My name is Meghan Hinman, and I am a music psychotherapist. I m very excited to be joining the Brooklyn Letters team and to be contributing my first blog entry. Music therapy is widely misunderstood, and I thought the best way to start writing about it here would be to address some of the typical questions and misconceptions about my field that tend to come up.
For most people, the idea of music being therapeutic seems pretty logical. But did you know that music therapists are highly educated professionals with specialized, standardized training Music therapists in New York state are licensed psychotherapists (meaning you can go see one, just as you might go see a psychologist for private psychotherapy, and your insurance company might pay for it). The potential benefits of this modality are much greater than most people realize.
Concepto err?neo #1: Un musicoterapeuta es una persona que aparece con un iPod y le dice qu? canciones debe escuchar.
This couldn t be farther from the truth! Music therapists are musicians (required to be proficient on piano, guitar, and voice, plus music theory, sight-singing, conducting…) who usually utilize live, active music making with their clients. When recorded music is used (which isn t typical), a music therapy session is still grounded in the interaction between therapist and client, and encapsulates much more than just listening to songs.
Concepto err?neo #2: Tienes que ser m?sico para beneficiarte de la musicoterapia.
Music therapy is not about performing or having a certain level of musicianship skills– it is simply about being human. In music psychotherapy sessions, there is often a focus on talk therapy or therapeutic play and sometimes very little actual music is used.
Concepto err?neo #3: La musicoterapia puede ser facilitada por cualquier persona.
It's true that everyone is capable of using music in a therapeutic way, but music therapy is a career field that has standardized training, just like medicine, law, social work, or any other professional career. A music therapist is someone who has earned a four-year bachelors degree or two-year masters degree (or both!) from a music therapy university program; there are more than 70 schools around the United States with such programs. There are other practitioners who have been trained in using music to help people (music practitioners, harp therapists, music thanatologists), and they can do wonderful things with music, but only music therapy requires university-level training that includes psychology, human development, and the therapeutic use of music. In New York state, the LCAT (licensed creative arts therapist) license protects consumers by guaranteeing that music therapy licensees are highly trained and competent to practice psychotherapy.
Concepto err?neo #4: La musicoterapia es algo nuevo.
The idea of music as a tool for healing is as old as music itself– however, music therapy as a modern career field actually began after the second World War, serving veterans for whom talk therapy and other forms of rehabilitation just weren t enough. The first music therapy university training program was founded in the midwest in the 1940 s, and the first national governing body for music therapists was founded in 1950.
Concepto err?neo #5: La musicoterapia es divertida, pero no es ?til para abordar problemas graves.
Sometimes it's true that participating in music therapy can be fun– but the word fun is somewhat misleading. The inherent qualities of music, including its structure, predictability, familiarity, the way we feel it in our bodies, and its potential for voicing a range of emotions, are what helps to make serious issues easier to tackle through and with the music than they might be otherwise. That s why a child who has never been able to say I m sad that my parents got divorced can sing those same words with the support of the music and music therapist. It's why a teenager who has refused to talk to any therapist before is suddenly opening up around discussions of her favorite music. And it's why an adult who complains, I can't get out of my head chooses a music psychotherapist to help him investigate his feelings of depression and anxiety.
Concepto err?neo #6: La musicoterapia es solo para ni?os.
Music therapy is a wonderful intervention for children, as it easily works hand in hand with play therapy. Play and creativity come naturally to many children, and they lack the inhibitions that adults tend to bring to the table when it comes to the arts. Most children don't worry about whether they are singing or playing an instrument right, they re just thrilled to be engaging in the process! But music reaches adults too, and powerfully so– just in different ways. Think of how Beethoven, Bernstein, and the Beatles have moved adults and changed the world with their music. Why should such a powerful tool be reserved only for children Music engages the emotional centers of the brain– the ones that are hard to access through cognitive processes such as talking and analyzing– and this makes it an ideal modality for adults and families, in addition to children, when a psychotherapy intervention is needed. What the actual therapy process looks and feels like in session is very different for children than it is for adults, just like in any psychotherapy modality.
Concepto err?neo #7: La musicoterapia es una terapia de la nueva era.
Hay musicoterapeutas que se considerar?an parte del movimiento de la nueva era, pero la musicoterapia es un campo amplio con una gran variaci?n entre sus profesionales. Hay musicoterapeutas enfocados en las aplicaciones neurol?gicas y de rehabilitaci?n de la musicoterapia, en las aplicaciones escolares y de educaci?n especial, en las aplicaciones recreativas y relacionadas con la terapia de actividades, en las aplicaciones de modificaci?n del comportamiento y refuerzo positivo, y en las aplicaciones psicodin?micas y emocionales de la musicoterapia. .
Concepto err?neo #8: Music therapists are not real therapists.
Music therapists are recognized members of interdisciplinary treatment teams in schools and many types of facilities throughout the country and the world. In New York, they are also qualified with the LCAT license to provide private psychotherapy services. If you re curious, pursue treatment– or just a process of self-discovery– with me or another music psychotherapist. You'll learn how real a therapeutic tool music can be, and the unique therapeutic expertise that music therapists have to offer.
Meghan es un terapeuta licenciado en artes creativas y musicoterapeuta certificado por la junta con m?s de diez a?os de experiencia trabajando con beb?s, ni?os, adolescentes y adultos. En su pr?ctica privada en Brooklyn, incorpora psicolog?a profunda, psicoterapia vocal y musicoterapia profunda para trabajar con ni?os y adultos que luchan con la p?rdida en sus vidas y con aquellos que buscan una forma creativa de comprenderse a s? mismos. Su estilo de terapia est? dirigido por el cliente y se centra en la autoexpresi?n a trav?s de la m?sica y / o el proceso creativo. Puede comunicarse con ella en: email@example.com o por tel?fono al 646-450-1644. www.brooklynlearning.com
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