Music Therapist

“Music is a therapy. It is a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient.” – Yehudi Menuhin

My Services

Musician

Musician, Singer, Songwriter.

Music Therapy

Registered Music Therapist

Music Teacher

Music and Guitar Teacher

About Yael

Yael is a registered Music Therapist with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and Board of Health Care Funders (BHF). She received her B.A (Honours) in Psychology and Music from the University of Albany in New York, and Masters in Music Therapy (MMUS) at the University of Pretoria

After living in the United States since the age of ten, Yael decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather) and moved back to her home country of South Africa. While living in New York, Yael worked as Director of Teen Programming at the JCC in Manhattan, a world renowned non-profit organization (NGO) located on the Upper West Side of New York City. As Director of Teen Programming, Yael served as a mentor and counselor to many students and their families. She created a diverse array of health, art and music classes to meet the needs of the community.

Yael is currently providing individual and group Music Therapy services in the Johannesburg area. Yael believes that her job as a Music Therapist is to awaken possibility in other people. Yael is committed to giving a voice to those who cannot express themselves and believes that music, when used as a means to communicate, can serve as an exceptionally powerful force for change.

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is an established health care profession in which clinically informed music and musical interventions are used by a qualified music therapist within a therapeutic relationship that develops through shared musical experiences, to optimize quality of life.

Music Therapy is used in medical, educational, rehabilitative and everyday environments to address physical, emotional, cognitive, communicative, spiritual and social needs of individuals, groups and communities. (Source: South African Music Therapy Association http://www.samta.co.za)

What are the benefits?

Music therapists use music as a therapeutic tool to assess and improve emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up. 

Examples

  • Working with children who have autism to improve communication capabilities.
  • Working with premature infants to improve sleep patterns and increase weight gain.
  • Working with people who have Parkinson’s disease to improve motor function.
  • Working with older adults to lessen the effects of dementia.
  • Working with hospitalized patients to reduce pain.
  • Working with stroke patients to help regain speech and motor function

Who is qualified?

Music Therapy falls under the HPCSA’s Board for Occupational Therapy, medical orthotics, prosthetics and Arts Therapies. The Arts Therapies include Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy. In order to legally practice in South Africa, those who call themselves Arts Therapists or call their work Arts Therapy, whether music, art, drama or dance-movement, need at least a 2-year Master’s Degree including a minimum of a 1000 hours of supervised clinical work, have to be registered with the HPCSA as an Arts Therapist and have to uphold CPD status and ethical practice.

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