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Music Therapy

Science may not yet explain exactly how, but music sooths the soul and connects us with our emotions. It is not uncommon for a person to endorse the healing effects of music. Music therapy is an adjunct therapy that might offer a person who is suffering from a serious mental illness comfort, hope, and balance.

Music therapy is an evidence based therapeutic use of music and professional music therapist who develops a therapeutic relationship with his/her client. The use of music may be used in a variety of modalities to help an individual process thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and is also sometimes used to provide new ways of communication for a person who has difficulty communicating with words. Music therapy can help a person connect with his or her strengths and then use these strengths in his or her own environment and relationships.

Often, a music therapist will work within the context of an interdisciplinary team, and this might be in a hospital or outpatient mental health setting. If you are seeking to incorporate music into your own therapeutic Action Plan or Wellness and Recovery Plan, you might be able to find a therapist who can work with you even if you are not participating in a formal case management setting. If you have your own Action Plan or your own Wellness and Recovery Plan, you can share with a music therapist your over all goals, and he/she can work with you to discover how to use music therapy to facilitate your meeting your own personal mental health and wellness goals.

A summary of the types of music therapy compile from an informative website that I recommend you look at includes Background Music Therapy, Contemplative music, combined music, executive music, iatro music executive music, creative music, listening, participating, or even writing music. You will find a very informative article on this subject that expands on the following:

Background music is a therapy that might be played in a hospital setting and is in the milieu, whereas contemplative music is not only listened to, but the listener learns something interesting about the music. Music therapy might be used in combination with other therapies such as meditation. Executive music therapy includes either individual or group singing and/or playing musical instruments whereas latromusic therapy is played by a musician and if found in children’s psychiatric units. Creative music is the form of music therapy where individuals write songs, compose music, and play instruments.

http://www.healthyplace.com/alternative-mental-health/treatments/music-therapy-for-treatment-of-psychiatric-disorders/ (retrieved 8/16/15)

Also, review the website for the American Music Therapy Association. Both of these websites are not only very informative, but you will find research and more interesting tidbits about Music therapy as an evidence based therapy that can provide some very positive results.

Learn more about Music Therapy here:

http://www.musictherapy.org/

http://www.musictherapy.org/about/musictherapy/

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