Hello, my name is Hilary and I will be offering music therapy sessions through Thriving Autistic. Music therapy is an interactive, creative psychological therapy and could help you with exploring emotions and personal identity, accessing and processing memories, developing self-confidence and a sense of creativity, and increasing your general sense of wellbeing. You don’t need any musical experience at all: music therapy is about personal expression, not musical skill. Many people find music very powerful for expressing feelings and thoughts which might be difficult or impossible to put into words.
I’ll gently encourage you to join in with the music, but there is always an option to listen to me play, if you would prefer, as well as an opportunity to talk about your thoughts and feelings. Every music therapy session is unique and personal, but could include musical improvisation, familiar songs, musical games, song-writing or relaxing to music. The sessions will always move at your pace, designed around what you would prefer to do and experience.
I am very excited to be working for Thriving Autistic, who share so many of my personal values around autism and neurodivergence. I trained as a music therapist after over a decade working as a music teacher and performer, graduating in 2019 with an MA in Music Therapy (with distinction) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I live in North Wales and have experience of working with many varied people in music therapy, both through larger organisations such as Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and the Methodist Homes Association and on a freelance basis. I practice music therapy from a person-centred and neurodiversity-affirmative perspective, having both personal and professional experience of neurodivergence. Music has always been a special interest of mine and I play a number of instruments including flute, violin, piano, guitar and crwth (Welsh bowed lyre), as well as singing.
Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to talk about trying some music therapy.