Benefits of Music Therapy for Trauma & Mental Health

Emotional Goals

  • Addresses positive changes in emotional states
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem
  • Reduces agitation, aggression, stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Increases empowerment and control
  • Develops coping strategies
Mental Health Benefits of Music Therapy. Find Your Voice Music Therapy. Kingston, Ontario. Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Mental Health Benefits of Music Therapy. Find Your Voice Music Therapy. Kingston, Ontario. Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Spirituality & Identity Goals

• Enhances faith and spirituality
• Promotes creative and self expression when verbal and mental abilities may be deteriorating
• Provides support, acknowledgement, and validation of beliefs, values, thoughts, and ideas

Self and Community Connection Goals

• Promotes community, social interaction, and group cohesion
• Increases awareness to the environment and others
• Enhances social and emotional skills
• Decreases behaviour problems (ie. confusion, agitation, aggression, anxiety)
• Increases attention and focus through the structure in music
• Enhances turn taking, listening, and sharing skills
• Addresses academic and life skills

Mental Health Benefits of Music Therapy. Find Your Voice Music Therapy. Kingston, Ontario. Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Mental Health Benefits of Music Therapy. Find Your Voice Music Therapy. Kingston, Ontario. Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Physical Goals

  • Improves fine and gross motor skills
  • Improves mobility and coordination of movement
  • Enhances visual motor skills
  • Provides means of distraction and temporary relief from pain and discomfort
  • Increases relaxation and releases tension in the body

Cognitive Goals

  • Provides cognitive stimulation to multiple brain areas and neural pathways
  • Triggers release of hormones serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine
  • Enhances recall and language skills
  • Enhances visual perception and sensory processing
Mental Health Benefits of Music Therapy. Find Your Voice Music Therapy. Kingston, Ontario. Halifax, Nova Scotia.