Ep. 7: Music, empathy and connection: Music therapy with young people experiencing homelessness

How can music therapy support a person to feel empathy and social connection?

And why is this important for a person's health and wellbeing?

As always, we believe that it is the stories that best communicate what it is that we do as registered music therapists, so in this episode, you'll hear a story from Asami's work that highlights how music was used to communicate, connect and collaborate with a young person in crisis. 

Asami currently spends the majority of her working week at a crisis access point for young people between the ages of 13 - 24 who are either experiencing, or at-risk of homelessness. The young people she works with often present with a complex array of physical, social, psychological and emotional needs and Asami believes that music therapy can play a role in encouraging young people to step out of their cycle of trauma or pain, and perhaps even to experience their reality in a different way.

"...you have to help them feel empathy, so to help them to see that they're not alone in the world...if there's that medium of music there, it's almost a metaphor, like, "you play so loudly, as if I'm not even here"...it's an easy way to bounce those ideas..."