Line Brink-Jensen
Master in music therapy

Music therapy is a treatment that uses music and musical elements in interplay between one or more people. The music therapist uses her voice and the instruments in a variety of different ways to mirror, imitate and address emotions and moods. The treatment method can be used for different client groups and the client does not need any musical skills to participate and profit. In music therapy, music is not an end in itself, rather the music therapist uses music as a means to achieve other things, such as ways of basic interaction, development of personal and social competences, for clarification and growth, derivation, and pain relief. Such goals can create meaning and increase the client's quality of life.

Many factors influence whether- and/or to what degree - the client will benefit from music therapy. The building of a trusting relationship between client and therapist is vital to allow the client to freely explore the self and the outer world.

Music therapy as described above is based on the active use of music, but there is also great potential in receptive music. As an example this can be done via Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) which is a holistic , psychotherapeutic treatment method, centered around music, developed by the American music therapist Helen Lindquist Bonny. The method is characterized as "... a process in which internal pictures are created through the listening to music" or "... an in-depth musical psychoterapeutic method where specific pieces of classical music are used to create inner experiences" (Bonde & Moe, 2007).

The method can be used for personal development and presents a possibility to explore internal and unconscious processes. GIM is an interesting alternative to traditional treatment methods to gain quality of life.

To become a music therapist in Denmark requires a Master's Degree from Aalborg University. For further information about music therapy and GIM, please refer to the Links page.