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" (American Music Therapy Association).
Therapeutic interventions include active listening, verbal processing, singing, receptive music listening, music and imagery, lyric analysis, music with guided relaxation, and vocal/ instrumental improvisation. Evidence-based research indicates many benefits of music therapy, ranging from mood upliftment, emotional catharsis, improved mindfulness, to improved relationship skills, improved self-esteem, and improved coping skills. Music therapy can help with mood disorders, personality disorders, thought disorders, eating disorders, and cognitive disorders.
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