Music Therapy

YMCA residents are now able to access weekly music therapy sessions on site in Penzance, delivered by MusicAbility Community Interest Company in partnership with Cornwall Community Therapy Trust.

Sound Support: Sound Time: Sound Space – YOUR musical journey
A music therapy group to increase social and life engagement, supporting mental health and expressive needs.

Music therapists work across a broad spectrum of need in a wide variety of settings to enable young people to:

  • explore and express thoughts and feeling
  • nurture social interaction and communication skills
  • encourage creative and spontaneous play
  • develop concentration and co-ordination
  • increase awareness of themselves and others
  • boost self esteem and build resilience
  • stimulate language and listening skills
  • strengthen family and peer relationships

MusicAbility’s music therapy programme embraces the unique and life-enhancing potential of music and sound to enable psychological, social and/or physical improvements to health.
Our therapists are qualified and registered allied health professionals.


Cornwall Music Therapy Trust is a charity which, through partnership schemes, supports those suffering from mental or physical illness, those living with disabilities or with emotional or behavioural problems, or those in need of rehabilitation as a result of such illness, by the provision of music therapy.


What happens in music therapy?

The music therapist provides a wide range of instruments which can be used to allow freedom of expression within a safe, contained and reflective space. The sessions usually involve improvised music, or sometimes pre-composed music to offer the potential to creatively interact with the therapist who supports whatever is being expressed. This developing language, often occurring through music, allows an authentic relationship to develop.

The sessions may sometimes involve talking too, vocalising or singing, or periods of silence. It’s not necessary to be able to play an instrument before coming, and you could choose not to play one.

Playing music with the therapist’s support can be releasing, containing and healing.