Research shows the benefits of music therapy for various mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, affective disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, addiction, and more. Music therapy can also be effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and impaired thought processing. Music acts as a medium for processing emotions, but can also be utilized as a regulating for calming agent for those with anxiety or dysregulation. The flexible and supportive nature of music therapy allows for a comfortable, non-threatening, and creative environment.
In both individual and group settings, Music Therapy sessions with these populations often include, but are not limited to:
1. Lyric Analysis - provides an opportunity for individuals to identify song lyrics that may correlate with experiences that may be difficult for them to express through traditional talk therapy.
2. Music Improvisation - encourages emotional expression, socialization, and explores therapeutic themes in a way that prompts further group discussion
3. Music Listening - using preferred music either to match current mood state and create a grounding experience, or to transition the individual to a more positive or calm mood state
4. Songwriting - creating lyrics to reflect thoughts and experiences, selecting sounds and instruments that reflect those emotions, and creating opportunities for self-expression and building self-worth in a positive and rewarding way
Music Therapy with Mental Health populations can be used to address positive social interactions and relationships, emotional expression and processing, relaxation, insight, ordered thinking and problem-solving, physical activity, improve self-esteem, and promote feelings of health and well-being. We are proud to be a provider of services to the mental health/addiction population which includes grief support. Recently, The George Center was featured on CNN in adolescent grief support, check out that article HERE!