Music Therapy in a Transactional Analysis Setting
Abstract: The purpose of this paper was to apply music therapy concepts to those of Transactional Analysis (TA) and to analyze therapy sessions in which music was used with a TA orientation. The main focus was on the sequentially arranged, musically structured experiences as prepared for TA Permission Classes. Parallels between music therapy statements and TA statements were drawn suggesting that music as a physiological language and a psychological language has the potential to: cathect the Child ego state; provide a structure for stroking, fun, permission, awareness, and intimacy; and serve as a unifying factor in a session designed to deal with the problem of structuring time.
Keyword(s): music-therapy, music-therapy-sessions, transactional-analysis.