Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the professional use of music and all of its auxiliary elements of sound, rhythm, melody and harmony by a qualified music therapist in a process designed to facilitate and promote communication, relationships, learning, expression, mobilisation, organisation and other relevant therapeutic objectives in order to meet emotional, mental, social, physical and cognitive needs for individual clients or groups. Music therapy aims to develop potential and restore functions of an individual in order for them to achieve better intra- and inter-personal integration and consequently, a better quality of life through prevention, rehabilitation or treatment.

What are the benefits of Music Therapy?

Who can benefit from Music Therapy?

Children, adolescents and adults with:

Why choose Music Therapy?

Current methods in Music Therapy used in my practice:


Petra the person

Petra the person

I see myself first and foremost as a mother because it is through raising my children that I have learnt the most about myself, others and their needs, and how to handle any possible situation that life may unexpectedly pose.

My biggest passion is music. I am one of seven children and singing and making music was part of our daily lives. Before starting my journey with Music Therapy, I was a music teacher. I enjoyed then, and still do enjoy, teaching music, conducting choirs, arranging music, preparing children for musical examinations and eisteddfods and even composing the odd song.

An integral part of being a music teacher, was lending an ear to the individual needs of each child coming into the classroom. This ultimately led me to pursue a career where I could combine the transcendent power of music with the positive healing of therapy.

Forever the student, and wanting to know more, I also engage in Positive Psychology in which I am currently completing my second Master's degree and it is now a pivotal part of my practice. This, I feel, is greatly beneficial for clients as the work we can do in therapy is now multi-dimensional and always strengthening and rewarding.

Music is my strength, my solace and my passion. I feel blessed that God has granted me the opportunity to realise my dream of helping others through music.

Petra the professional

Petra is a Music Therapist working as a private practitioner in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Her clients range from babies to retirees. She has worked with Cerebral Palsy (CP), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Alzheimer's, autism, dementia, depression, stroke survivors, grief, physically and mentally disabled, and, most recently and predominantly, substance use disorder. She has a special interest in research while practicing the use of GIM in the substance use disorder setting and is actively exploring the correlations and dual augmentations between GIM and Positive Psychology.


B. Mus (Ed.) – UPE (now NMU) 1988

M. Mus (Music Therapy) UP 2014. Mini dissertation: Music Therapy for second language English-speaking learners in an English-medium school: a case study

MA (Positive Psychology) cum laude (NWU) 2019. Mini dissertation: Guided imagery, music and well-being: A systematic literature review

Certificate: Counseling children who have experienced trauma UNISA 2013

Certificate: MARI practitioner (Mandala Assessment Research Instrument) 2015

Certificate: Guided Imagery and Music (Association for Music and Imagery, USA) 2017


HPCSA (AT 0001058)

GIM Fellow of AMI (Association for Music and Imagery)

SAMTA (South African Music Therapy Association)

SANATO (South African Network for Arts Therapies Organisation)

MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Instrument) - South Africa

GIM (Guided Imagery in Music) - South Africa

SA-ACAPAP South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (Mpumalanga representative)



Magazine: Sodat jy beter kan hoor, my kind.
(Bella 2017)

Magazine: Fleur-de-lis leer die waarde van musiekterapie.
(Malieveld 2016)

Magazine: Healing Notes.
(Get It 2014)

Academic presentations

Paper: Music Therapy defined and put into perspective in terms of its use within the educational environment. (PASMAE 2015)


Poster: The benefits of music therapy as adjunctive treatment for a client suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome. (SAMTA Music Therapy Showcase 2014)

Poster: The possible positive outcomes of Guided Imagery and Music on psychological well-being: a systematic literature review. (OPTENTIA 2018)