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    The Power of Music as a Coping Skill

    Using music in therapy can be a very powerful way to reach children, adolescents, and adults in the therapeutic setting. Music in therapy can be a powerful way to help people express their feelings. Creative therapy can reach people in ways that traditional therapy sometimes cannot.

    Matthew J. Bush, MSW, LSW, licensed therapist, has developed some very exciting and innovative techniques for use in therapy with children and adolescents. Please note, Mr. Bush is not a licensed music therapist, but draws on his own clinical experiences and knowledge. He advocates for the use of creativity in therapy. This includes the use of music, art, games, dance, and anything else creative you can imagine. On his site you will find articles about how popular music can be used in therapy, suggestions of popular music with therapeutic messages, creative techniques for use in the therapeutic setting, and information about Mr. Bush's recent publication, Utilizing Music as a Coping Skill: Featuring the Music of Freudian Slip, which was recently featured in an issue of the American Counseling Association's periodical, Counseling Today!

    Also featured on his site is Freudian Slip, Mr. Bush's therapeutic rock band, which features original music that takes a direct look at human emotion.  The songs focus on topics such as depression, abuse, addiction, and so forth.  These songs have been composed by Mr. Bush throughout his years as a therapist and represent struggles in his own life as well as those of his clients.  (Includes songs written by children in therapy!)

    Mr. Bush is an experienced clinician and state licensed therapist who has successfully applied his techniques to help countless children and adolescents.  He has worked and performed for children in public and private schools, residential treatment facilities, and the community-at-large.  Mr. Bush has also spoken at statewide conferences; successfully educating colleagues on the power of music as a coping skill.

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