Music Therapy for
Mental Health Needs
Music therapy is a fun and motivating way to engage in therapeutic treatment. Music therapy for clients with mental health concerns uses musical interaction as a means of communication and expression. The aim of therapy is to help individuals develop relationships and address issues they may not be able to address using words alone. The music therapist is able to meet the client where they are, through the music, to help bring them to where they want to be.
Types of Mental Health Needs
Mental health is a broad category that includes the wellbeing of a person’s psychological and emotional state. A person can receive a mental health related diagnosis when a behavioral and mental pattern is significantly distressful or impacts a person’s daily functioning. At Dynamic Lynks, we specialize in using music therapy to encourage overall wellbeing for our clients and to address mental health diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more.
*As defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition
Treatment of Mental Health needs through
Music Therapists study how the brain and body respond to specific music interventions to produce measurable, positive changes in our clients. Music Therapists create individualized musical experiences to support different emotional states such as using music to relax, decreasing anxiety, improving positive affect, increasing self-esteem, and a variety of other goal areas.
In individual sessions, our therapists use a variety of evidence-based interventions to target these goals such as lyric analysis, improvisational instrument play, music-assisted relaxation, and more. Our therapists are able to use these interventions to facilitate emotional expression that may be difficult to talk about using words alone. Clients also gain take-home resources and tools to help improve their daily lives.
In group sessions, our therapists use a variety of music therapy techniques and protocols to provide meaningful interactions between participants while exploring emotional experiences. Having a sense of social connectedness is an important aspect of mental health. Music is inherently a social activity and, with the guidance of a music therapist, we are able to target more specific skills to improve the quality of an individual’s social and emotional wellbeing.