Art & Music Therapy

Art and music each have their own expressive forms and both offer opportunities to uncover and express important feelings that may often feel ‘beyond words’.

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Art therapy and music therapy have been an important part of the specialist psychosocial care provided by Sobell House for over 30 years. Our therapists work with individuals and families using creative approaches that can help to reduce discomfort and distress.

Art therapy

Art and music each have their own expressive forms and both offer opportunities to uncover and express important feelings that may often feel ‘beyond words’.

Art therapy can be an opportunity to consider feelings, thoughts and ideas. Making art and talking with the art therapist can help patients consider any aspect of their life either past or present. Sometimes it can just be helpful to enjoy the possibility of using art materials. You do not have to be artistic and art therapy can suit someone with no experience of art making as well as someone with many years of experience.

As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our art therapist Rose has put together some resources for art activities that can be done at home. You can find these resources here

Music therapy

Music plays an important part in our everyday lives and it can be calming or exciting, joyful or poignant. It can also provide a powerful link to memories and emotions that might be difficult to put into words. As an evidence based practice music therapy can also provide a highly effective approach towards the treatment of anxiety and depression. To benefit from music therapy patients do not have to be musical. By working with our therapist they can explore a number of approaches to suit them, which may include song writing that might help to share important information or create lifelong legacies.

Mark’s Story

Mark used his music therapy sessions to record story books for his son.