What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is essentially the use of music in a therapeutic way. While music therapists generally work with a variety of clients, my specialty is using music and sound in psychotherapy as a vehicle for expression and communication. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, including, listening, vocalization, shared improvisation, songwriting, and more.

Expression through mediums other than the spoken word allow us to explore material that may be too difficult to speak about, or may be based in early experiences. Sometimes, exploration through sound and music allows a new and fresh 

 

perspective on an old problem or can allow a family member to express something they might not feel comfortable stating directly.

And ultimately, music is fun and engaging!  Have you ever listened to a piece of music that "felt" like it encapsulated a certain emotion or experience? Have you ever had a song come on your playlist that helped you find energy to get through your workout? On a deeper level, music connects with a part of us beyond words and concepts and can motivate or express or heal in a new and different way.