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About Chroma

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“Realising Potential Through Creativity” is why Chroma is the UK’s leading provider of creative arts therapies services for neurorehabilitation and post-trauma clients. Because the brain has a natural and automatic responsiveness to music, we can music as a treatment modality within neurorehabilitation, for example by using rhythm to support functional movement, or melody as a scaffold for functional language.

Rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted in 2022 for our children’s services, and awarded a prestigious Personal Injury Award in November 2022, Chroma is commissioned by NHS and private hospitals, brain injury case managers, local authorities, schools and residential nursing and care homes across the UK. In almost all cases, our therapists visit our clients, rather than asking you to travel to us.

Our national team of experienced art, drama and music therapists work alongside and within organisations in the health, education and social care sectors. We work in partnership with parents and professionals, the NHS, private healthcare and brain injury case management services, special and mainstream schools and more than 50 local authorities. Chroma is managed for quality-at-scale and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Chroma is becoming more diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective. Whether you are a new client, a parent, a commissioner, one of our therapists or someone who is interested in working with us, we hope you see yourself in us.

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Services provided by Chroma

  • Neurologic Music Therapy

    Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is a model of music therapy that is guided by research to address functional changes for people with neurological disorders. It involves a collection of techniques that use the perception, production and performance of music to stimulate, shape, and change movement dynamics, speech and language skills, and cognitive skills.
  • Music Therapy

    Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention. Music therapists help people by supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs. You don’t need musical knowledge or experience to access music therapy sessions.

    Music therapy is a profession recognised in law and is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.

  • Art Psychotherapy

    Art psychotherapy incorporates creative methods of expression, such as drawing, painting, clay modelling, animation, collage as well as other visual art media, for therapeutic goals. Art psychotherapy can be used to help people improve cognitive and sensory motor function, self-esteem, self-awareness, emotional resilience. It may also aide in resolving conflicts and reduce anxiety.
  • Dramatherapy

    Dramatherapy is a form of non-verbal psychotherapy that uses drama and play as the primary mode of expression and communication. It’s about encouraging people to access their creativity thereby activating the potential for healing through imagination, learning, insight and growth. Dramatherapy can be provided for individuals or for groups. People do not need to have had any previous experience or expertise in drama in order to use dramatherapy effectively.
  • MATADOC assessments

    The Music therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders Of Consciousness (MATADOC) is a music-based validated, standardised assessment tool for people with disorders of consciousness. It involves a systematic protocol involving singing, music and musical instruments combined with a record of detailed observations. It has diagnostic potential and is used in many countries around the world to contribute to differential diagnosis in disorders of consciousness. The MATADOC also provides detailed information to inform goal-setting, and treatment and care planning.

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  • Patricia and Neurologic Music Therapy

    We met Patricia following a stroke. She was very unsteady on her feet, walked with a pronounced lean to her left and required two people either side of her to ensure she didn't fall over. Our music therapist used an intervention called Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation - essentially using an external strong simple rhythm on the guitar - to enable Patricia's brain to latch onto the beat, giving her brain the information it needed in terms of her stride pattern, and when to move her legs and feet.

    In a single session, Patricia was able to walk faster, more upright and with much more of a natural flow. While she still needed some support, her pronounced lean has disappeared and her fall risk was much reduced. We used the 10metre walk test to measure her progress, and before our intervention, it took Patricia 52 seconds to walk 10m, whereas after the intervention, this only took 32 seconds.

    We recommended that Patricia continue to use an external rhythm to help her to walk over the next few weeks while with us at the stroke unit, and we continued to see good improvements. Our data showed that patients who accessed neurologic music therapy post stroke were discharged from hospital on average 5 days earlier than had been predicted on admission.

  • Pete and Neurologic Music Therapy

    Pete had a TBI following a serious assault and after spending time in acute care he moved to a specialist residence to continue his rehab. With the physio, the music therapist devised a programme of movement exercises based on music that Pete liked. She was able to build a rapport with Pete through talking about music, sharing instruments and playing songs. Using Pattern Sensory Enhancement, Pete was able to develop his core strength and practise both weight transfer and his gait cycle whilst seated. His movements become more fluent and controlled when he had the support of the rhythm, but the therapist found the exercises were optimised when she sang songs that Pete could join in with; his enjoyment and the fun of the session allowed him to gain enough confidence to try more movements.

    We monitored the cadence of Pete’s walk following each session and set him targets concerning his speed and the amount of time he walked for, which increased as directed by the physio. Pete’s housemates encouraged him when he practised walking each day and began to sing songs along with him, and the music therapist gave staff strategies for them so support by ensuring the music was at the correct tempo. We also used a simple ‘mood monitor’ to help Pete communicate how he was feeling before and after the session and the physio also adopted this as a strategy to help reduce Pete’s anxiety when exercising.

  • Matt and Music Therapy

    Matt sustained a traumatic brain injury during a road traffic collision. He was hospitalised for several months before moving to supported living. Matt had significant general cognitive decline and experienced frequent verbal outbursts of anger. We encouraged Matt to participate in music-making where we played simple chords patterns on guitar or repetitive rhythms on a drum to provide him with a clear and steady musical structure.

    Matt practised rapping lyrics that he had previously written and we adjusted my tempo to match the speed of his verbal production. As sessions progressed we were able to gradually increase tempo. In later sessions Matt began to freestyle, sometimes creating lyrics about his current situation which led to discussions about the trauma and loss he had experienced. We facilitated song-writing with Matt to work on his executive functions such as planning, attention, prioritisation, and prospective memory skills, and to encourage emotional expression.

    We monitored Matt’s song-writing abilities in terms of his cognitive and executive functions and reported improvements to his multi-disciplinary team. In terms of Matt’s psychological well-being, he provided verbal feedback each session regarding his mood. I also tracked the number and frequency of his verbal angry outbursts during sessions – an increase in playing music directly correlated with a decrease in outbursts.

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We're here to help you gain a better outcome by providing the expert legal advice you and your family deserve.

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