What is Music Therapy?
Music is a tool used in everyday life that can be impactful in many ways. Whether it is listening to it on your morning commute, listening to music for relaxation, or bonding with others over shared music interests, music is a universal language that has many beneficial purposes. It may come as no surprise that music is a great tool to utilize if you or a loved one are experiencing mental health concerns.
Music therapy is an evidence-based practice that uses research-based music interventions for non-musical goals. Music therapy has been shown to enhance cognitive, social, physical, and emotional skills as patient’s strive towards healing and wholeness in their life. Music has been proven to stimulate the entire brain and can be a non-invasive way to tap into one’s emotions and energize the brain in efforts to help patient’s reach their mental health goals.
"Music therapy can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort -- between demoralization and dignity."
Former President of the National Association for Music Therapy
Do I have to be a musician to do music therapy?
The beauty of music therapy is that it can be applied in a variety of ways to a variety of people that wish to utilize it for therapy. You do not have to be a musician to benefit from music therapy. The music used within a session is patient preferred, and a variety of approaches can be utilized. Sessions may include analyzing song lyrics, songwriting, active music making, and music for relaxation/mindfulness.
How can I get started?
Do you feel that music therapy would be a good fit for you or your child? Contact Covenant Family Solutions, LLC at 319-261-2292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to answer any questions and get you set up for an appointment or free consultation with one of our skilled providers!