"We have such a deep connection to music because it is ‘hardwired’ in our brains and bodies. The elements of music – rhythm, melody, etc. – are echoed in our physiology, functioning and being"
Barbara Else, Music Therapist, Researcher & Policy Advisor
Rhythm of Life Therapies is a small family-run business founded and wholly run by Andy and Esther Evans. Andy is an HCPC Registered clinical music therapist. Esther is a specialist teacher, therapeutic mentor and business manager.
Our therapy centre is based in Narberth, Pembrokeshire and has good road and rail links. It is the first purposefully designed Music Therapy Centre in West Wales and features
Accessible ground floor
Dedicated areas for one to one and group therapy
Space for training up to 15 adults
Welcoming, adaptable space to match participant’s needs
What is music therapy?
Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention, which is delivered by HCPC registered music therapists. Music therapy can help people by supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs.
Who might benefit from music therapy?
Everyone! Music is a universal language that crosses nationalities, abilities, cultures and generations. It is accessible to all. Music is emotive and weaved into our lives with every breath we take, every beat of our hearts and every step we tread. Music forms the rhythm of life. Music is unique in it's ability to access all areas of the brain. Consequently, Music therapy has many effective applications.
Music Therapy is especially beneficial for people who have difficulty with verbal communication. Whether through illness, brain injury, trauma, mental health or communication disorder. Andy specialises in working with people with PTSD, dementia and mental health issues.
Music Therapy can be delivered in one to one, group or family sessions. All programmes are person centred and bespoke to the participants needs.
Music Therapy at Rhythm of Life
A Happier, Healthier You
Music therapists work with the power of music to communicate and to change lives. Here at Rhythm of Life Therapies we use instruments, voice, sound-making and songs to build a trusting therapeutic relationship and create a safe space where issues can be explored with the support of the therapist.
You do not need to be a musician to benefit from music therapy. The therapeutic process happens within the shared music making and exploration of sound. To find out more please get in touch, our details are in the contact us page.
Community Music at Rhythm of Life
Connecting people through music
What is the difference between Community Music and Music Therapy?
Community music is generally a group based activity. In most cases the group leader directs the music making and although this can be a shared therapeutic experience, it is not a psychological intervention that explores unconscious processes.
One of our current community music projects is Musical Memories - a group singalong designed for elderly residents in care homes.
If you are interested in finding out more about what community music services we can offer, please contact us, we'll be glad to help.
Other services at Rhythm of Life
Here For You
specialised music tuition for ALN & AMH
presentations/ illustrated talks
skills training in therapeutic uses of music for carers and educators.
For more details of these services or if you want to discuss other projects please call or email us - our details are on the contact us page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
Our rates vary according to the type of session, whether individual or group; the length of the session and the level of clinical assessment required. However, a typical individual session costs £55. If you are interested in workshops or other projects please contact us to discuss your requirements.
How long does each therapy session take?
Therapy sessions are structured to suit each individual and the therapist will judge the appropriate session duration at the initial assessment and review this at each meeting. Typically, sessions are about an hour.
Who can make referrals for music therapy?
We take referrals from GP's and other medical professionals, teachers and carers. We also take referrals from family members and self-referrals. If you think you or someone you know could benefit from music therapy, please get in touch.
Where does therapy session take place?
Most of our music therapy sessions take place in the therapy room in our therapy centre in Narberth. However, we do offer a visiting service to schools, care homes, NHS settings and other agencies. Home visits are only considered in exceptional cases.