or bereavement
- Adolescence issues
- Emotional and behavioural difficulties
- Post-partum and bonding issues
- People’s homes
- Residential care homes
- Day care centres
- Sheltered accommodation
- Assisted living spaces
- Specialist schools
Music Therapy can improve the quality of life and wellbeing:
- Increasing creativity, confidence and self-esteem
- Improving social and communication skills
- Helping people to manage emotional problems
- Unlocking potential, pleasure and ability