Integrating Client-Chosen Music in Relational Trauma Treatment: Pathways to the Heart

Karen Riggs Skean
2019 Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy  
This commentary discusses the therapy of a hybridized client (Blimling, 2019) with a difficult relational trauma history in which client-chosen music was combined with a short-term treatment utilizing Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). This combination bypassed rigid defenses and allowed access to a level of affect not ordinarily available to the client, allowing significant symptomatic and relational shifts to occur. Primary goals of helping the client deal with a major
more » ... al with a major loss, reduce his level of depression, and improve his interpersonal functioning were met. Implications for the use of integrative methods with short-term models and the importance of therapist flexibility are discussed.
doi:10.14713/pcsp.v15i2.2052 fatcat:72yje6aegfbrhkkmsg3jrmchja