Approach

Elizabeth joins psychology and music therapy in her sessions.

Depending on the client and his/her needs and objectives, Elizabeth aims at integrating behavioral strategies to her music therapy experiences, whether 1st wave (applied behavior analysis), 2nd wave (cognitive-behavioral), or 3rd wave (mindfulness and contextual psychology).

Moreover, she uses Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) strategies and leads guided imagery and music experiences. In order to yield quality, efficient and meaningful therapy, Elizabeth derives her interventions from evidence-based litterature, from both the Music Therapy and the Psychology fields.

Philosophy:

Elizabeth anchors her philosophy in the Biomedical Theory of Music Therapy.

"Two very basic tenets for understanding the Biomedical Theory of Music Therapy:

  • Music activates vast areas of neural tissue in the brain, enlisting much more of the brain's power for use in accomplishing any given task.
  • Music changes neural impulse patterning in the brain, allowing the brain to function differently than it would without music.

Because the human brain must first interpret any sound as ‘music’ before there can be a musical influence, and because every client has a brain that must change its ways of doing things in order for therapy to take place, the human brain must be recognized as the basic domain of treatment and the primary focus for change in all music therapy applications.

The biomedical theory holds that because music has observable effects on human behavior through its influence on brain functions, its effects can be used therapeutically. There are neural pathways for the effect of music on cognitive processing, pain, processing of musical stimuli in cranial centers for emotion, physiological responses to music associated with movement and communication, and musical influences on anxiety and stress physiology.”

- Dale Taylor, PhD., MT-BC. In his book “Biomedical Foundations of Music as Therapy”