Music Therapy : Where Does It Stand?

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Music Therapy: Where Does It Stand?
When one needs psychotherapy, there are several options. Most people use one or more of these five types: body psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), existential psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), or relational psychotherapy (Jefferies). These are some of the most popular forms of psychotherapy, and most patients who use them are successful in healing or reaching a manageable state. Because of their famed efficiency and reliability, many people go straight to the aforementioned therapies and don’t consider other types. There are many other forms of psychotherapy that could potentially be as effective and reliable, considering their stats and patient outcomes. One of these is music therapy.
What is music therapy? 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” (“American Music…”). Music therapy is used to treat people with a wide variety of needs. It can be used to treat people with anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, trauma, schizophrenia, substance abuse problems, Alzheimer’s and/or dementia, stroke, and those that are speech impaired (Snell, Register, and Simpson). There are also several different methods of music therapy. These include music games, music listening, music with art, music assisted relaxation,
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