Ray Travasso, Music Therapist at The Treehouse
Ray Travasso has worked at EACH as a qualified Music Therapist for 13 years and offers both one-to-one and group sessions to all families members either at home, in the community or at the hospice.
“Music Therapy is about using music to connect with the families we work with – as a way of them exploring their emotions. Many of the children and young people I work with are unable to talk but music gives them a way to communicate and a voice.
“Everyone is musical – everyone has an innate response to music. That response could be physical, cognitive or emotional. We use music to address individual’s needs for example a behavioural problem or to express emotions such as anger.”
Music therapy isn’t just for the children directly accessing EACH’s care; it plays a vital role in supporting family members including siblings, parents and grandparents. Ray runs several groups and events including a monthly Music Therapy and Cake workshop and The Treehouse Choir, as well as organising our annual Treefest Festival.
“These groups have become support sessions in their own right and help with feelings of isolation – allowing families to socialise with others in a similar situation. The Treehouse Choir includes bereaved and current families as well as EACH staff and is a true phenomenon. It shows how music can bring people together.
“I am continually looking for new ways to use music. EACH is a wonderful place to work – the care provided is tremendous. Whilst it’s challenging working with the families it’s also very rewarding to help people who are going through a very difficult time in their lives.”