What Is Music Psychotherapy?

The following video was captured at Temple University’s music department:

Music Psychotherapy addresses many therapy-related issues, such as:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma & Grieving
  • Abandonment
  • Abuse
  • Life, Relationship, or Job Issues
  • Transitions

Many people come to music psychotherapy after trying verbal therapy, because they still have ongoing challenges or issues that went unresolved with traditional verbal therapy methods.

A large reason why music psychotherapy is different than traditional verbal therapy is because, often, deep experiences and emotions cannot be expressed using words alone. Sometimes there simply are no words. Music can be a way for people to find their way through the darkness.

Do I need to be talented in music?

Music is a universal language and no particular talents in music are required for music psychotherapy to be right for you.

Many clients of music psychotherapy have a deep connection to music in other parts of their lives. Music allows them to meet their emotions and process experiences in a very safe, loved space within their minds. However, many of our clients do not have musical experience, per say.

Are sessions all based on music?

Music psychotherapy can be a combination of verbal therapy and music. Sessions will have varying balances of music and verbal, based on the desires of the client and what would most help them that day.