Whole Step CIC was established in 2015 in Reading for the purpose of promoting the benefits of Music Therapy to the local community and expanding the availability of Music Therapy services across the borough. As a non-profit organisation, our mission is to provide affordable therapy to all people in need of our services.
In 2020 we decided to expand our services to reach more people, more often. We now offer online therapy services to all ages in addition to in-person sessions.
Music therapy is a recognised health profession in the UK and in many countries worldwide. All UK therapists are educated at a master’s level and are certified with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Our therapists are required to have enhanced DBS (criminal record) checks, personal indemnity insurance, and targeted safeguarding training.
It is a psychological creative therapy that promotes verbal and non-verbal communication and supports social and emotional development.
Music Therapy is offered to individuals or in small groups of up to four people. Sessions can be 30–50 minutes long, depending on the client’s needs.
Here are some things you can expect to happen in a Music Therapy session:
The therapist is a trained musician and will use music to facilitate the sessions, but the clients do not need any musical experience.
Music uses the same techniques that we use everyday for building relationships - listening, turn-taking, sharing, and using eye contact.
That’s why people of all ages and abilities can make music!
Music Therapy can have a positive impact on:
We accept referrals from:
Please contact us if you would like to make a referral. You will receive a free telephone consultation with a therapist, and we will send you a Welcome Pack with all the necessary paperwork to proceed. In most instances, we will offer you an assessment period of 5 weeks to see how the client engages with the therapy, after which you can sign up for blocks of 10 sessions.
Most clients attend Music Therapy for 15–30 sessions, depending on their needs.
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You can cancel your subscription at any time, and the confirmation you receive when subscribing will include a link to enable you to do this quickly and simply.
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