Music Therapy for Mental Health

How music therapy supports people with mental health challenges:

  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Improved self-image and increased self-esteem
  • Decreased anxiety and physical agitation
  • Improved communication
  • Successful and safe emotional release
  • Increased connection
  • Improved and deepened relationships

Music therapy techniques may include:

  • Lyric analysis
  • Song writing
  • Drumming, singing and other musical activities
  • Music listening
  • Music therapy relaxation techniques
  • Musical improvisation

NMTS Mental Health Services

Group Music Therapy Sessions  –  Creative Connections
NMTS offers Creative Connections music therapy groups for teens or adults facing mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Teen Creative Connections is geared toward teens (ages 13-21) with mental health challenges such anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Group interventions include songwriting, lyric analysis, drumming, musical improvisation, and performance. Weekly sessions are on Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm.

Adult Creative Connections is a music therapy group for adults with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, addiction, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder. Group interventions include singing, songwriting, musical improvisation, guided relaxation, drumming, and verbal processing. Weekly sessions are on Fridays 2-3 pm.

Call 775-324-5521 for more information and registration.

Individual Music Therapy Sessions
Our music therapists are available for weekly 30- or 60-minute sessions to support people with mental health challenges through songwriting, lyric analysis, drumming, musical improvisation, verbal processing, and more. Sessions are scheduled on an individual basis. Call 775-324-5521for availability and scheduling.

Contract Music Therapy for Mental Health Facilities and Clinics
Note-Able Music Therapy Services provides contract music therapy services for mental health professionals and facilities. We provide either individual or group sessions at your facility. Music therapy can augment other therapeutic modalities in unique, powerful and complementary ways. Call 775-324-5521 for more information.

NMTS Blog Posts on Mental Health

Selected References

American Music Therapy Association:

Burns, J.L., Labbe, E., Arke, B., Capeless, K., Cooksey, B., Steadman, A. &Gonzales, C. (2002). The effects of different types of music on perceived and physiological measures of stress. Journal of Music Therapy, 39(2), 101-116.

Kerr, T., Walsh, J., & Marshall, A. (2001). Emotional change processes in music-assisted reframing. Journal of Music Therapy, 38(3), 193-211.

Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

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