Music is all around us in its many forms and is an integral part of most people’s day. While we are unsure why most people report that music impacts their mood, the effects are evident. A particular song can make you feel happy, energetic, sad, nostalgic, relaxed, or angry. Thus, it should come as little surprise that music therapy has been studied and used in numerous therapeutic settings, from surgical units to mental health treatment. A music therapy program in Florida provides clients access to a creative, interactive, effective approach to managing mental health symptoms.
At Harmony Hills, we believe in the healing power of music for a wide array of mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and more. Reach out to us to learn how music therapy can be part of your holistic, comprehensive mental health treatment. Use our secure online form or call 855.494.0357.
How Does Music Therapy for Mental Health Work?
For music therapy to benefit your mental health treatment, 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.
Music therapy can be a medium for processing difficult emotions and a regulating or calming agent for mood dysregulation. Following are typical ways music therapy helps in mental health treatment:
Talking openly about complex thoughts, feelings, and experiences can be challenging. The lyric analysis offers a new and less-threatening way to process these things. A person can identify songs that correlate with their feelings or experiences through lyric analysis.
Improvisational Music Playing
Playing instruments can encourage emotional expression, exploration of therapeutic themes, and social connections with others. You do not need to be musically talented for this. It is more about how it makes you feel than how it sounds.
Much like journaling, songwriting can be a creative outlet that allows you to express your thoughts transparently. This process is both validating and helps to build self-worth.
The rhythmic and repetitive music patterns engage the neocortex within the brain, producing calm and reducing impulsivity. While listening to music that reflects your current mood can help explore your feelings, music therapy should encourage emotional growth, increase frustration tolerance, and improve communication skills.
Music therapy can be used in individual therapy but is frequently used in group therapy. The social nature of music encourages connections with others and provides opportunities to practice social skills, fostering healthy interpersonal relationships.
Music Therapy As Part of Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment
At Harmony Hills, we know that it takes hard work to overcome mental health disorders and understand that mental health treatment should be enjoyable so that clients stay engaged. We offer many holistic and experiential therapies to supplement our comprehensive mental health treatment programs. Along with our music therapy program, residents can enjoy:
- A gym and hiking trails
- Art therapy program
- Family therapy
- An Olympic-size swimming pool
- Wellness and fitness programs
- Basketball and volleyball courts
- Team-building outings
Here, you 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 which include:
- Anxiety treatment program
- Depression treatment program
- Narcissistic personality disorder treatment program
- PTSD treatment program
- Borderline personality disorder treatment program
- Bipolar disorder treatment program
- Heroes program
Contact Harmony Hills to Learn More About Mental Health Therapies
Mental health disorders impact each person differently, based on their unique makeup and life experiences. Comprehensive mental health treatment needs to draw from various mental health therapies to meet individual needs and goals. At Harmony Hills, we take the time to get to know you or your loved one to ensure effective individualized care. Call 855.494.0357 to learn more about your treatment options.