Music Therapy & Psychotherapy
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is an evidence-based discipline in which Certified Music Therapists (MTAs) use music purposefully within the therapeutic relationship to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains. Tools used in music therapy can include but are not limited to: song writing, lyric analysis, clinical improvisation, music-based mindfulness, and song listening.
What is Psychotherapy?
According to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, the practice of psychotherapy is the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication. Goals in psychotherapy can include increased self-awareness, changes in emotions and attitudes, developing healthy relationships, and gaining insight into the self.
What is Music-Centered Psychotherapy?
Music-Centered Psychotherapy is an approach to therapy that blends the verbal and non-verbal elements of music therapy and verbal counselling to achieve clinical goals. Musical and verbal tools are used to address emotional and spiritual challenges that an individual may not be ready to address immediately.