Creative support for coping, recovery & thriving

Music Therapy for individuals, families and groups

Picture of Dr Kate McMahon, a Music therapist in Melbourne. Kate has long red hair and a blue jumper. She is smiling softly with her mouth closed.

Kate McMahon, PhD
Registered Music Therapist & Counsellor

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Finding a way forward together

Music therapy is an evidence-based therapy that uses music to improve physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing. Music therapy is a regulated Allied Health profession recognised by the NDIS and public health services.

Music therapy offers a creative alternative for coping with and growing through life’s challenges, offering space for you to recover and thrive.

You don’t need any musical experience to benefit from Music Therapy – you’ll be supported to use music in a way that’s right for you, every step of the way.

I’m here to help you find comfort, joy and ease through individual music therapycounselling, and therapeutic groups with like-minded peers.

If you’re curious to know how Music Therapy might meet your needs, I invite you to get in touch for a free 15-minute consultation.

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Get support to work through and manage mental health issues and life challenges. I incorporate a range of evidence-based modalities including person-centred, trauma-informed and somatic practices to help you cope and gain insight. Find out more about counselling.

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Connect and learn with like-minded peers (or family members) through multi-modal creative experiences. Therapeutic groups offer a supportive and cost-effective way to connect with yourself and others. I combine music, art-making and movement to meet the particular needs of each group.

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Work on your personal goals and improve your quality of life through evidence-based music therapy practices. Explore how music can support your mood, confidence, communication, cognition, pain and social wellbeing with a qualified Allied Health Professional. Find out more about music therapy.

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Creative supervision for therapists. Supportive or educational music therapy workshops for your staff. Support staff connection and wellbeing, or learn how to draw on the benefits of music for your work. Find out more about professional services.

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Support for different needs

I work with adolescents, adults and older adults across a range of life experiences including:

Support to reduce the impact of depression, anxiety, trauma and complex mental health conditions.

Benefit from music's unique interaction with the brain. Support for individuals, family care partners and groups to improve everyday living.

Feel supported across your cancer journey. Improve coping and get help to adjust to the challenges that cancer can bring for you and your family. Learn to manage pain, fatigue and mood.

Chronic and progressive health conditions

Feel empowered with creative approaches for living better with a wide range of health conditions.

Grief, bereavement and end-of-life care

Music therapy offers comfort, legacy creation, grief support and shared family experiences to support and honour the people we love.


Express your needs and explore your identity through creative musical expression in a neuro-affirming space. Support, encouragement and validation for autism and ADHD.

Curious to find out more?

For questions or appointments, please get in touch.

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Using music for chronic pain

Chronic pain can be debilitating, affecting every aspect of life. While medication and physical therapy can provide some relief, it’s not always enough. Also, these approaches often overlook the emotional and social impact of pain on people’s lives. Music therapy offers a holistic approach to supporting people with chronic pain, offering an accessible way to […]

February Group Sessions

Discover the transformative power of group music therapy in a four-part series led by Kate, Director of Mind Body Music Therapy. No prior musical expertise or “talent” is necessary—just bring your curiosity and an interest in the intersection of music and well-being. Feel free to attend one, a few, or all of these group music […]

What is Music Therapy?

As a music therapist, I find myself answering this question a lot. Even clients calling to book a session still have questions: What is music therapy? What does it look like? Who is it for? To answer these questions, I’m spending the month of January focusing on this topic across my social media . In […]