A pendulum between trauma and life: Group music therapy with post-traumatized soldiers

Moshe Bensimon, Dorit Amir, Yuval Wolf

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Abstract

This study suggests a model for group music therapy with post-traumatized soldiers. Six soldiers who had been diagnosed as suffering from combat or terror-related posttraumatic stress disorder participated in a series of 90-min weekly sessions of music therapy. Data were gathered by filming the sessions with digital cameras and by means of open-ended in-depth interviews. A mixed method analysis of musical and verbal contents revealed two waves of group engagement in trauma and non-trauma matters. As a whole, this process decreased reflections of traumatic emotions and increased expressions of non-traumatic feelings. The findings are discussed in light of Levine's (1997) "pendulation" therapy model. Practical implications for music therapy are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-233
Number of pages11
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Group music therapy
  • PTSD
  • Pendulation
  • Soldier
  • Trauma

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)

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