music therapy

mental health


Worldwide, it is estimated that approximately 450 million people have a mental health problem. In the UK, one in four people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and the financial impact of poor mental health has been estimated at £100 billion in the UK .

Currently, provision of music therapy is uneven across the UK and people are not always able to access the support they need. Many more people affected by mental health problems could benefit from music therapy if music therapy services are supported to grow and expand. Music therapy is an effective psychological therapy in supporting and enabling people with mental health problems to manage their condition.

音樂治療是一種心理治療法,應用音樂豐富的元素: 旋律,節拍,和聲作為治療師和病人的主要溝通方式。治療師會細心傾聽, 使用聲音和樂器與受助者彈奏音樂,不論你認識音樂與否也可以用自己的音樂語言去溝通。音樂治療可以是單獨或者是小組的模式進行,醫療師會根據受助者的心理健康狀況設計療程。

How can music therapy help?

Music therapy is recognised as an effective psychological intervention in the care of children and adults with mental illness. It can play a valuable role in helping minimise the trauma and disruption often associated with hospitalisation, and can have a positive impact on negative symptoms experienced with a mental health illness, such as motivation, social withdrawal and diminished affective experience and responsiveness.


Music therapists work across the spectrum of mental health:

  • anxiety and depression (including post-natal)

  • eating disorders

  • addiction and drug abuse,

  • post traumatic stress disorder

  • phobias,

  • psychosis 

  • schizophrenia


Improvising together with a music therapist or in a group allows someone experiencing or recovering from mental illness an opportunity to relate safely with other people, and to explore and express feelings that may be too frightening to verbalise. Music therapy can also help a person with mental illness access positive and creative aspects of themselves, often hidden by feelings of low self-worth. For some adolescents, the transition to adulthood can be exacerbated by trauma, insecure attachments, disability and social deprivation leading to aggression, depression or self-harming. Music therapy offers a safe space for young people to explore these issues.

Music therapy can also help patients in high-secure hospitals, who are often isolated and in great emotional distress, form positive connections with other patients and staff.















治療師和病人一起合奏音樂,能讓病人去觸摸,探索和表達他可能不敢用語言描述的情感。有助於病人和治療師建立一個誠實,可信任的關係。有一些受助著會有言語表達的障礙,自卑感或心情抑鬱, 做成內向的性格。透過治療也使病人能夠接觸和表達自己的創意。


尋找音樂治療師 在香港音樂治療協會 尋找註冊的音樂治療師。


Music Therapy May Offer Hope For People With Depression



January 23, 2008



Center For The Advancement Of Health




A therapist may be able to use music to help some patients fight depression and improve, restore and maintain their health. Therapeutic interventions included listening to music in groups, body movement and painting to music, and improvised singing.

Music Therapy May Improve Schizophrenia Symptoms



November 01, 2006



Researchers at Imperial College London & therapists at the Central and North West London Mental Health Trust.


Citation: "An exploratory randomised controlled trial of music therapy for inpatients with schizophrenia" British Journal of Psychiatry, 1 November 2006