Music Therapist / Musiek terapeut

Hermi Viljoen

Hours

Mondays: 14:00-17:30
Tuesdays: Closed
Wednesdays: 12:00-17:30
Thursdays: Closed
Fridays: 16:00-17:30
Saturdays: 9:00-14:00

hermi viljoen music therapists

Contact number

060 620 8630

Hermi Viljoen

Hermi Viljoen is a board certified music therapist working at various non-profit organizations like the Teddy Bear Clinic where she offers support groups for youth at risk. She also offers group sessions for individuals who suffered various brain injuries at Brain Life as well as group and individual sessions for infants with physical and/or intellectual disabilities at the Baby Therapy Centre. She completed her Masters Degree in music therapy in 2016 at the University of Pretoria. Music has been a passion of hers from a young age. She believes that music serves as a bridge that connects us with those around us on a deeper and personal level. This contributes towards strengthening relationships and seeks to address psycho-social and emotional needs in a safe, confidential, and creative space.

Music Therapy is a non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical medium used in everyday environments to meet the physical, emotional, cognitive, communicative, and social needs of individuals and groups. In a typical music therapy session various musical techniques that include improvisation, playing of instruments, vocalisations and music listening are implemented to ensure that personal goals are being addressed and that the music is used to the benefit of the individual or group member. The reason music is such an effective therapeutic tool is because everyone can relate to music and already is benefiting from it on a daily basis whether they know it or not. For example listening to music on the radio during peak time traffic to help time pass quicker, listening to music whilst studying to improve focus, singing your infant to sleep etc.

Music Therapy sessions can be facilitated in group and individual settings. Caretakers and family members are encouraged to attend the sessions. It is important to ensure that your music therapist is a board certified arts therapist with the Health Professions council of South Africa (HPCSA). This is to ensure you receive the highest quality music therapy services offered to you and your loved ones.

Hermi Viljoen

Practitioner number: 0694495
Arts Therapist AT 0001260

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Treatments and Diagnosis

Creative music therapy sessions

Music therapy is a client centered therapeutic intervention. This means that anything the client musically offers during a music therapy session (for example drumming, singing, humming or playing of any instrument on any practical level) is accepted and used to address and meet physical, social, cognitive and emotional needs. Hermi primarily makes use of a Creative Music Therapy approach. A Creative Music Therapy approach is based on the principle of using improvisational playing techniques. This allows her to work with the current mental and physical state of the client as presented in the session. This contributes towards the sessions remaining client centered and provides each client with a unique experience that suits their emotional needs.

Music is a non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive therapy where exploring, sharing and connecting with yourself and others are encouraged. Music has the potential of enabling any person, from infants to elderly clients, to improve communication skills, improve their quality of life and offer alternative ways to communicate and express emotions. This means that music therapy can assist with individuals from all walks of life living with various conditions such as depression, dementia, autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other related disorders and syndromes.

Group and individual mother and/or father - infant bonding and attachment sessions

“Before a child talks they sing. Before they write they draw. As soon as they stand they dance. Art is fundamental to human expression. “ -Phylicia Rashad

Rhythm and pitch is a natural part of us as human beings as we respond to certain sounds instinctively since infancy. The human body naturally responds to pitch and rhythm because it matches our everyday bodily functions. We walk in rhythm, our hearts beat in rhythm and we change the tone and pitch of our voices to express emotions and communicate our needs to others.

The natural response of a caretaker hearing their infant child cry is to immediately change the tone of their voice to a more gentle and caring (almost lullaby-ish) tone. This communicates to the infant that their crying has been heard, their emotions are acknowledged and the world is a safe place to express their physical and emotional needs. The voice can also express and mirror joyful emotions whilst playing and speaking to one’s infant. Music has similar potential of acknowledging and meeting these social and emotional needs when singing and playing musical instruments in a group or individual setting.

Techniques to enhance this communication and bonding between caretaker and infant are encouraged and strengthened during music therapy sessions. It will provide the caretaker with the insight of intentionally listening to the infants vocalizations and reading of facial expressions as well as how to respond and engage meaningfully. Both parents are encouraged to attend as both play a vital role in the infants emotional and psychological development.

Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI)

Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI) is a creative process where the therapist and client makes use of mandala drawing in combination with colors, symbols and intense music listening. This is used to promote personal development and emotional wellbeing of the client and offer personal insight to one’s life. For more information regarding MARI click on the following link: Click Here

Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)

Hermi is currently in her final level of completing her training in the specialized approach of Helen Bonny’s Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) method. She is available for individual and group GIM sessions whilst receiving regular supervision from qualified GIM trainers. For more information regarding GIM, click on the following link: Click Here

Corporate teambuilding and conflict resolution group sessions

Music is an enjoyable medium to use when working in groups. A typical Music therapy session in a corporate setting will consist of group drumming and singing, group art work and movement, however, every group is unique and adjustments to choice of music and instruments are made to suit the individual needs of the group. This provides multiple opportunities for group participants to build stronger professional relationships with each other and also address issues related to stress and burnout in both work and personal life.

In addition, group Music Therapy sessions also offer group members the following experiences:

  • Opportunities to expression emotions freely
  • Improve self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve social skills through listening and sharing
  • Coping mechanisms and self-care
  • Overall enjoyment and opportunity for self-exploration and personal development

Private flute, piano and music theory lessons

It is beneficial to learn how to play a musical instrument as it strengthens eye-hand co-ordination and fine motor skills. It also teaches a child a lot about discipline, dedication and the rewards of hard work.

Hermi obtained her BMus Degree in 2013 at the University of Pretoria where she specialized in flute and piano playing. She has been teaching privately since 2012 all ages and practical levels. Private piano, flute and music theory lessons are available on the PETC premises. Hermi is proficient in preparing pupils for practical and theoretical examinations such as UNISA, Trinity and ABRSM. She can teach classical and light music, dependent on the pupils request. It is the pupils responsibility to provide their own flute and music books. Beginners and all ages are welcome.

Testimonials

Jacolette Priem
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My Mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2007. She is now 96 years old and unfortunately her condition keeps on deteriorating at a slow paste. I however continuously seek methods to improve and help her. In May 2018 I requested Hermi to introduce Music Therapy to her.

Initially she started off on a weekly basis for the first 6 months to secure the routine, wheatear we could reduce it to a bi-weekly session. Hermi started with a well-known instrument like guitar and gradually introduced shakers, djembe drums and tambourines. I told Hermi which type of music and songs my Mother used to enjoy and from the word go my Mother enjoyed the sessions and took part with so much enthusiasm. I have several little videos that her care worker took to share with the family showing our Mother clapping hands, tapping feet, singing with so much joy that one can keep on watching it over and over. We will always treasure those happy moments which are so precious. My Mothers’s care workers also got involved in the group sessions as well which helped them as well. Certain songs brought memories back that she did not mention in ages. Whenever she would get anxious now or feels upset, we will just start singing and all will be well again.

I am so grateful towards Hermi for the way she treated my Mother. Dementia patients are not the easiest patients to work with if you do not understand them but she always has the utmost respect, patients and empathy for my Mother and her condition. Not only is Hermi a wonderful musician but definitely well suited for a career path as a Music Therapist. I can highly recommend her.
Michelle B
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As the mom of a type 1 diabetic, one would think that I had it all figured out when it came to caring for all my daughter’s needs – not only on a physical level, but also emotionally. What we don’t understand as parents, or individuals who don’t have to live with a life threatening chronic disease, is that there is a constant inner war that these super heroes have to fight day in, and day out. An emotional battle, anger, frustration, some days a feeling of hopelessness, fear of being “too different”. There is a lot of loneliness, because diabetes sometimes forces isolation because of its demands. And often times, our children don’t speak about it, because, well, the world is a judgemental place and nobody understands! Or they don’t know how to out their emotions into words so that we can try understand.

In July 2018, I had lost a part of my child to this loneliness, spurred on by the loss of our beloved family dog, Roxy. Roxy who always seemed to know when Madi needed someone just to lie a little closer to her, or needed some extra attention because it was an “off” day – she was Madi’s number 1 companion. Madi was unable to explain to me what she was feeling. But I saw her disappearing into a world of sadness, grief and loneliness. She wasn’t talking, she just cried and completely isolated herself.

Having met Hermi a few weeks prior to this, and learning more about what she did, I decided to give music therapy a try (Madi wasn’t speaking so what would a regular therapist help?). After just a few sessions, I felt like my child had re-emerged: stronger, calmer, more in control, better able to plot her feelings and emotions, going back to what she had learnt in her sessions with Hermi for an outlet. What Hermi did for my daughter can never be applauded, praised or boasted about enough! Taking this little human’s heart, emotions and feelings, creating a safe space for her to just “feel” and let it out, I am forever thankful and I stand in complete awe of her work.

Her passion for her calling, her COMPASSION for her patients, her professionalism, her kindness, her calm – Hermi will forever be my “Madi whisperer”!

Michelle B – Madi’s mom
Elize M
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My dogtertjie het vir die afgelope 4 jaar by juffrou Hermi klavierles vandat sy 7 jaar oud was. Van al die buitemuurse aktiwiteite wat sy al probeer het, is dit die een wat sy nog nooit 'n verskoning uitgedink het om nie te gaan nie.

Ek dink die groot bydraende faktor is dat sy baie van haar jufffou Hermi hou. Sy sê wat lekker is, is dat die les altyd interessant is en dat juffrou vriendelik is, maar ook bietjie kwaai as dit nodig is.

Ek sal Hermi enige dag aanbeveel vir musieklesse. Haar passie vir musiek en haar fyn aanvoeling vir kinders maak haar 'n uitstekende keuse.
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Address

390 Manitoba Drive, Faerie Glen

Telephone Number

060 620 8630

Hours

Monday: 13:30-18:00
Tuesday – Thursday: Closed
Friday: 15:30-18:00
Saturday: 9:00-14:00

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