Bringing music to life.
Music Therapy uses the elements of music - rhythm, tempo, volume, pitch, melody and harmony - to access innate responses in individuals. As an individual listens to music specifically selected and presented by an accreditted music therapist, the individual will respond in a variety of ways, often including toe or finger tapping, clapping, dancing, singing, humming, laughing and/or crying. Sometimes, songs may evoke memories or emotions which can then be discussed and processed with the help of the music therapist. These responses can help an individual connect with him/herself, with family members, with friends, with peers, with his/her environment, and with his/her emotions in a way unmatched by other means.
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About Music Therapy
How Does It Work?
Working as part of a professional team or privately with families, the music therapist uses the motivating power of music to help individuals attain a wide variety of goals. Often used in conjunction with physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy, the music therapy treatment plan can simultaneously target many focus areas.
The music therapist conducts an initial assessment within the first few sessions. From this assessment and from consultation with other professional team members and family (if desired and/or available), a music therapy treatment plan is developed. This treatment plan is focused yet flexible, allowing for each individual's preferences, pace, and progress.
Who Can Benefit From Music Therapy?
Preschool and school aged children with special needs including:
Adults and adolescents with mental health and/or physical needs
Adults and seniors with Alzheimer's Disease
Seniors with cognitive, physical, social, and emotional needs
Hospice/Palliative Care patients and their families
Individuals recovering from addiction
Groups looking for teambuilding activities
And many more...
About Cristin Bostrom
Cristin Bostrom is an energetic and caring Music Therapist who holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT) from Capilano University. She also holds the Music Therapist Accredited (MTA) designation from the Canadian Association for Music Therapy.
Since 2004, Cristin has been working with seniors in residential care facilities, adults and seniors with Alzheimer's Disease, children and adolescents with cognitive and physical disabilities, typical children, hospice patients, adults with disabilities, and as a facilitator for music-based team building workshops. Cristin is a guitarist, pianist, and singer with a background in performing and songwriting.
She is a member of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and is an active member with the Music Therapy Association of British Columbia.