Art therapists at The Briars in Exeter are looking for the donation of guitars and possibly other instruments for people who use their service to use when receiving therapy.
Guitars are used therapeutically to write songs and express how a person is feeling, in a more direct way than words alone could achieve.
The Arts Therapy Team at The Briars provides music, art and drama therapy to adults with and without learning disabilities.
Henry Dunn, Music Psychotherapist explains: “We are part of the Psychology and Psychological Therapy Service at Devon Partnership NHS Trust. People who come to us will have a mental health diagnosis, usually associated with severe trauma. We provide group and individual therapy sessions, using the different art forms as an additional way to explore people’s past and present experiences, and their mental health, with the aim of aiding them on their recovery journey.“
Henry continues, “We know that music therapy can be extremely effective for people as a way to express painful feelings and experiences, without talking about them.
“People who have used our service have told us how the therapy has not only changed their lives, but has saved their lives and helped them face life’s challenges. We currently have just one acoustic (steel-stringed) guitar, which unfortunately many people find difficult to play so we are seeking either a classical or electric guitar."
Can you help? Do you have a guitar or another instrument that is currently unused and gathering dust? If so, would you consider donating it to the Art Therapies Team at The Briars to support our patients’ wellbeing and recovery as part of their therapy?
To make a donation or for more information please email Daniel Robson, Head of Charity Fundraising on firstname.lastname@example.org.