We discuss this new model that combines elements from music therapy and psychotherapy; the act of bravery and recorded session that captured my attention; and resources for learning more.
Joining me today is Dr. Diane Austin, Director of the Music Psychotherapy Center in NYC. Dr. Austin has maintained a private practice in Vocal Psychotherapy for more than 30 years. She is an adjunct associate professor at New York University in the graduate music therapy department and is the founder/director of the post master’s training program in vocal psychotherapy in NYC. Dr. Austin has taught international training programs in vocal psychotherapy. She has lectured throughout the world and has authored a book on the topic. Her work has been published in numerous journals and books.
- What are “psychotherapy,” “music psychotherapy,” and “vocal psychotherapy?”
- How long has music psychotherapy been around? When and how did Diane first encounter it?
- Diane’s book, “The Theory and Practice of Vocal Psychotherapy: Songs of the Self.”
- Recommended resources for listeners who want to learn more, whether they want to FIND a practitioner, check out training options, or just gather more information on the practice.
- Diane’s new Distance Training Program in Vocal Psychotherapy (available in the US beginning fall 2022).
- Dr. Austin’s website dianeaustin.com is under construction but has a great example of a method called “Free Associative Singing,” which is a primary component of her Model of Vocal Psychotherapy.
- Dr. Austin’s book: The Theory and Practice of Vocal Psychotherapy: Songs of the Self.
- LinkedIn profile
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Diane shares both a story and song related to an artist who has a special place in her heart, Stephen Sondheim.
Thanks to Diane for sharing with us today. Diane does offer virtual sessions; and, as we mentioned, there are links in the show notes to Diane’s book and her website, which includes the videoed session with Free Associative Singing that we discussed.
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Thanks so much for joining me today. Until next week, may your life be enhanced with music.
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