One of the questions I’m frequently asked is if music therapy is a good treatment choice for trauma and/or PTSD. Yes! Several decades of research supports the use of music therapy in treating trauma, PTSD, and other crisis situations. In fact, music therapy traces its’ roots back to helping WWII soldiers in military hospitals recover from their injuries (both physical and psychological).
Here are some common symptoms of trauma:
Research has shown that music therapy can provide:
Music therapy is regularly used as a way to help manage stress and cope with difficult situations. Studies in neuroscience have suggested that music can help the brain rewire itself to learn new skills and/or re-program old pathways into new ones. Music can’t erase old memories, but it can possibly help you to see them from a different perspective.
If you’re curious about how music therapy or GIM can help you, please feel free to contact me. I’m always happy to answer your questions!
~Stephanie Bolton, MA, MT-BC, FAMI