The Development of a Music Therapy Protocol: A Music 4 Life® Case Report of a Veteran with PTSD

Rebecca Wellman, Judith Pinkerton


A music therapist-directed protocol designed to assist in resolving unsettled moods and bringing emotional balance is explicated through a case report of a 36 year old Army veteran. Upon completing a protocol, increased motivation, decreased stress, and a reported sense of feeling more “complete” following four years of medical disability and significant social phobias was noted. Posttests completed at marked intervals during the 10 week treatment period showed significant shifts in emotional states with reduced anxiety and depression. Physician directed cessation of anti-anxiety, depression, and pain medications subsequently led to increased reengagement with previously enjoyed activities and a reported enhanced quality of life.

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by The International Association for Music & Medicine