FAQs About SoundWell Music Therapy and Its Policies
Music therapy is a unique health care profession. As such, people often are curious about who can benefit, where music therapists work, the evidence base for music therapy, and how it can be funded. Below are answers to these and other commonly asked questions about SoundWell Music Therapy in Longmont.
About Music Therapy
Who May Benefit From Music Therapy?
Music therapy truly is a versatile healthcare practice. Because of this, people with a variety of health conditions and therapeutic needs can benefit from music therapy at any age.
For example, music therapists work with people with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, neurodegenerative diseases, chronic or acute pain, and substance abuse problems. Pregnant women and expectant families can benefit from music therapy. Even people who are healthy can benefit from the use of music therapy techniques to promote stress reduction and relaxation.
SoundWell Music Therapy works with people who want to improve their mental health and well-being. Because people are complex and music therapy is so adaptable, SoundWell Music Therapy is able to do this with people who have other co-morbid health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, Traumatic Brain Injury, or COPD.
What Are Some Misconceptions About Music Therapy?
A common misconception is that a person needs to have some sort of musical ability or background in order to benefit from music therapy. This is not true. As long as a person is open to engaging in therapy, and to the use of music within therapy, they will benefit.
Additionally, there is no one particular style of music that is more therapeutic than all the rest. Any style of music can be useful in effecting change in a person’s life if it is something that moves them or something that they enjoy. At the same time, certain styles of music can be triggering or aggravating to a person. Even if it’s something that others may deem “relaxing.”
Is There Research to Support Music Therapy?
Every day it seems like more research on the effectiveness of music therapy is being published in a variety of reputable health journals. The American Music Therapy Association also publishes its own journals, The Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives.
Payments & Fees
Do You Work With the State Medicaid Waivers?
I don’t currently work with Medicaid, including the waiver program in Colorado. However, there are a few music therapists in the area who do work with this program. You can find Program Approved Service Agencies at the Imagine Foundation website.
If you’re an adult seeking a mental health provider who takes Medicaid, I recommend the Naropa Counseling Center in Boulder. Otherwise, KidStuff Child and Family Counseling is a Medicaid-approved mental health provider for children and teens.
Do You Accept Insurance?
Through SonderMind, I’m credentialed as an in-network provider through Aetna, Anthem (HMO and PPO), Cigna, United Healthcare (including Optum Health). I’m also credentialed through Profile EAP, which is available to employees of Centura Health.
For all other insurances companies, I require payment at the time of service. However, I can write you up a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
All other private-pay, non-contracted services require payment at the time of service as well.
Do You Offer a Sliding Scale?
I do. A sliding scale is offered in some circumstances for individuals and non-profit community organizations. The exact fee is based on need. Please contact me for more information.
SoundWell Forms and Policies
Below are the forms and policies for SoundWell Music Therapy. These are to help you become better acquainted with them before we meet. You can download and fill them out for yourself ahead of time. Otherwise, you will receive via email electronic copies to complete when you decide to schedule a session.