Music as a Tool: Using Music Therapy for Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Insights from a case study on music therapy for an individual with complex post-traumatic stress disorder  

What do you turn to when you are burdened by your trauma but talking seems “pointless”? For Ali, a psychiatric hospital patient living with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the answer is music. Through having the freedom to improvise, create his own music, and express himself through music, Ali could share his feelings and story of his relational trauma without words. Creating music with his music therapist, Ali experienced comfort and increased abilities to connect with others in relationships and manage his emotions.   Music therapists Oda Dypvik Bjørke and Bolette Daniels Beck discuss these, among other outcomes of Ali’s participation in music therapy, in their research report of their case study with Ali. Besides describing the benefits of music therapy for Ali, this case study provides a detailed account of what complex PTSD is, and why music therapy is an appropriate treatment option for complex PTSD, providing the basis for future research into music therapy for individuals who have experienced traumatic events. For the full article, click here.

Published : January 26, 2024