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Sound plays an essential part in the way that we interact with our surroundings. Scientific studies show that listening to music can trigger thousands of different neurological reactions. Consider, for example, how different a suspenseful movie would be without eerie noises or a tense score. Recall how it feels to sit on a beach and let the sound of waves lull you into relaxation, or think of how a single song can remind you of a certain person or event. Music and ambient noise have the unique ability to influence our moods, feelings, memories and sensations, making them important tools in therapy.

Music in healing harnesses the power of sound to lift spirits, create a sense of calm or help with remembering a particular time and place. Every aspect of music can be utilized in music therapy — lyrics can provide solace or provoke thoughts, arrangements and melodies can influence mood and memory, moving to music can be freeing, writing music can offer a new form of self-expression and so much more. Through listening to music, dancing, creating music and otherwise experimenting with sound in a guided therapeutic setting, participants in music therapy can find new ways to express themselves, to let go of negative feelings and to connect with others.

Music Therapy for Trauma and Mental Health Disorders

Mood is a fundamental component of mental health that is often disrupted in the presence of trauma, substance abuse or other disorders. The ability to feel happy, positive or joyful is a challenge for those whose brain chemistry is in an altered state. The struggle to lift yourself out of the depths of addiction, depression and the like can be compounded by the negativity that persists in your thoughts and moods. Therapies that are designed to help you feel good, find your purpose or improve your day-to-day attitudes are crucial to your long-term recovery — happiness and self-confidence can go a long way toward keeping you sober, stress-free and in control of your mental health disorder. Music therapy is well known in psychology as a highly effective way to rehabilitate mood, engagement and motivation.

Music therapy has also been used to help clients unlock memories of events that are causing deep emotional distress, making it an especially useful therapeutic modality for those with trauma in their pasts. Additionally, making music, writing lyrics, dancing and singing can be healthy forms of self-expression and emotional release that music therapy clients can use as emotional outlets for the rest of their lives.

Music Therapy at The Guest House

The Guest House recognizes and upholds the idea that every person who struggles with addiction, trauma or a mental health disorder has their own unique story and needs. We provide treatments like music in healing to ensure that each of our guests finds a way to express themselves and come to terms with their struggle, allowing them to then move forward with their recovery. Music in healing is a very flexible therapeutic modality that can be appropriate for anyone; you can choose to engage with music in any way that feels comfortable for you, and our licensed therapists will guide your experience to ensure that you benefit from your treatments.

All of our treatment options are carefully chosen and led by members of our clinical therapy team. Our staff comes with years of experience providing a range of specialized therapies to ensure that your treatments here are purposeful, constructive and effective. With music in healing, we aim to give you an opportunity to express yourself, your story and your moods in a way that brings joy and creativity into your treatment plan. We also offer a range of clinical and experiential therapies alongside music in healing to expose our guests to multiple modes of treatment, including:

  • Conscious connected breathwork
  • Neuroimaging
  • Adventure therapy
  • Somatic therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Art therapy
  • Individual and group therapy

The Guest House Ocala also ensures your comfort and safety during your stay with us. We provide premier, concierge-style amenities including freshly prepared meals, full-service housekeeping and full-time access to members of our clinical team. When you choose The Guest House to be your home for treatment, you can feel confident that you are entering a place where you can relax and focus completely on your health and healing.

Our Location

The Guest House is located in quiet Silver Springs, Florida, on the outskirts of Ocala. Our estate comprises 52 acres of private grounds surrounding a tranquil historic home that is fully equipped with modern amenities and comforts. Our programs are designed to provide holistic recovery treatment for men and women, particularly those who struggle with self-defeating behaviors due to trauma or emotionally-charged experiences. We guarantee a welcoming, open-minded community that focuses on your personal safety and recovery while you dedicate yourself to your recovery. If you or your loved one is in need of a program like ours, we encourage you to reach out to our admissions team to learn more about the admissions process. You can contact us with any questions.