How Music Therapy Helps

What is Music Therapy and Why Does It Work?

Music therapy brings together the art, heart, and science of music within the therapeutic relationship

Music therapy is an allied healthcare profession which uses the power of music within a therapeutic relationship to create therapeutic change. Music therapy works because people are hardwired to respond to music. Our brains, bodies, and emotions get activated by music. Because of this hardwiring, music therapy can help people in spite of any physical or cognitive limitations they may have.

In order to develop music therapy goals and interventions, ongoing assessment and treatment planning is necessary. As a strengths-based therapeutic approach, board-certified music therapists (MT-BC) assess a person’s needs, as well as their strengths. From these assessments come the development of individualized treatment plans which provides therapeutic direction.

How Music Therapy Can Help You Enhance Your Mental Health and Well-Being

Thus, music therapy can help enhance mental health and well-being in different ways. For example, music therapy can serve as a means for:

Managing Feelings of Stress and Anxiety

Develop Skills to Effectively Manage Feelings of Stress and Anxiety

Through music therapy, it is possible to develop skills that will help you effectively manage feelings of stress and anxiety. These skills can involve the ability to identify emotions, gather clarity of thought, and gain perspective. This can be beneficial for people of all ages.

Developing Self-Regulation Skills and Self-Control

Improve Your Ability to Self-Regulate and Effectively Express Your Emotions

Through music therapy, you can improve your ability to self-regulate. At the same time, music therapy can also help develop self-control, attention, and focus. Because of this, young children and teens especially can benefit from music therapy because they are still developing these skills.

Creating Personal Meaning While Navigating Through Difficult Times

Make the Most From Challenges in Life and Experience Post-Traumatic Growth

Music therapy can help during difficult times regardless of how old you are. This is because it serves as a means of personal expression where words aren’t necessary. In this way, music therapy is accessible to those who have communication challenges. Through music therapy, you can begin moving through the pain in order to find personal meaning. At the same time, your feelings will be heard, witnessed, and supported by both the music therapist and through the music. This can be significant for many who haven’t felt heard much in their life.

Becoming Aware of the Life You Want to Live and Create

Gain Insights, Motivation, and Inspiration to Create Change in Your Life

The insights gained through music therapy can motivate and inspire you to create the changes you want to make in your life because it can help you tap into your own inner wisdom. It can also help you to acknowledge your own resourcefulness and skills. Such awarenesses will be further reinforced and supported by both the music therapist and through the music.

Perhaps for the first time in your life, you won’t feel alone on this journey. Because you won’t be alone.

For all of these reasons and more, music therapy can be a powerful means for addressing mental health. Above all, it is a motivating form of therapy that meets and accepts people where they are. While at the same time, doing so in a culturally-aware way that honors the uniqueness of each person.

Want to Experience It Yourself?

Faith Halverson-Ramos of SoundWell Music Therapy uses music to help people throughout the lifespan enhance their mental health and well-being

If you have further questions about music therapy or the services that SoundWell Music Therapy offers, you can contact me by email. Otherwise, I offer a free 30-minute consultation by phone or at my office that you can schedule here. During this consultation, we’ll talk more specifically about your situation and how I might be able to help you.