Southern Indiana Living

SEP-OCT 2018

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Sept/Oct 2018 • 42 M usic. It's a universal language. It helps you express and re- lease emotions. It speaks when you can't find the words. It links your fondest memories. It cures things that medication never will. It is fundamental to the human experience, and essential to the practice of music ther- apy. Barbara Crowe, MMT, MT-BC, states "[Music therapy] can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, be- tween isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort -- between demoralization and dignity." Personal Counseling Service, Inc. (PCS) recognized music therapy's significance and potential for community impact when they opened their Music Therapy Clinic in 2015. So what is Music Therapy and what does it accomplish? The American Music Therapy Association defines music thera- py as "the clinical and evidence-based use of music intervention to accomplish indi- vidualized goals." Music Therapy can be beneficial for clients of all ages and abili- ties, and can be adapted to accomplish a wide range of objectives. Goal areas may include improving communication, so- cial, motor, emotional, coping, and/or cognitive skills. Music Therapy can also be utilized to address behavioral issues. PCS currently employs 8 music therapists who serve 11 counties in Ken- tuckiana. These therapists are trained to work with a variety of diagnoses and chronic illnesses, and provide individual sessions and group sessions in the Music Therapy Clinic, in clients' homes, and in contracted is highly skilled in as- sessing, planning, and implementing ses- sions personalized to each client's needs. Shannon and Travis Nichols shared the incredible impact Music Therapy has had on their 10 year old daughter Lainey. Lainey struggles with severe anxiety. She was having panic attacks, having a hard time getting through everyday tasks, and social events were very much a struggle. Travis and Shannon brought her to Per- sonal Counseling Service's Music Ther- apy Clinic. They say that Music Therapy has been "God sent" for Lainey. "Music has a way of getting Lainey through ev- eryday life" states Shannon. Lainey has been involved in Music Therapy for over a year and she is beginning to let her per- sonality shine. Lainey was able to sing and play the piano in front of a large au- dience at the Music Therapy Showcase in December, something she would never have been able to do a year ago. Now she can better manage her anxiety and is be- coming healthier every day. Personal Counseling Service, Inc. strives to serve everyone regardless of their ability to pay. PCS currently accepts clients on the Indiana Home and Com- munity Based Services Waiver, private pay with an adjusted fee scale is used to determine fee for service, and rehab, nurs- ing, medical, and school facility contracts. PCS is proud to offer this unique form of therapy along with other therapy and out- reach programs. • PCS is located in Clarksville, Ind. and has been serving the community since 1959. The organization provides counseling services in the form of pastoral counseling, play therapy, trauma counseling, addictions therapy, music therapy, and more. There are also several outreach programs such as the older-adult community choir or the summer arts camp for kids. For more information, please visit the website at or call our intake coordinator at 812-283-8383 x21. Pictured above: Lainy Nichols and Elaine Strecker, MT-BC, Director of Music Therapy Making a Differenc: The Music Therapy Clinic Music Therapy can be beneficial for clients of all ages and abilities, and can be adapted to accomplish a wide range of objectives. * ADVERTISEMENT *

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