ANJA POLLARD ARTS THERAPIST WELCOMES YOU
"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable"
A BIT ABOUT THERAPY
Personalized Attention for Your Unique Needs
I implement effective psychotherapy and creative music therapy methods to encourage clients to learn new skills and adopt new attitudes and feelings towards challenging life situations. Therapy is not a magic pill, but a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the client and his/her support system. Under the guidance of your therapist, you can probe more deeply into the mind, express emotions, and find solutions to problems; you can learn and practice uniquely tailored skills to cope with life challenges and this can bring life-altering results.
Psychological evaluation using MARI
Mari is the most effective, accurate, and fun psychological assessment and insight tool that I have ever come across. Developed, researched and validated by Joan Kellogg and inspired by the work of Carl Jung, the MARI system was developed from studying Mandala circle art across many cultures.
GUIDED IMAGERY AND MUSIC
The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM) is a music-centered form of psychotherapy used to access and explore the psyche, in order to facilitate personal growth, healing and transformation.
CREATIVE MUSIC THERAPY
Enabling people of all ages to live more resourcefully and creatively
The Nordoff-Robbins approach to music therapy, also known as creative music therapy, developed from the 17-year collaboration of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins beginning in 1958. It was originally devised as a therapy for children with psychological, physical, or developmental disabilities. Creative music therapy is grounded in the belief that everyone can respond to music, no matter how ill or disabled. It holds that the unique qualities of music as therapy can enhance communication, support change, and enable people to live more resourcefully and creatively
REHABILITATION FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANT USERS
Life quality improvement, speech recognition development
I've recently joined The Pretoria Cochlear Implant Unit team, where we strive to provide the best possible pre- and post-operative care for CI-users of all ages
Have a question you’d like to ask? Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any additional questions.
WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MUSIC THERAPY?
Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL SESSION LIKE?
Since music therapists serve a wide variety of persons with many different types of needs there is no such thing as an overall typical session. Sessions are designed and music selected based on the individual client's treatment plan.
WHAT TYPE OF INTERVENTIONS DO YOU USE?
Some of the techniques used include vocal and/or instrumental play/improvisation, music listening, movement, drawing, writing, clay-work, relaxation with music and verbal processing.
MEDICAL AID SUPPORT
From the early days of my practice, I’ve provided for clients with different medical aids the chance to receive treatment. I manage a cash practice, but clients can submit claims for sessions to their medical aids for re-embursement. Call me today and I’ll do my best to accommodate to your situation.
MOST FUNDS PAY FOR ARTS THERAPIES
Please contact your service provider for more information
HELPFUL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
If you would like to learn more about music therapy and the techniques I employ, feel free to explore the resources and interesting reads I have listed below.
ABOUT YOUR THERAPIST
Reaching beyond traditional therapies
Anja is a Guided Imagery and Music Fellow (Registered with AMI), Music Therapist (MMus Music Therapy), registered with the HPCSA, a qualified MARI practitioner, a choral artist and a Professional Musician (Voice and saxophone).
Her practice, located in the East of Pretoria, is a calm space where clients develop and learn to use personal strategies for adapting to their circumstances. She aims to promote mental wellness through creative arts and is an advocate for Perinatal Mental Health. As a mother of two boys herself, she has a deep understanding of the challenges parenthood can bring.
Anja also works with a variety of other client populations affected by physical-, emotional-, cognitive- and interpersonal challenges, as well as clients interested in personal and spiritual growth.
FEEDBACK AND THOUGHTS
“I've found that GIM gave me access to the mysterious layers of my heart and mind. It helped me to articulate what I was finding most difficult in my journey toward wholeness and and what I needed to heal. I felt supported and held with this therapy. Anja is a wise and caring human being and a competent GIM therapist and I recommend her and this therapy to anyone who desires greater integration of body, mind and spirit.”
“Music therapy showed me that my baby knows me... He knows that I am his mommy...something so simple, yet so meaningful.”
"As a music therapist with more than 26 years’ experience, I would like to attest and celebrate the extraordinary therapeutic power of music to hold, contain, comfort, love, honor, acknowledge, validate, express, release, mourn, celebrate, inspire, motivate, challenge, stimulate, contemplate, clarify, and ultimately to transform."