NONVERBAL, ART, AND MUSIC THERAPY IN LGBT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREAMTENT

Art and Music therapy are types of nonverbal therapy that create different avenues of exploration that can’t be accomplished through “talk therapy.” It also promotes neuroplasticity, which actually heals the brain.

HOW DO NONVERBAL, ART, AND MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAMS HELP IN LGBT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT?

At Open Out, we believe that art and music therapy are a very important part of our treatment program. These nonverbal forms of therapy allow clients to access emotions and feelings that cannot be accessed by simply talking to a therapist. This therapy also allows the client to take a mental break while still being therapeutic. Our clients are given the opportunity to express themselves in a relaxing environment and we believe that this makes our treatment program more well-rounded and beneficial to the client.

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Types Of Nonverbal Therapy

Art Therapy

Art and music therapy access the brain in very much the same way. New levels of understanding can often be attained by simply making a collage, a drawing, or a mask of our dreams and stressors that words alone cannot reach.

 

Music Therapy

Music has a unique way of accessing our emotions that is not found in any other artistic medium. Songs have a way of shooting straight to our heart and spirit and skipping right past our thought process. Music has been shown to help people recognize and deal with difficult feelings by breaking through their defenses and making connections within them that only music can make.

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What is done during Music therapy?

  • There are a variety of ways that music therapy can be implemented into the therapeutic environment, including writing, playing, and listening to music.
  • We facilitate two types of music therapy here at Open Out. Listening therapy allows the client to express themselves and experience the strong cathartic value of music. We also implement African Drum training by a trained professional in this art.
  • Listening therapy is led by a facilitator who will choose a topic like recovery, addiction, depression, relationships, and joy. The clients will then pick a song that picks that topic and the group will listen and share about the song.

What is done during art therapy?

  • During Art Therapy, clients are allowed to express themselves on topics specifically related to their recovery by depicting their emotions and thoughts through drawing, painting, coloring, etc. This is used as an alternative to normal “talk-therapy.”

What are the benefits of Art and Music Therapy?

Encourages creativity
Gives the client a chance to relax
Provides an alternative for self-expression
Allows a therapeutic mental break for the client.
Improves social skills and respect for others.
Helps client understand and discipline themselves and relieves tension.
Enhances the client’s positive moods.

About Nonverbal Therapy Programs

What is done during music therapy?

  • There are a variety of ways that music therapy can be implemented into the therapeutic environment, including writing, playing, and listening to music.
  • We facilitate two types of music therapy here at Open Out. Listening therapy allows the client to express themselves and experience the strong cathartic value of music. We also implement African Drum training by a trained professional in this art.
  • Listening therapy is led by a facilitator who will choose a topic like recovery, addiction, depression, relationships, and joy. The clients will then pick a song that picks that topic and the group will listen and share about the song.

What is done during art therapy?

During Art Therapy, clients are allowed to express themselves on topics specifically related to their recovery by depicting their emotions and thoughts through drawing, painting, coloring, etc. This is used as an alternative to normal “talk-therapy.”

What are the benefits of art and music therapy?

  • Encourages creativity
  • Gives the client a chance to relax
  • Provides an alternative for self-expression
  • Allows a therapeutic mental break for the client.
  • Improves social skills and respect for others.
  • Helps client understand and discipline themselves and relieves tension.
  • Enhances the client’s positive moods.

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