Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional, who has completed an approved music therapy program. At ASC, music therapy is utilized as a successful adjunct to other treatment services for clients to express themselves in a safe and secure environment.
Goals include, but are not limited to: emotional expression, building positive coping skills, exploring personal feelings and therapeutic issues such as self-esteem or personal insight, making positive changes in moods and emotional states, having a sense of control over life through successful experiences, interacting socially with others, developing independence and decision making skills, and adopting positive forms of behavior. Goals are addressed through the use of live musical play, including playing instruments, singing, song writing, musical improvisation, lyrical analysis, music listening, music and mindfulness, and other interventions. At every session, clients are asked how the song or experience relates to their recovery and how music can be used as a tool or agent of change in their current stage of the recovery process.