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The Gentlest Trauma Healing  Through Music Therapy with AmyLynn Dimaano

The Gentlest Trauma Healing Through Music Therapy with AmyLynn Dimaano

AmyLynn Dimaano is a Board-Certified Music Therapist, Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor, and is currently in the advanced level of training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music protocol. AmyLynn has been practicing as a Board-Certified Music Therapist since 2008 in the fields of Mental Health, Addiction, and Eating Disorders.

How does music therapy help people? I do a lot of different types of music therapy, and my specialty is working with adults that have mental health conditions of some kind, whether it’s a life challenge, post-partum depression, unresolved life trauma from the past, grief from the loss of a loved one… my specialty is gently helping them get underneath the “flat” symptoms.

I had a client come in recently who lost an adult child to the disease of addiction. They were just having trouble doing life at this point. The grief was so heavy, with all the feelings… unfortunately, she was the one to find him, so this is very traumatic, on top of being so painful.

She was struggling with hope. She had a religious faith that she wasn’t able to let help her because she was hopeless. “How could God let this happen?” So, the focus and intention of her session was rebuilding her personal sense of hope. It was in her words, and I pick a music program based on what her need is.

What kind of music? Classical, mostly. They take you in slowly. They bring you up to a peak where you have an experience of mystical proportions hopefully.

Something like Beethoven’s Fifth? Yes, but more likely something you don’t know that well. And then you’re brought back by something that’s more familiar, telling the brain, “Okay, we’ve done the work, now we’re going to return to Planet Earth, we’re coming out of this experience now…” And that all happens musically!

It’s going to pull imagery out of your subconscious. Sometimes memories you thought you’d forgotten all about come back vividly.

This sounds gentler than most forms of therapy. It is gentle, and here’s the beautiful part: your psyche won’t take you somewhere you’re not ready to go. Wherever you are, music therapy helps you get to the next level of what you need to see about yourself and your surroundings and your perspective and you’re learning to move forward.

Is this instead of months of talk therapy? Perhaps. It’s a 90-minute session, and then there’s a drawing portion.

Drawing? Yes, we draw a mandala, which is a circular drawing. It represents your personal world. You do a mandala drawing of the experience. So then we have quite a lot to talk about when you tell me about your experience with the music and the art.

It’s going to pull imagery out of your subconscious. Sometimes memories you thought you’d forgotten all about come back vividly.

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