A cognitive approach to therapy through music
Journal/Book: Journal of Music therapy. 1987; Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. National Association for Music Therapy 8455 Colesville Rd., Suite 930 20910 Silver Spring, Maryland USA. journal article.
Abstract: The client brings to bear his values, attitudes, and beliefs to each life situation-the music therapy experience not withstanding. Each music therapy session is a cognitive microcosm of the manner in which the client has learned to manipulate himself or herself into his or her disturbance. Conceptualizing the music therapy process in this manner, the therapist has a unique opportunity to assist the client in defining, discriminating, debating, and refuting self-defeating irrational beliefs about music-related behavior, i.e., abilities, capabilities and preferences. This cognitive model of music therapy provides the client with an adaptive, behavioral framework to assist him or her in dealing with present, and avoiding future, self-imposed disturbances.
Keyword(s): cognitive, cognitive-therapy, cognitive-processes, music, music-therapy, irrationality.