Have you or a loved one experienced a recent emotional trauma or loss?
Are you or they finding it difficult to cope?
Are you or the loved one experiencing anger and frustration that is difficult to come to terms with?
Are you longing to move towards acceptance?
Emotional trauma can affect a child's social interactions and interpersonal relationship development, impair their thought process and lead to behavioural difficulties.
Childhood trauma can have a lasting impact on a child and can be associated with or linked to the death of a loved one, separation, departure of a loved one, or a change in living and social environments.
It is particularly important to monitor children following a traumatic event and note any changes from their normal behaviours which may
impact on their personality and overall development such as
physiological changes, changes in eating or sleeping habits, feelings of disorientation, panic, fear, guilt, self-blame, regret, emptiness, denial, isolation, anger, sadness or depression.
Such changes are generally indicative of an underlying regressive symptom and can negatively impact on school grades, social interaction with friends, and general interpersonal behaviour. It is not only the singular loss that is being mourned; it is often a fear of losing again or not being able to or feeling guilty about moving on.
People who have experienced a significant loss or emotional trauma may find it hard to verbally express their emotions. Music Therapy, using the non-verbal and non-intrusive medium of music, does not rely on language and can therefore assist these people in the grieving process. It can also be used to open the lines of verbal communication, once the person feels supported in doing so.
When working with children, music therapists observe the impact of the loss on a child, aiming to support them through the grieving process. Children love and respond well to music and the excitement and motivation that comes with creating music. Once engaged in the Music Therapy process, children’s outlooks change and the world becomes a better, brighter place in which to live, grow and achieve.
In Group Music Therapy participants gain mutual support by communicating a shared experience of trauma.
Research in the field has shown that Music Therapy programmes can help clients significantly reduce grief symptoms in their emotions, thoughts, physical complaints and behaviour.
Music Therapy can help:
Enhance self-expression and emotional response
Improve social/interpersonal skills
Achieve greater self-awareness
Improve self-esteem linked to participant’s creative ability
Develop effective coping strategies
Accept psychological support.
Childhood Trauma - A time for support
Emotional Trauma, Loss & Grief
How can Music Therapy help?
Music Therapy aims to promote communication and emotional expression, supporting people through the cycle of grief and move towards a place of acceptance