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Music has been used as a healing tool throughout history. Music therapy uses the natural mood-enhancing properties of music to help improve mental health and overall well-being. The psychological impacts of music are powerful and far-reaching, and music therapy programs have become renowned as highly effective mental health treatment programs for numerous mental health disorders and dual diagnosis treatment.

A music therapy program in Florida allows clients to participate in a creative and interactive approach to healing. No matter your level of musical talent or ability, our music therapy program can help you achieve your therapeutic goals. To learn more about how music therapy can be part of your holistic and comprehensive mental health treatment, reach out to Harmony Hills today. Use our online form or call 855.494.0357. We are available 24/7, so there is never a wrong time to reach out.

man enjoying a music therapy programWhat is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the evidence-based clinical use of music to achieve therapeutic goals and is led by a trained music therapist. Music therapy has a wide range of applications for mental health and dual diagnosis treatment and can include singing, playing instruments, composing, or listening to music. Individuals do not need musical talents or skills to receive the benefits of a music therapy program.

Formal music therapy was developed and implemented by the United States War Department in 1945 to help wounded service members during recuperation. Since then, it has been used in countless therapeutic milieus. Among the many benefits of music therapy are the following:

  • Development of coping skills to manage thoughts and feelings
  • Self-reflection and self-regulation
  • Increased motivation and happiness
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Pain management
  • Improved memory
  • Improved communication and social skills through experiencing music with others

For music therapy to benefit your recovery, all you need is to enjoy music and be open to its therapeutic qualities. A music therapy program brings an element of fun into the treatment process, and most clients look forward to it as a time to let go and enjoy themselves.

Research on the efficacy of music therapy suggests that its impact is far-reaching, including improving overall physical well-being, increasing motivation and engagement in treatment, and providing an outlet for emotional expression.

What to Expect in a Music Therapy Program in Florida

A professional music therapist at Harmony Hills will spend time getting to know you and your music preferences. Together, you will identify your challenges, strengths, and treatment goals. Your therapist will design appropriate music therapy sessions to meet these goals. Music therapy sessions might include:

  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Learning to play an instrument
  • Writing lyrics and composing music
  • Talking about the emotions music evokes
  • Exploring new music
  • Breathing exercises or meditation to music

Music triggers activity in the parts of the brain that release dopamine, the body’s natural pleasure chemical, which is part of why people enjoy music so much. Therapeutically, music reduces the stress, anxiety, and pain associated with trauma. Research has shown that music therapy can increase self-awareness and strengthen coping skills.

Discover the Music Therapy Program at Harmony Hills

The power of music to entertain is universal. Music can provide a wide range of coping skills like breathing techniques, relaxation, distraction, and emotional expression when used therapeutically. Practicing these strategies in music therapy enables people to draw on them more easily in times of need.

At Harmony Hills, we understand that mental health treatment should be enjoyable so that clients stay engaged. We offer many holistic therapies to supplement our evidence-based addiction and mental health treatment programs. Along with our music therapy program, we offer the following:

Here, clients can expect private, individualized treatment on our spectacular 80-acre rural campus, surrounded by the best nature has to offer. Respect and dignity are cornerstones of our programs. Call 855.494.0357 today to learn how music therapy and other programs can help you overcome your symptoms and lead the life you deserve.

Clinically Reviewed By:
Melinda Marino, LCSW, QS

Melinda Marino, LCSW, is a distinguished mental health professional based in Florida, boasting a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work from the prestigious University of Central Florida. With two decades of expertise in the field, and a decade of Licensed Expertise, Melinda's journey includes a pivotal two-year role at Harmony Hills, where she ascended from Clinical Director to the esteemed position of Executive Director within a year. Her exceptional leadership has not only fostered growth within the team and organization but also exemplifies her unwavering commitment to excellence. Beyond her professional endeavors, Melinda finds fulfillment as an avid Cheer Mom, balancing her dedication to her family with her passion for community engagement.