The authentic journey: an abstract
Abstract: The inability of a majority of adult clients involved in music psychotherapy to express themselves authentically is the motivating experience behind this thesis. The concept of "authentic expression" is first defined, then followed by a literary review of its presence in philosophy, psychotherapy in general and creative art therapies in particular. Authentic expression in music therapy -- its prerequisites, obstacles, characteristics and stages -- is then explored. Case studies (verbal descriptions as well as taped segments) involving four adults and one child illustrate the evolution of authentic expression during music therapy sessions.
Keyword(s): Authenticity, expression.