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We all know that life can be overwhelming, you may have hit a rough spot or feel like you are treading water. 

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Music therapy is where the elements of music are used to meet a specific therapeutic goal or objectives. 


Music based interventions could help you process some of life's daily challenges or help you reconnect with a part of you that may feel lost. 


I am an accredited music therapist (MTA/MT-BC) in good standing with the CAMT/CBMT. 

My therapeutic approach is person-centered and based in a humanistic perspective. I encourage your involvement and participation within a music-centred framework. 


Trust, empathy and positive regard for your needs are the cornerstones of my therapeutic approach. 


You have autonomy in shaping how your wellness journey evolves. I am here to support you in your journey of discovery and growth.

 

FLEUR HUGHES  

Accredited Music Therapist (MMT, MTA, MT-BC)

My name is Fleur and I completed my Master's degree at the University of West England (UWE) in 2015.

I am originally from South-Africa and grew up in Johannesburg. I love travelling and that led me to the UK, where I lived  for 11 years, before coming to Canada in 2014.

I joined the British Army in 2006 and in 2009-2010 I completed a tour to Aghanistan. While on tour, I noticed some of the effects of PTSD and trauma. It was during this time that I wondered "how might music have therapeutic benefits in managing and treating mental health?". I left the army in 2011 and pursued my new career as a music therapist.

I am passionate how music therapy can be used to improve mental health and maintain physical or emotional wellbeing. 


Perhaps you feel you cannot express yourself verbally or require a more creative or interactive method of therapy. 


As an advocate for our profession, I have presented at various conferences and symposiums. These include:

  • The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) conference (2020)

  • Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT) (2017 and 2019)

  • Canadian Mental health Association "We are Stronger" Conference (2018)


I volunteer on the board  of our provincial association (MTAA) serving as the ethics director.  

 
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What is Music Therapy?

The Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT) defines Music Therapy as:


"Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals (MTA*) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains."

No prior musical experience or ability to play instruments is required to take part in sessions. I work with your most innate creativity and musicality.


I provide a range of musical instruments: melodic (keyboard, flute, giutar), tuned (xylephone, bells) and un-tuned percussion (rhythm sticks, ocean-drum, bodrahn, shakers).



Technology, assistive or communication devices can be incorporated into sessions if required.

Receptive and active music based approaches may include:

  • Improvisation

  • Singing

  • Song-Writing

  • Drumming

  • Lyric-Analysis

  • Instrumental Playing

  • Music for Self-Care

  • Music for Pain and Stress

  • Creating personalized playlists (for sleep, lullabies, relaxation)

  • Music Technology (App based)

  • Adapted piano or flute lessons


Non music therapy approaches may be incorporated into sessions for example mindfulness, DBT or motivational interviewing.

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What Mental Health Services does Music Therapy 42  provide?

  • Child, adolescent and adult services.

  • Individual or small group music centred counselling sessions.

  • Experience with for/non profit organisations, educational settings, community  organisations and  indigenous communities.

  • Flexible payment plans.

  • Workshops, consultation or presentations (corporate wellness, conferences, PD days).

  • Clinical supervision for music therapists or interns.

  • Mobile service and Online Sessions available. 


I have worked with people experiencing:


- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

- Trauma

- Life Transitions

- Anxiety

- Recovery from Substance Misuse

- Grief or Loss

- Depression

- Mood and Regulation Management,

- Chronic Pain

- Stress

- Attachment issues.

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Useful Resources and Information

Voices: A world Forum in Music Therapy:

https://www.voices.no/index.php/voices

The Association of Counseling Therapy of Alberta:

https://www.acta-alberta.ca/

Canadian Association for Music Therapists:

https://www.musictherapy.ca/?
  

The Certification Board for Music Therapists:

https://www.cbmt.org/

 
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Take the first step, reach out.


I am happy to answer any questions that you may have.

During our initial consult we will discuss:

  • Developing a bespoke plan for you.

  • Therapeutic goals or objectives you may want to achieve. 

  • I will inform you about the therapeutic process in more detail.

  • Which interventions would benefit you most. 


I look forward to hearing from you. 


403.866.3072

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