Do I HAVE to play music?

No you don’t. Sessions may or may not involve music making or listening. The sessions are flexible and follow the needs of you the client on any given day. If you need to talk, to process or to listen to music or simple to sit quietly, feeling supported, that is fine.

Do I need to be able to play an instrument?

No prior musical experience or training is needed to benefit from music therapy. All instruments can be played intuitively and spontaneously.

Do you offer a sliding scale?

Yes. We offer a sliding scale to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Do you take insurance?

Yes. We currently accept Cigna behavioral Health Insurance.

Insurance plans offering Out of Network Mental or Behavioral Health benefits may reimburse part or all of the cost of therapy. Clients are responsible for playing for therapy in full and then submitting their own claims to the insurance provider. Some assistance will be provided upon request.

I am a professional musician. Can I benefit too?

Yes. The stress and anxiety that often go hand in hand with career in music can be addressed in music therapy. Music therapy can provide an opportunity for the serious musician who may have lost their love/enjoyment of music to reconnect with the medium and explore making music in a new light.

 

What happens in a session?

Each session is catered to the specific needs of the client. Sessions often involve elements of talk therapy combined with and illuminated by musical interventions. Music improvisation, listening, song writing and recording may all be used. No prior musical experience is needed as all musical elements take place in a exploratory, safe atmosphere where there are no “right” or “wrong” notes, only a process. Comparing to art, musical improvisation is more like making marks on a page as opposed to drawing a landscape.

What qualification do you have?

Our music therapists have master’s degrees, are board certified and are New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCAT).

Robin Mitch Mitchell also holds certification in the advance (post-master’s) training of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy (Level 1).

Where do the sessions take place?

Session take place at our studio at 67 West Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Just a 5 minute walk from the Greenpoint Avenue subway. Home visits are also available for people physically unable to come to the studio.

Who goes to music therapy?

Anyone can benefit from music therapy and the opportunity to grow through working on issues, developing confidence and increasing self-esteem. Music therapists work with people across the lifespan from neonates to people at end of life.