What we do:
Music Therapists aim to address peoples emotional, social and communication needs, with a view to reducing psychological distress and enhancing quality of life. Music therapy is based on the understanding that everyone has an innate responsiveness to music. As music is central to the communication between the therapist and the client, it can be a more accessible and helpful intervention for people of all ages who are unable to, or who have difficulty in talking about their problems or emotions. Music therapy can take place on an individual basis or in groups. Music Therapists can also provide training, consultation and supervision to staff, carers and teachers.
Who we are:
All Music Therapists employed by NHS Borders are registered with and work within the guidelines of our regulating body the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and our professional body British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT). Music Therapists are highly skilled musicians who undertake intensive postgraduate study over a number of years to be able to work with people of all ages across a diverse range of clinical settings.
Lead Music Therapist (LDS
Senior Music Therapist (CAHMS)
Music Therapists working within NHS Borders provide a service to adults with learning disabilities (Adult Learning Disability Team) and children and young people with autism or mental health difficulties (CAHMS).
Learning Disability Service (LDS)
Typical reasons for referral to music therapy include people who have experienced a range of difficulties eg. loss or bereavement, major life change, abuse, trauma, significant communication difficulties, relationship difficulties, social isolation, anxiety and depression.
Sessions take place at the central base in Galashiels or in day and residential settings across the Scottish Borders. An assessment is undertaken to assess need and responsiveness to the medium and to establish key aims for on-going therapy. Therapy sessions take place at a set time on a weekly basis.
How to access our service:
Anyone can refer directly to our service. GPs, Community Health staff, Day/Residential Services Consultants, Social Workers etc. We also accept self-referrals.
Child and Adolescent Music Therapy Service (CAMS)
Typical reasons for referral to music therapy include children/young people with significant emotional or behavioural difficulties in response eg. to trauma, bereavement, loss, sensory impairment etc; significant difficulties in developing positive relationships, communicating or interacting with others (which may include children or young people who have been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder, learning disability etc)
The Child and Adolescent Music Therapy Service is based within CAMHS and offers:
Individual and group music therapy direct intervention.
Music Therapy assessments as part of multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessments.
Training and support for education staff and parents/carers in the interactive use of music.
Sessions take place at the music therapy base in Roxburgh Street, Galashiels and in some schools and support centres. An assessment is undertaken to assess need and responsiveness to the medium and to establish key aims for on-going therapy. Therapy sessions take place at a set time on a weekly basis.
How to access our service:
Referrals can come from professionals within the CAMHS team or through ICS. ICS referrals must be discussed at a MAC meeting before the referral is made to the music therapy service.