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Music in Psychotherapy
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How do you feel when you listen to your favorite song?

Favorite songs make you feel different. You can experience something more real, deeper and more eclectic.  It’s like a secret passage into your mind – your hidden feelings, your thoughts and ways of your being. So, if we could use only a couple of words to describe all the written words above, it will be – THE POWER OF MUSIC.

 

Song as therapy session

When it comes to therapy, music is one of the most powerful tools one person could use in order to feel better. Actually, some studies have shown that listening to a favorite song is like a three minute therapy session. It connects you to a deeper level without you knowing how it happened. The only “piece of the puzzle” missing is being able to integrate the experience into your life. Although music in therapy is often used to promote mental and emotional health, it may also help improve quality of life for people dealing with some serious mental health problems such as depression or anxiety.

 

Psychotherapy and Music

One of the main goals of using music in therapy session is to help relieve patient’s anxiety or stress. It can also improve a patient’s mood or quality of life. A number of research shows that every patient could be able to benefit from music therapy, no matter of his or her musical abilities. If you are curious which type of music you should listen in order to help yourself, here is one helpful article in which you can even find publicly available playlists. Great, don’t you think?

Benefits of music in psychotherapy

Now, let’s talk about benefits of music in psychotherapy sessions.  From depression to positive heart health, music is powerful answer to many of your questions.

 

Autism

It is a brain disorder that usually causes significant developmental issues. It affects social interaction and communication. People with this diagnose, suffer from behavior problems that simply make the everyday life a real struggle. However, autistic people in most cases have high interest in music. Therefore, with music as a therapy, people with autism diagnose are capable of counteracting the symptoms and improve their verbal and non-verbal forms of communication.

 

Development of the fetus

Quite often, you will find pregnant women playing music to their baby and there is a perfect reason for that. There are numerous researches which point out that if your baby hears music while still in the womb, it will have a much better neonatal behavior. Likewise, a whole bunch of other benefits are included, such as gaining weight faster, better appetite, slower hearth rate, better sleeping patterns, and even enhanced cognitive abilities.

 

Depression

 

Even though the number of people that suffer from depression is high, the majority of them don’t actually ask for help. This is why it’s important to know that physical health directly depends on the mental health and that in order to have a healthy body, you must take care of your mind.

So, how can you help your mind with music as therapy and help your body as well? Well, for starters, your depression symptoms such as the “blues” will significantly reduce, so will your heart rate and breathing rate. Even your blood pressure will improve if you allow your mind and body to relax with classic music.

 

 Healthy heart

Even though you might not be aware of it, your body responds to music. In fact, it has a very positive influence on your heart rate and the levels of your blood pressure. When you kind of think about it, it makes complete sense as each time you listen to music, you become happier, relaxed, and the stress just fades away. This is all excellent for your heart as it will beat slower and stay healthy.

What should you do?

For the start, create your personal chill playlist, according to your favorite genres and songs. It is a fun and easy way to reduce stress and boost your energy and positive emotions. Make a notes every day: although music can help you manage pain, fight stress and find comfort, it is important to notice which songs affects you the most – in a positive way. At the end – if you are not so sure which music suits you the most, it is always a good idea to contact music therapist who will evaluate your music taste and interests and make great recommendations just for you.