Bringing Music into Couple Therapy
PETER FRAENKEL & HILARY PALMER
As useful as research and clinical publications are in informing our therapy with couples, nothing compares to the power of music to capture the joy, heartache, and challenges inherent in love. And no one wrote and performed more powerful songs about intimate relationships than the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. In this experiential workshop, you’ll discover how to use music by Aretha and other artists to create transformative moments in couple therapy that rival and often surpass anything we can do based on our tried-and-true therapy techniques. You’ll also experience how to create therapeutic tunes as a model for doing the same with clients. Bring your dancing shoes as you explore how to:
- Introduce music into therapy to heighten the awareness and emotional experience of couples’ issues and identify potential solutions
- Use clients’ thoughts and feelings to compose music that captures and transforms their experiences in ways that solidify therapeutic insight
- Expand your therapeutic creativity by drawing upon music, poetry, visual arts, dance, and literature to locate new relational possibilities
Peter Fraenkel, PhD, is a couple therapist, associate professor of psychology at City College of NY, and professional drummer who studied with Aretha’s drummer. Hilary Palmer, PhD, is a family and music therapist, researcher, and jazz singer based in London.