about music psychotherapy
Music Psychotherapy is psychotherapy that can add music-making, singing,
songwriting and listening to music, to the psychotherapy experience. Like
psychotherapy, music psychotherapy evaluates and treats specific issues and concerns.
It is particularly helpful in addressing issues related to self-exploration,
self-expression, and interpersonal difficulties: self-esteem, anxiety,
spontaneity, communication, creativity, stress, depression, intimacy, and workplace
A client does NOT need any previous experience or skill in music to benefit.
Why would someone choose to go to a music therapist versus a regular
Some people feel uncomfortable expressing themselves verbally or have
difficulty articulating their problems. Sometimes people are aware that they are
"too much in their head" and want to access their areas of difficulty in a
non-verbal manner;musical expression creates maximum space for exploration and
discovery. Others are involved in the arts or are interested in incorporating a
creative process into their self-growth. Many have had a lot of verbal
psychotherapy but feel that talking has not thoroughly helped them. Some people like
the active, mutual experience that making music together provides.
Describe a typical session.
The client describes the pressing issues, feelings, or concerns and when the
client feels ready, we play, sing, or listen to, music together. We then
discuss what happened during the playing and what it was like. The music-making
expresses, clarifies, and identifies what the issues are and facilitates their
resolution. The music-making is as frequent as the client desires. Music
Psychotherapy allows for self-exploration in a safe, creative and productive
The use of music in the service of health has roots
that can be traced to every ancient civilization.