Analytically-oriented music therapy in a case of generalized anxiety disorder
Journal/Book: Music Therapy Perspectives. 1987; 4: 51-55.
Abstract: Presents the case of a 31-yr-old male violist suffering from anxiety neurosis. A 69-wk course of individual music therapy that emphasized the interrelationship between musical problems and unconscious psychological conflicts and the importance of dealing with underlying symbolic content in the music therapy transaction led to the resolution of the S's career dilemma. ABSTRACT 2: This paper describes the course of intensive individual music therapy, covering 69 weekly sessions, with an adult musician who was referred by a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. The patient was extremely sophisticated in both music and psychology. Emphasis is on the close interrelationship between musical problems and unconscious psychological conflicts, the importance of dealing with underlying symbolic content in the music therapy transaction, the facilitation of separation/individuation processes, the linking of emergent ego strengths with creative problem-solving, and how these combined elements led to the resolution of the client's career dilemma.
Note: Using Smart Source Parsing analytically oriented music therapy; 31 yr old male violist with anxiety neurosis; case report
Keyword(s): Music therapy; artists ; anxiety neurosis; analytical psychotherapy; case report; adulthood. music-therapy, psychodynamic, analytic, musician, individual-music-therapy, anxiety, anxiety-disorders.