MUSIC THERAPY AND THE POWERS OF USING MUSIC AS A
“Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.”
~ American Music Therapy Association
Populations frequently served through music therapy:
- Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
- Individuals with dementia / Alzheimer’s disease
- Physical rehabilitation
- Individuals with special needs including but not exclusive to: genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Williams Syndrome and others; cognitive impairments; developmental disabilities; learning disabilities; non-verbal learning disorders; and ADHD.
- Wellness including but not exclusive to: finding balance in life, motivation for exercise, empowerment, relaxation and improved self-esteem.
- Mental Health needs including but not exclusive to: individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and low self-esteem and/or self-image.
- Medical including but not exclusive to: non-pharmacological pain management, reduced nausea, and improved mood while in hospital affecting outcomes of procedures.
Feel free to browse through some FACTS SHEETS from our national organization on music therapy and different populations.
So, as you can see, Music Therapy is utilized with numerous populations ~ and as a music therapist, I love to work with music therapy for wellness, utilizing music as a tool for individuals with special needs, building academic skills, enhancing social skills, learning different expressive techniques and coping techniques to assist in emotional regulation (for both youth and adults), and using music therapy techniques to assist in improving mood, increasing motivation and reducing anxiety.
These are just a few areas that Sara Devine MT-BC, LCSW, owner and primary therapist at Expressive Therapies LLC, has more than 13 years of experience working with as a Board Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker!
Please browse this website to learn more about music therapy, Expressive Therapies LLC and what we can offer the Fox Valley.