As a Neurologic Music Therapist I work with many clients who have a neurological condition such as Brain Injury, Stroke, Muscular Dystrophy and Autism. Using scientifically validated techniques as well as my wide clinical skills and knowledge I address a variety of communication, physical, cognitive and emotional issues that people with a neurological condition face.

Our practice and team of expert therapists provide individualised holistic care that focuses on supporting both the client and their carers through a program of health and healing.
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We are passionate about using music in a structured, evidence-based and holistic way to address rehabilitation and recovery needs. Our services provide optimise brain health following an acquired brain injury or stroke. We keep in mind each individuals long-term needs and goals when creating holistic and tailored music therapy programs.

Using a rehabilitation orientated therapy approach, we can address communication, cognition, movement, sensory regulation, social skills, emotional regulation needs and goals.

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We provide a holistic approach to care encompassing the clients, families, and health practitioners needs and goals. Using standardised assessment tools and measures we address recovery and rehabilitation following a stroke in areas of cognition, movement/mobility, communication, sensory regulation, social skills and emotional regulation.

We are passionate about using music in an engaging, interactive way whilst targeting long-term and short-term client-directed goals.

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Fun and engaging age appropriate programs that address the needs and goals of each individual.

Using a variety of exercises and activities, music therapy can address communication, cognition, sensory regulations, social skills, emotional regulation and movement.

Bethany Best & Associates is a Helping Children With Autism service provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect to do in a session?

Each session will involve some music making, participation and engagement. The activities used are centred on addressing the therapeutic goal and therefore we use a variety of instruments, pre-recorded and live, original music, sensory items and other music and non-music therapy tools. So sometimes sessions involve very active music participation whilst other sessions involve more passive music participation - it really just depends upon the goals being addressed.


Do I have to be musical to benefit from music therapy?

Not at all. Music therapy works to address non-musical goals through the use of music. There is no prerequisite or need for any musical aptitude, talent or background. It is not about how you perform musically but how the music helps you perform functionally.

How long is a sessions?

We offer a variety of session durations to suit the needs of each of our clients - we keep in mind their levels of fatigue and overall capacity to engage within therapy when we determine how long sessions need to be in order to achieve long-term goals. Having said that, we generally operate on a 30-40minute therapy session. We do offer 15 minute, 30, 45 and 60 minute sessions.

What programs that you offer?

Our programs generally are written with each client and their carers for a period of 12 weeks. Over the years we have found that a 12 week program provides just the right amount of time for initial assessment, focussed therapy and then re-assessment sessions. This is not a hard-fast rule as we need to be adaptable to meet our clients needs but 12 week program is what we generally offer our clients. Depending on the need, it may be recommended to have more or less than a therapy session per week.

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