D had a stroke a few years ago, has diabetes and some mental health challenges. These are her own words to describe how her music therapy sessions with Carmem are helping her.
“The music therapy sessions have really helped my well-being. I’ve had such lovely support from my therapist – she’s been warm and is always welcoming. It’s been my special time for me and I’ve really treasured each week. I’ve been able to use music to manage my feelings, and I’ve found that I can express myself through making music.
When I’m not in the session I can remember what we’ve done and use the techniques I’ve learnt to take away negative feelings that enter my thoughts. The sessions have given me a real sanctuary for me. I’ve also been able to improve my physical abilities and strength by playing both hands on the piano.
I’m now fulfilling a dream of mine in my own time as I’m starting to play both hands together on the piano, and have bought by first piano book! It’s made me feel marvellous, joyous and spiritual too”.