Music Therapy

In music therapy, a therapist uses music to address physical, emotional, and social needs of an individual. Listening and creating music within a therapeutic context allows individuals to express themselves in nonverbal ways. The interplay of melody, harmony, and rhythm stimulate the senses of a person and promote calmness by slowing down the breath, heart rate, and other bodily functions. Musical engagement, especially when combined with talk therapy, boosts levels of the hormone dopamine, which plays a role in the reward-motivation behavior. It has been seen to be a very important therapeutic tool for dealing with psychological aspects of alcoholism/addiction. Phoenix is a pioneer in using Music Therapy. The kind of music used is usually tailored to the needs of the patient. It is common to employ several combinations of music.