Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional (MT-BC) who has completed an approved music therapy program. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005)
What are some ways in which music therapy can benefit those with substance abuse/addictions and/or PTSD?
Music therapy can provide a safe environment to help develop and enhance self-expression skills through lyric analysis, song-composition, and fill-in-the-blank songs, to name a few.
Learning to play an instrument can enable someone with PTSD to be more self-present, and self-aware. Learning an instrument can also help in the development of self-esteem.
Playing a wind instrument can aid in mastering proper breathing techniques.
Singing or performing in an ensemble can promote group interaction and lessen isolation.
Listening and moving to music (such as signing a song) can help encourage relaxation and minimize anxiety.