Teen Music Therapy

If you have a teenager at home, you know that music is a big part of their lives. But did you know that music can also be used as therapy? Music therapy is a growing field, and it has shown to be a powerful tool that can help teenagers cope with a variety of mental health issues.

Understanding Teen Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy for Teenagers?

Music therapy is a form of therapy that uses music to help address the emotional and mental needs of teenagers. Music therapy can help teenagers cope with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, and trauma.
Teen music therapy can take many different forms, but it often includes activities such as songwriting, playing instruments, and listening to music. Music therapy for teenagers is usually provided by a trained music therapist who can tailor the therapy to meet the individual needs of each teenager.
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What to Expect in Teen Music Therapy

How Does Teen Music Therapy Work?

Different parts of the body correlate with specific vibrations. Musical frequency interacts with the body to mediate the energy flow, which can aid in the emotional healing process. Musical notes can also connect to various human memories.
A music therapist will work with your teenager to assess their needs and goals for their mental health. They will then create a treatment plan that includes specific music interventions. These interventions can be either active or passive. Active interventions involve playing and moving to music, while passive interventions mainly involve listening to music.
Music therapists will also help your teenager to process their emotions and thoughts through music. This can be done through discussions about the music, journaling, or creative visualization.

Teen Music Therapy Benefits

What Are the Benefits of Teen Music Therapy?

Several studies prove and support that music therapy helps people ease the symptoms and burdens of mental illnesses. Some of the specific benefits of music therapy include:
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Music has a way of calming the mind. Your teenager will learn how to use music to manage their stress and anxiety in a healthy way.

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Music therapy can help teenagers manage their anger. Through music, they will learn how to release their anger without acting out in a negative way.

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Music therapy can help your teen improve their self-confidence by allowing teens to trust their creative instincts through songwriting.

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Through music therapy teens will learn how to better express their feelings and emotions by describing how they feel about music to others.

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Music therapy allows teens to focus on the present and concentrate only on the instrument that they are learning to be successful.

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It can be difficult for teenagers to express their emotions through words. Music therapy provides a safe outlet to express themselves without judgment.

Teen Music Therapy by Key Healthcare

Music Therapy for Teenagers in Los Angeles, CA

Key Healthcare provides music therapy for teenagers as a part of our teen treatment programs. Teens will participate in individual and teen group therapy sessions that utilize music therapy to treat their mental health condition(s). To learn more about our intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential treatment for teens, and extended care programs, contact us today.

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