Music Therapy is Universal

  • Laura Teutsch
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There is no doubt that the changes inflicted upon us by this worldwide pandemic have caused an increase in the number of people who are struggling with their mental health.  And many people are turning to the creative arts as a way to cope.  Whether it’s visual arts, dance, creative writing, or music, “art has always been therapeutic.  But its healing qualities are being rediscovered as lockdowns of varying severity leave many disoriented, disheartened and despairing, leading to a surge in cases of anxiety and depression.” (The Times of India, July 26, 2020)

I am fascinated by the universality of the healing power of music, so I have been tracking news from around the world that covers the wonderful opportunities in music therapy, and I just came across this wonderful article.

Sakshi Virmani, from The Times of India, spoke with artists and clinical music therapists alike to gain an understanding of how the arts have been used to reduce stress, promote emotional awareness and grounding, and provide opportunities for strengthening interpersonal relationships.  “Music therapy, specifically in these trying times, can provide emotional grounding and calm.  It can also help build a healthy sense of interpersonal connection even though we are required to exercise physical distancing in our daily and work lives”.   

The arts, and music in particular, have a way of connecting us with ourselves, with others, and with humanity.  Many people take advantage of the healing effects of the arts informally with much success as they navigate their inner creative world that is so connected to their emotions.  Others find that the help of a trained music or creative arts therapist can facilitate the connection between their creativity and their emotions, can support the expression of those emotions in ways that language cannot.

A music therapist will work with you to gain an understanding of the current, and ever changing, state of your mental health.  And then together you will set your goals and commence work towards them, whether it’s to understand and cope with difficult emotions, reduce anxiety, promote awareness of interpersonal relationship patterns, or any of a wide range of therapeutic goals.