MUSIC PSYCHOTHERAPY

Connection between music and emotions and influence of it on both mental and physical health has been acknowledged and recorded for some time. Pythagoras, Plato and Aristotle all noted the effects of music on our health and behaviour and have been used as part of healing arts.  Music therapy as a practice began in 1960s when scientists and doctors recognized its healing power in their clinical trials. During World War I and World War II armature musicians visited Veterans at hospitals and played for patients that suffered from physical and emotional traumas during the war. Veteran’s emotional response to music resulted in doctors request to hiring musicians for the hospitals. This practice later transcended to music psychotherapy and nowadays they work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, communal centres, nursing homes, institutional and private practices.

How does Music Psychotherapy work?

Music Therapy works on variety of levels. It has been scientifically recorded that music, especially with a strong rhythmical element, can influence our heart rate and breathing which promotes a release of endorphins (our body’s natural painkillers), it has been shown to reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation. Music can help release repressed memories or negative feelings which can influence behavioral issues.

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used to address physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social needs. It provides a chance for communication that is helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves.

Participation in Music Psychotherapy offers many benefits:

  • Improves Communication
  • Promotes Independence
  • Promotes Reality Orientation
  • Improves Memory
  • Increases Motivation & Participation
  • Improves Self-Esteem
  • Decreases Stress & Anxiety
  • Facilitates Grieving Process
  • Provides Relaxation
  • Develops Creativity & Sense of Identity
  • Improves Social Interaction
  • Improves Ability to Make Life Choices
  • Promotes Emotional Expression & Spirituality

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MUSIC PSYCHOTHERAPY COMPONENETS

Improvising offers a creative way of expressing thoughts and feelings.  It helps a therapist to establish a three-way relationship between the client, themselves and the music. Where words fail, music can fill the void by providing a safe opportunity for meaningful interpersonal relationship.

Imagery provides opportunity to reflect, process and interact with unconscious or conscious issues that reflect on patients’ life. Artwork such as mandala drawing can be interpreted as well.

Listening to music has many therapeutic benefits. It helps to develop cognitive skills such as attention and memory.

During pregnancy, listening to music can provide a connection between internal and external environment.

During childbirth, music can promoting relaxation for the mother.



NEUROLOGIC MUSIC THERAPY

Neurologic Music Therapy  is defined as the therapeutic application of music for cognitive, sensory and motor dysfunctions due to neurologic disease of nervous system. This practice is recognized by the World Federation of Neurologic Rehabilitation, the European Federation of Neurorehabilitation Societies and the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology.

Neurological Music Therapy can benefit people suffering from:

  • Brain Injury
  • Alzheimer’s & Dementia
  • Autism
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stroke
  • Huntington’s & Parkinson’s
  • Aphasia & Apraxia
  • other neurological diseases (Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy etc).

How can NMT help?

Musical elements such as melody, rhythm, dynamics and timbre are used to provide powerful and complex stimulation to the cognitive processes.

  • Who are music psychotherapist?
  • Who can benefit from music psychotherapy?
  • Why choose music psychotherapy?
  • How does music psychotherapy work?
Who are music psychotherapist?

Psychotherapist are licensed mental health professional who help individuals improve their lives, develop deeper cognitive and emotional skills, reduce symptoms of mental illness and cope with various life challenges. Music psychotherapists are uniquely qualified professionals who are trained musicians and psychotherapists.

Who can benefit from music psychotherapy?

Individuals of various ages, cultural backgrounds and music abilities can participate in music psychotherapy. Clients do not need music skills to benefit from this type of therapy.

  • Individuals experiencing anxiety, depression or mental health disorders
  • Individuals coping with a serious illness, struggling with work or relationship issues
  • Individuals with substance abuse issues
  • Individuals struggling with the death of a loved one and more
Why choose music psychotherapy?

People who are not be able to experience other kinds of psychotherapies are often open to the benefits of music psychotherapy.  Classical Music provides a deeper connection with inner self.

How does music psychotherapy work?

Through listening, relaxing and then discussing their feelings after music session patients can recollect and apply their experience in their daily life in order to deal with certain situation.


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