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Music Therapy and Counseling

Posted on: August 1st, 2019

Do you or your child enjoy listening to music or playing instruments?  Do you or your child appear to tune-in more to others or tasks when music is incorporated?  Do you or your child enjoy creating lyrics to songs, talking about songs, or singing?  

Do you or your child have difficulty with friendships, life changes, emotions, struggle in school, work, at home, or with other people?  If so, you or your child may be the perfect candidate for music therapy and counseling!  

Why Music?

It’s fun, enjoyable, and pleasurable.  It builds social connection and provides opportunities for safe expression of feelings, among other benefits.  Music can lower stress, release muscle tension, and promote relaxation.  It alleviates depression, anxiety, and is good for brain health.

What is Music Therapy?  

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.  

It is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for people who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.

How does music therapy benefit a counseling session?

In counseling, music is used to explore feelings and therapeutic issues, make positive changes to mood, improve coping skills, self-expression, decision-making, and leads to stronger family and peer relationships. For more on music therapy and mental health check out the following: https://www.musictherapy.org/assets/1/7/MT_Mental_Health_2006.pdf

When is it time to seek a music therapist who practices counseling?

It’s never too late to get help and support.  Perhaps your or your child’s concerns are just beginning to interfere with daily life, or perhaps these concerns have persisted for a while, or you’ve tried other forms of therapy and did not feel it was a good fit.  Moving your life forward sometimes takes a different approach.

Where can you find a music therapist who practices counseling?  

Sound Health Counseling Solutions, located in York, PA, integrates music, the creative arts, counseling, and mindful action, providing hope and solutions for you or your child.  You can find us on Facebook.

You can also contact the American Music Therapy Association to contact a music therapist near you.

Who practices music therapy and counseling?

Laura Tauzin, located in York, PA, is a board-certified music therapist and licensed professional counselor.  You can contact her at www.soundhealthcounseling.com