Hearing Beneath the Words

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20 May 2023

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Price: Qualified Practitioners £85;Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees £75;WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff £60

Location: online


This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

The interactive use of music within a therapeutic relationship is a vital part of music therapy. This can involve improvised or semi structured music making interactions using a variety of instruments and the voice. Music therapy can also contribute to an overall reduction in symptoms in cases for anxiety, depression and personality disorders.

  • Are you interested in developing the use of listening and embodied experience within the therapeutic relationship?
  • Do you want to increase your understanding of music therapy practice in the UK?
  • Would you like to explore how to help in working with patients who struggle to make use of verbalisation?

Workshop Aims

By the end of the session you can expect:

  • To have a better understanding of music therapy practice and its use with depression, personality disorders, psychosis, and autism.
  • To hear patients in a different way, in listening beneath the words to more fully inform one’s experience of patients and possible interpretations.
  • To be able to use techniques and ideas from music therapy practice within a range of clinical contexts.


This workshop will give an introduction on music therapy practice within the UK. It will provide opportunities to consider the role music plays in everyday life as well as in the way we relate to ourselves and others. There will be opportunities to explore how techniques and theory from music therapy practice can be used to develop psycho-dynamic/analytic clinical practice within the consulting room. This will be achieved via a combination of lecturing, case study materiel: including audio from sessions, group discussions and experiential group exercises.

Workshop Leader

Max Ryz is a HCPC registered Music Therapist and a member of the British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT). He has wide ranging experience providing assessment, individual and group music therapy for adults, children and adolescents spanning across NHS, Third Sector, private health care and school settings.

Max completed a clinical music therapy masters at the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre following a degree in composition at Trinity College of Music. He has also undertaken subsequent trainings at the Anna Freud Centre and the International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies, acquiring additional expertise in other psychotherapeutic approaches, including Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Mentalisation- Based Therapy (MBT).

Max currently holds a position at the Central and North West London NHS Trust where he works with adults who have complex mental health conditions, such as depression, personality disorders and psychosis. In his private practice he is also seeing children and adolescents whose needs include developmental, communication and emotional difficulties as well as autism.

Alongside his therapeutic work Max gives clinical supervision within the NHS and is an accredited supervisor with BAMT. He regularly facilitates workshops and seminars for interdisciplinary teams in health care settings and psychotherapy training provides and he is published in the British Journal of Music Therapy.

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

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