2 people have experienced Music Therapy. Have you?
I'm a professional and
|1 person has tried Music Therapy||1 person has prescribed Music Therapy|
Would recommend it
I conducted music groups as therapy in group settings in the past. Not being a licensed therapist or trained in music therapy, I would not necessarily say that I prescribed it, but recommended and conducted music groups as therapy. Group members were clients living with mental illnesses including depression, bi-polar disorder, PTSD, schizo-effective disorder, and schizophrenia.
The music groups I conducted consisted of:
- Playing percussion instruments free-form or with light instruction
- Listening to songs I (as the facilitator) chose in order to stimulate discussion on specific topics
- Asking clients for song requests and discussion of the ways their selections relate to their lives, goals and recovery
- And, engaging discussions based on recovery and wellness goals as related to musical experiences
The groups were beneficial for clients in multiple ways, including:
- Playing instruments together and discussing those experiences enhanced socialization and group cohesion to build bonds among clients
- Music allowed for emotional expression and processing in a safe and supported environment
- Use of metaphor from lyrics and musical expression allowed for creative discussion of participants goals and coping skills for symptoms of mental illness
Again, I am not a professional music therapist, so I'm interested in music therapy from a professionals expertise. Music has been an important aspect of my own personal health and growth, and it was a privilege to share that with others in a health-related environment.
Would recommend it
I have used both alcohol (in very moderate amounts: 1-2 drinks/day) combined with my favorite music to alleviate my depression/anxiety successfully, as opposed to mood stabilizers I have been prescribed by a psychiatrist (ie. Risperdal - which has been shown to cause breast cancer etc.)