People ask me if I’m a Music Therapist. Though I’ve studied psychology for years, I’m not a therapist. I’ve been a certified mental health Counselor but that’s as close as I’ve come.
Music therapy is based on a psychological model similar to occupational therapy. According to the American Music Therapy Association: “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”
Sound healing is about applying therapeutic techniques like weighted and unweighted tuning forks to energy areas on the body along with utilizing tools like Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, gongs and even didgeridoos. It’s a holistic approach to healing that can have physical as well as psychological benefits for clients.
Even though I’m a musician, I don’t use music for healing on people in the same way that I utilize sound healing. I certainly play melodic and peace-inducing music with my guitars and computer and will use my recorded work for other people’s health benefits.