For many people it’s not easy to make the decision to start seeing a therapist. Our culture and society tells us that we should be able to handle life on our own and not ask for help. Even in the 21st century, struggling with mental health issues carries a certain stigma. We simply don’t talk about it as readily as we do a broken leg or a heart condition. “I saw my therapist this morning” doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily as “I saw my doctor about my diabetes.” The truth is that there is no shame or weakness in seeking out help when there is a problem. We take our car to the mechanic and our taxes to an accountant, and our mental health should be no different.
Music can powerfully change a life, and music therapy can be an effective way of dealing with and managing your mental health issues. I know this from the experiences of those clients I’ve been honored to work with. It might sound unconventional to think about incorporating music as part of your therapy regimen. However, it’s been used this way for centuries. Over the past 65 years, research has shown that music is effective at helping people manage depression, anxiety, and stress. Studies have also found that pain, grief, and a wide variety of other problems can be effectively treated with music. Do you find yourself fitting into one of those categories? Then music therapy might be right for you.
As a music therapist with almost 20 years of experience, there is still much I don’t know. I am constantly learning all the time– from life and from my clients. I can’t promise that I’ll have all the answers to your questions or problems. However, I promise that I’ll do my very best to help you in a non-judgmental and accepting way. We will work together as a team in accomplishing your goals. Contact me today and find out how music can help you!