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Resiliency: Therapeutic Approaches

This LibGuide provides materials on different types of therapy.

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the interaction between a therapist, a client(s), and the use of music (Music Therapy Association of BC, 2024). According to the American Music Therapy Association (2024), "Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up."

Music therapy can be used in a variety of settings and populations. Additionally, healthy individuals can also benefit from music therapy. Healthy individuals can use music for stress reduction via active music making, such as drumming, as well as passive listening for relaxation. Music is often a vital support for physical exercise or can be used for women during labor (AMTA, 2024).


American Music Therapy Association. (2024). FAQ's.

Music Therapy Association of BC. (2024). How does music therapy work?

Materials about Music Therapy

Music Therapy and Mental Health | Lucia Clohessy | TEDxWCMephamHigh by TEDx Talks

We listen to music to get pumped up about something, to find personal peace, to sympathize and allow our emotions an outlet. It makes sense that music therapy would help us to heal and thrive in the most difficult times of our lives. Lucia focuses on how music today and throughout history helps mental wellness. Lucia Clohessy is a professional singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and published poet from New York City, but true harmony occurs when Lucia is using her music to help others. A graduate of the Music Therapy and Psychology program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Lucia hopes to one day open her own mental health and substance abuse treatment facility that incorporates alternative therapies in the process of healing. Lucia is presently pursuing her certification as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, and currently serves as a music therapy intern with the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Additionally, Lucia is the co-founder of The Nicky Clohessy #18 Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings awareness to the prescription drug epidemic. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

TEDx Talks. (2018, June 14). Music therapy and mental health | lucia clohessy | tedxwcmephamhigh [Video]. YouTube.

Trauma and Music Therapy: Let the Healing Begin | Karla Hawley | TEDxSnoIsleLibraries by TEDx Talks

In this TEDx talk, Karla Hawley shares how a nostalgic piece of music helped her address and overcome the pain of childhood abuse. Her work as certified music therapist with the Snohomish County Music Project gives her a unique perspective on the role of music to help individuals, families and groups suffering from trauma find peace.

TEDx Talks. (2017, January 4). Trauma and music therapy: Let the healing begin | karla hawley | tedx snoIslelibraries [Video]. YouTube.