"(Music therapy) can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort -- between demoralization and dignity." - Barbara Crowe, Past President of National Association for Music Therapy
Music therapists acknowledge that we as humans are inherently musical. In music therapy, an individual's music is viewed as the outward manifestation of an internal process and is honored, not judged. Music therapy is a holistic mental health therapy approach, and music therapists have specialized training in utilizing the power of music to reach depths of experience that are beyond conscious awareness. Sometimes when words fail, music can reach emotions, beliefs, and memories that are difficult to identify or describe verbally. You may find this helps to deepen your awareness and connection to your emotional, spiritual, social, and sensory experiences.
Prior experience as a musician is not at all necessary. Music therapy experiences are designed to be accessible and adaptive to your unique needs and can be beneficial for children, teens, families, adults, and older adults of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Music therapists are highly skilled at designing experiences that help you feel safe and successful.
Potential Benefits of Music Therapy
Music therapy is evidence-based and guided by research that has shown positive effects across ages and diagnoses. Combined with traditional talk therapy, music therapy can add a creative and intuitive element to your therapeutic work.
Some of the benefits you might experience in music therapy include:
• Safe exploration of feelings
• Improved mood due to the release of endorphins while engaging with music
• Increased ability to use music as a tool to promote relaxation
• Enhanced emotional awareness and expression
• Reduced stress, anxiety, and muscle tension
• Increased self-awareness and personal insight through exploration of your responses to music
• Alternative methods of communication and self-expression
• Decreased depression symptoms and increased quality of life
• Promotion of restful sleep
• Development of helpful coping skills for handling painful or traumatic memories, difficult emotions, and feelings of overwhelm
Music Therapy is a good match for you if…
• Are drawn to music as a way of supporting yourself
• Find that you have a deep emotional connection with music
• Want to explore personal insight and growth experiences that may be lying under the surface
• Are experiencing a personal or creative block and are looking for a new way to access your creativity
• Have difficulty identifying and making sense of your inner experience and emotions
• Have had trouble engaging in traditional talk therapy
• Have a cognitive, learning, or developmental disability and are looking for a more accessible way to engage in therapy
• Are the guardian of a child or adolescent and think they may benefit from a creative approach to therapy
• Are experiencing grief or a personal loss that you would like to process nonverbally
• Are looking for a unique and powerful way to connect with a loved one who is experiencing cognitive decline, dementia, or end-of-life
What will happen in a music therapy session?
Music therapists use both receptive and creative techniques in accessing music for therapeutic benefit. Receptive processes involve the client listening to or "receiving" music, and creative processes involve the client generating their own music.
Receptive experiences may include:
• Listening to a live or recorded piece of music and discussing your thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of the music
• Exploring and analyzing music that is meaningful to you to uncover deeper insights and self-understanding that might be represented in the music
• Learning to use music to promote relaxation and/or mindful awareness
• Combining guided visualization exercises with supportive music to enable deeper insight into challenging situations, relationships, and personal strengths
• Constructing intentional music playlists to help you cope with problematic symptoms and stressful experiences
Creative experiences may include:
• Playing drums and other instruments to release and transform energy
• Improvising musical sounds as a way of acknowledging and expressing complex emotions
• Making music alongside the therapist or family members to facilitate bonding, communication, and shared experience
• Singing or playing along with meaningful songs to reinforce and validate your personal experience
• Writing original songs as a way of describing, expressing, and honoring various aspects of your lived experience, relationships, and personal goals
Free 15 minute consultations are available to determine if art therapy is right for you. Contact us today!
$140 - $185 | 1 hr
Insurance Accepted for Psychotherapy:
BCBS PPO, Blue Choice PPO, Out-of-Network
Check, Credit Card, HSA/FSA
Payment Plans are available if needed.
How Do I Know If I’m Covered for Your Services?
You can verify your eligibility and benefits by calling the customer service number on the back of your insurance card. Some questions to ask are, “What are my outpatient mental health benefits?", “Do I have a co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible for outpatient mental health services?”, and “Are there any limits or authorizations required?”
Your exact coverage and the amount you will owe cannot be confirmed until a claim has been filed and processed by your insurance provider. Please note that not all services may be covered by insurance. This includes, but is not limited to, wellness workshops, and music therapy.
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