Ep. 148: Applying music’s healing powers to the challenge of eating disorders, with Annie Heiderscheit,PhD, MT-BC, LMFT
Eating disorders are complex, involving both physical and mental layers. Dr. Annie Heiderscheit explains why music therapy is especially effective in treating and healing eating disorders. Music is a portal that provides access – for the therapist and the patient – to feelings, perceptions, and perspectives; and is a vehicle for communication and integrating change.
Ep. 146: Music and adolescent health: Prevention, early intervention and treatment of youth and youth athletes; with Gene Beresin, MD, MA
We are seeing a crisis of mental health and wellbeing in our youth and student athletes. In this episode, we discuss music’s value in improving the health and wellbeing of our adolescents; special applications for our young athletes; and why Dr. Gene Beresin says music “hits the spot” as an effective tool for students’ mental wellbeing toolkit.
Ep. 143: Harness the Power of Music to Stay Sober, with author Tim Ringgold, MT-BC
Tim Ringgold has said that “our modern society is a breeding ground for addiction.” When we’re stressed, our brains look for soothing in the form of a substance or behavior, which can take many forms, including drugs, technology, food, work, and alcohol. We discuss why music is a powerful, efficient, and effective tool for treating and healing addictions. Tim combines neuroscience, music therapy research, psychology, and his own personal stories in his work and in this powerful conversation.
Ep. 141: Vera: Transforming dementia care with music; with Music Health’s Stephen Hunt
Music Health’s new music app, Vera, utilizes individualized playlists to stimulate activity in different parts of the brain of those with dementia. This application of music has been shown to enhance lucidity, physical movement, mood, quality of life, and communication; as well as reduce depression, anxiety, stress, agitation, confusion, and pain. We discuss the science behind these developments, the corresponding benefits for caregivers… and how the app got its name!
Ep. 125: From Sandy Hook to a Valentine’s Day love letter to the planet, with trauma response art therapist & musician Nicole Porter Davis
Nicole Porter directed child therapy in the days following the Sandy Hook School tragedy. The processes and tools developed with the Newtown families inspired her to establish a mental health organization and art therapy trauma response team. We discuss how art and music are used therapeutically for childhood crises, and why children of ALL ages will benefit from Nicole’s brand new album that is her Valentine’s Day love letter to the planet!