1st Edition

Listening to Music in Psychotherapy

By Mary Butterton Copyright 2008
    316 Pages
    by CRC Press

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    This enlightening text promotes listening to music as a rewarding component in the psychotherapeutic consultation. Unlike other guides on the topic, this book encourages the choice of music to come from the patient, rather than being prescriibed by the therapist. The comprehensive approach considers both theoretical and practical application, in any therapy setting.

    Featuring interviews from spiritual leaders, therapists, musicians and poets, the book explores the personal importance of listening to music and discovering how music can bring on strong emotions and reinforce feelings.

    Listening to Music in Psychotherapy is a practical guide that is invaluable for psychotherapists, counsellors and music therapists. Healthcare professionals with an interest in music therapy will also find it of great interest, as will course leaders and students in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.

    Conversation with Mercedes Pavlicevic — Professor of Music Therapy in South Africa. Conversation with Katie Melua — singer. Conversation with Baroness Julia Neuberger. Conversation with Benjamin Zephaniah — poet. A gathering of musical experiences. How do we understand what we know? Philosophy and sociology of the experience of music. The psychology of the experience of music. The ‘habitus’ of the experience of music and music therapy. The experience of the origins of self-in-relationship in neuroscience and music. The experience of listening to music within psychotherapy. ‘A two-part invention’ case study. Reflection and integration of ideas on the experience of listening to music in psychotherapy. Musical analysis of the experience. Where are we now? Coda.


    Mary Butterton

    'Mary's absorbing overview of philosophical, sociological, psychological, and neuroscientific theories of what music is, clears the way for deep appreciation of music therapy. This is book about a new more vital way of understanding the human spirit, and it offers a different way of managing a therapeutic relationship, one that invites the patient to gain hope and pleasure from the rhythm and sympathy of music.'

    Colwyn Trevarthen