Music therapists are employed in a variety of clinical areas and settings including health care facilities, hospitals, hospices, day treatment facilities, schools, community programs, correctional centres, substance abuse and addiction centres, long term care facilities, with disability or early childhood, and private practice.
Therapy is used in the form of small or large group settings or one-on-one individual sessions with clients of any age, ability and musical background and some examples include:
Acquired Brain Injury, Autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Speech and Language Impairments, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Geriatric Care, Palliative Care, Critical Care, Neonatal Care, Obstetrics, Oncology, Pain Control, AIDS, Emotional Traumas, Mental Health, Personal Growth, Substance Abuse, Teens at Risk, and Victims of Abuse.
Lauren has an eclectic approach that is humanistic and creative music centered. There is focus on the use of musical language and nonverbal musical communication as well as the importance of the client-therapist relationship. Interactions and trust between the client(s) and therapist is crucial for genuine and personal music-making to occur. Although structure and form, in the means of short and long term goals for each client, can be in place during sessions, the therapy must revolve around the process for the client, giving them freedom to be the guide.