There’s no denying that music can impact us in a variety of ways, from conjuring up nostalgic memories and lightening our moods to reducing stress and helping us connect with one another. So it should come as no surprise that music can be a powerful treatment and healing method for people with mental health needs. Music therapy has become a more recognized option for emotion and mood regulation, physical health, psychological stability, mental health and more.

According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is “an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals.” Music therapy has proven to be an effective treatment for a myriad of physical ailments as well as psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and schizophrenia.

What are the benefits of music therapy?

  • Research has shown that listening to music engages your brain, slowing cognitive decline and increasing memory function.
  • Music therapy patients can express themselves more freely, sometimes “verbalizing” feelings through song lyrics to help them describe particular events or emotions.
  • Music therapy encourages connection, helping patients foster growth in relationships and interactions with loved ones and the world around them.
  • Music therapy can help with self-reflection, allowing patients the space to understand how and why they feel a particular way.
  • Music can help patients relax, destress, and experience joy and connection.
The power of music is clear — and working with a music therapist is one effective way to take advantage of the many benefits music can have on your body, mind, and overall health.

The Power — and Joy — of Music Therapy