What Is Music Therapy

“Music therapy is the specialized use of music by a credentialed professional who develops individualized treatment and supportive interventions for people of all ages and ability levels to address their social, communication, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory, and spiritual needs.”  – Certification Board for Music Therapists

Music therapy is an established health care intervention method that is recognized as a valuable treatment option by many, including the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the Dept. of Defense, and the Dept. of Health and Human Services.  

Music therapy is a powerful, non-invasive, and non-pharmacological medium capable of unique outcomes. It is accessible to all and can be used with individuals, groups, or families. Clients need no prior music training to receive services but benefit by active engagement in the therapeutic process that may include creating, learning, listening to, or performing music.

After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the music therapist designs and implements a wide variety of music therapy based on the:

  • best available evidence from research and clinical literature

  • therapist’s training, expertise, and specializations

  • the client’s needs and preferences

The effectiveness of treatment is determined through continued assessment and evaluation of the client’s progress towards therapy goals.  Want to learn more?  Schedule a session with our certified music therapist, Rachel.

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