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Music Therapy

Music therapy is one type of evidence-based treatment that many mental health and addiction treatment centers use. Here at Sylvia Brafman, we offer this treatment to help improve our clients’ lives in many ways. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or a mental health disorder, reach out to our team today to get started with music therapy services.

Defining Music Therapy

Music therapy is when music is clinically used to help people achieve their goals such as improving mood, reducing stress or expressing themselves. It is evidence-based and popular in the mental health and physical health communities. This type of therapy involves playing instruments, singing along to music, creating songs and listening to music. People don’t have to be musicians in order to participate in this service.

Music Therapy Benefits

There are numerous ways that you or your loved one can benefit from music therapy including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Improving memory
  • Develop a better sense of control
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Self-reflection
  • Enhancing social and communication skills
  • Self-regulation
  • Pain management
  • Developing better motivation
  • Increasing joy in life
  • Dealing with withdrawal symptoms and cravings
  • Managing flashbacks
  • Reduce isolation
  • Help you deal with repressed memories
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve physical activity

These are just a few of the many different benefits of music therapy. If you haven’t tried music therapy before or you would like to try it again, please reach out to our Sylvia Brafman team today.

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Outpatient or Inpatient Music Therapy

Here at Sylvia Brafman, we want to make sure that everyone gets the opportunity to benefit from music therapy. Whether you are attending an outpatient or inpatient treatment program, you can participate in this treatment options. If you are attending an outpatient program here at Sylvia Brafman, you can come during the daytime hours to take part in our music therapy sessions. Sometimes, we offer these as individual sessions and sometimes, they are group therapy sessions. If you are taking part in intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization or inpatient treatment, you can stay at our center for a bit or all day and take part in these therapy sessions while you are here.

Music Therapy and Mental Health or Addiction Issues

If you are looking into music therapy, you may already have a good idea of what mental health or addiction issues it can help with. However, we still want to make sure that you and others are aware of many issues that can be overcome or managed with the help of this type of therapy. Some of the issues that we can help you to manage through music therapy include:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Behavior disorders
  • Trauma
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • ADHD

If you have any of these mental health or addiction disorders, feel free to reach out to our Sylvia Brafman team today. We want to start getting you the help you need.

Things to Discuss in Music Therapy

There are many things that we may discuss with you while you are attending or before you begin your music therapy sessions such as:

  • Physical health
  • Emotional well-being
  • Social functioning
  • Perceptual/motor skills
  • Physiological responses
  • Communication abilities
  • Trauma history
  • Triggers or cravings
  • Musical skills or background
  • Cognitive skills
  • Musical preferences
  • Physical or mental abilities

If you are uncomfortable talking about any of these things, please let your therapist know. We want to make sure you are comfortable and transition well into the treatments, including with music therapy.

What You Do During Your Music Therapy Sessions

If you have never been to music therapy before, it may be helpful to know more about what you will do during these sessions. Some of the things you might do include:

  • Creating music (writing lyrics, composing music or making up songs with other people)
  • Singing (using your voice to express yourself through music)
  • Listening to music (exploring different songs and lyrics)
  • Discussing lyrics (how they affect you and what they mean)
  • Playing instruments (using instruments to help express yourself)

The things you do in one session may vary from what you do in the next session.

Recovery and Outlook for Music Therapy Clients

If you do attend music therapy and work in your program, you can expect many or all of the benefits above. Being that this is an evidence-based program, there are many ways it can positively impact your cognitive, mental, emotional and physical abilities and skills.

Start Using Music Therapy to Positively Impact Your Life Today

Do you like the sound of the benefits mentioned above? Do you struggle with addiction or mental health issues? If so, contact us today, here at Sylvia Brafman, to start using music therapy to positively impact your life beginning right away.

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