How can music therapy help?
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy degree program. (American Music Therapy Association Definition, 2005)
A variety of populations may benefit from music therapy including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly with the following:
- mental health needs
- developmental and learning disabilities
- Alzheimer's disease and other aging related conditions
- substance abuse issues
- brain injuries
- physical disabilities
- acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor
- heightening self-awareness
- learning new ways to cope with changes in life
- processing emotions in a safe and supportive environment
- exploring new problem-solving skills
- increasing self-esteem and self-confidence
- developing social skills
- improving strategies for anger and/or stress management
- allowing feelings to emerge in a creative space
What is a session like?
A session is personalized around the needs and abilities of the client. An assessment is gathered regarding the client's emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; then sessions are designed to meet the needs with various musical interventions; treatment planning, evaluation and follow-up are ongoing. It is important for the therapy to be synthesized and goals may be generalized to settings outside of the clinic space. Based upon a client's specific needs, music therapy may be short-term for a specific issue, or lengthier, to deal with more long-term topics. Regardless, it is typical for regular sessions to occur weekly.
Who is qualified to practice music therapy?
Persons who complete an approved bachelors, equivalency, or equivalency masters college music therapy curricula (including an internship) are then eligible to sit for the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. To verify certification credentials of an individual, go to CBMT Search For Provider. Music therapists who successfully complete the independently administered examination hold the credential Music Therapist, Board Certified (MT-BC).
The National Music Therapy Registry (NMTR) serves qualified music therapy professionals with the following designations: RMT (Registered Music Therapist), CMT (Certified Music Therapist), ACMT (Advanced Certified Music Therapist). While new RMT, CMT, and ACMT designations are no longer awarded, individuals who have received and continue to maintain these designations have met accepted educational and clinical training standards and are qualified to practice music therapy.
Does Piedmont Music Therapy take insurance, and how does that work?
Some helpful questions that may be asked include the following:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Are therapy sessions confidential?
We work towards receiving your trust. Upon receiving music therapy services, you will be provided with a confidential disclosure agreement or informed consent.
Collaborating with other members pertinent to your health or school setting is important. I will work with you to have written permission to contact such credentialed people (for example your Speech-Language Pathologist, Guidance Counselor, or Physician).
Please be aware that state law and professional ethics (from the American Music Therapy Association and of the National Association of Social Workers) require that confidentiality is breached for the following reasons:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders
- Potential danger towards harming oneself or another individual.
Where are the services located?
Our main location is PMT Clinic @220 Westinghouse Boulevard, Suite 402 in Charlotte, NC. Services are also made more accessible and convenient to clients and students by being provided in agencies, companies, schools, offices and clinics in York and Mecklenburg Counties of the Carolinas.
If a setting was not listed, please notify Piedmont Music Therapy about accommodating your location.