Dealing With and Overcoming Life’s Challenges with Music Therapy

Sometimes in life you will find yourself between a rock and a hard place. What you thought of as normal, will be completely different. Things in your life will have changed. How you feel about things in your life will have shifted. What you feel about your life and the direction it is heading will have been altered. How you see and interact with people in your life will have been altered. And sometimes, even those who are still in your life will look different. Learning how to cope through the changes brought on by life and rediscovering “normal” can sometimes be a challenge.

Music therapy can help you find your “new normal” and reconcile your past. You can learn new coping skills to help manage and overcome emotional chaos. Music therapy is beneficial for individuals who have experienced and are dealing with trauma – whether it be rape, domestic violence, loss, natural disasters, abuse, crisis, or war. Music Therapy28There are many methods of empirically identified music therapy interventions that allow an individual to explore their feelings, ideas, and experiences. Therapeutic instrument music playing allows an individual to express themselves non-verbally when they may have difficulty talking about how they feel. Guided imagery journeying allows an individual to process their emotions and experiences through music. Songwriting and singing and recording allows an individual to put music and song to their experiences and release them. Having and participating in music therapy does not require any previous musical experience or knowledge. Many of our clients come to us to learn how to more effectively cope with the stressors of their lives and to learn a new “normal”.

There can be feelings of peace and well-being even when life is turbulent, even when there are trials and tribulations, even when there seems to be no end in sight, even in the midst of recovery, even when the emotions overwhelm, and even when the light at the end of the tunnel seems so far away. Suicide does not have to be an option. Persistent and invasive depressive thinking does not have to be a way of life. One flashback after another does not have to be your “new normal”. There is more in this life for you. There is more in you than the trauma you experienced. What has happened to you does not have to be what defines you.

If you find yourself having difficulty engaging in your day-to-day life, find yourself affected by fear, anxiety, or depression, and plagued by flashbacks of your trauma… Music therapy can help.  If you find yourself using or abusing alcohol or drugs to help you cope, wondering when you lost yourself, or have tried talk therapy and found it was not right for you… Music therapy can be just what the doctor ordered. If you find yourself feeling like all hope is lost… Music therapy can be the key to opening new doors in your life. If you find yourself struggling to put one foot in front of the other… Music therapy can help to re-energize your life. You do not have to go through it alone.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to ask. We do not mind talking about what we do.

Thank you so much for taking the time to check us out. Our goal here at Gsus Music Therapy Services & Center is to BE the CHANGE we WANT to SEE within our community and in the lives of others; and we are committed to doing it one song at a time.

If you have any questions or would additional information about music therapy or our services, please contact us at 512.754.9631, or send us an email at, or fill out the ‘Contact Us’ form right here on our website.

Best wishes for a grooving day and at least one moment that makes your heart smile!

The Gsus Music Therapy Treatment Team