Music Therapy with Tom Smolen from Nordoff Robins

For the last year, Recovery Connections has been lucky enough to have Tom from Nordoff Robbins working with us to provide a Music Therapy Group. People who access the service find the sessions a really important part of their recovery and lots of feedback reported that they felt calmer, free and noticeably more joyful after attending.

After getting into music at a young age, first playing the guitar as a teenager and going on to play in bands with friends, Tom has always been passionate about passing on his love of music to others. 

‘I wanted to be part of offering people musical experiences,’ he said. ‘I completed my Music Therapy training through Nordoff Robbins, graduated this year and they continue to employ me through the graduate school which I’m pleased to say means that I will be continuing to offer the Music Therapy group at Recovery Connections from September 2021!’

Tom believes that everyone has music inside of them, and musicality helps people to talk about and access understanding to their feelings in a different way than they’re used to, and in a way some find easier and more rewarding. 

‘I can’t wait to work with Recovery Connections again. The atmosphere has always been welcoming and open and the service has taught me so much too, and helped me develop.

‘I look forward to supporting the continual development of this element of the service and build opportunities for those who need them most.’

Feedback on the group… so far

‘The best thing I have done and has really helped my recovery.’

‘Tom has really helped me progress with my recovery.’

‘Tom has been fantastic. I find the group so freeing and joyful.’

‘I was nervous at first but once I joined in I loved them (enjoyed) being taken out of my comfort zone. I loved closing my eyes  and listening to the sounds and joining in .  Also loved the chanting . I’m not the best musically but joining in made me feel part of something .  Personally, I loved it all.  Thank you for everything.’

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