Collaborative music therapy via remote video technology to reduce a veteran’s symptoms of severe, chronic PTSD

False! Research demonstrated potential benefits of implementing telemusictherapy prior to our current period!

In a case study of a veteran with diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder (MDD), researchers found collaborative telemusictherapy services to be an effective treatment component. Authors highlighted the frequent lack of mental health resources available to individuals with PTSD, especially those living in geographically remote areas, and emphasized that without a teletherapy option, the patient would not have had access to music therapy services. Twenty-four weekly sessions, co-facilitated by a music therapist present via video call and a clinical psychologist present in the room with the patient, were reported to increase coping skills and decrease anxiety and suicidal ideation. Authors noted that music therapy specifically provided the patient with safe, non-verbal mediums to express and tolerate difficult emotions like rage and sadness. The study further associated the collaborative sessions with improvements in emotional regulation and overall quality of life.

Reference

Lightstone, A.J., Bailey, S. K., & Voros, P. (2015). Collaborative music therapy via remote video technology to reduce a veteran’s symptoms of severe, chronic PTSD. Arts and Health, 7(2), 123-136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2015.1019895