Music therapy is a proven and effective way for many different groups of people to reduce stress, improve communication, and release endorphins. This helps relieve symptoms related to conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), substance abuse, dementia illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, and psychiatric disorders (including major depression) which can lead to suicidal thoughts if left untreated.
According to the American Music Therapy Association music therapy is defined as 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.”
Through this practice, therapists work with people who are receiving treatment for various mental health conditions to help articulate difficult feelings, encourage relaxation, build connections, and create a creative outlet for excess emotions.
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The value of music therapy is versatile and can be applied in many different ways. It’s often used in an individual form of treatment, but also gets used in outpatient or group settings.
Some benefits of music therapy at the Mental Health Center of San Diego are: