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date: 25 July 2021

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Vocal psychotherapy is the first model of music psychotherapy that focuses primarily on the voice. Vocal psychotherapy can be defined as the use of the breath, sounds, vocal improvisation, songs, and dialogue within a client-therapist relationship to promote intrapsychic and interpersonal growth and change. Since 2000 the Vocal psychotherapy training program in New York has been training postgraduate music therapists. This training provides the opportunity to learn the theoretical underpinnings that integrate the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of singing, along with in-depth understanding of the theories from the fields of psychology, traumatology, addiction treatment, and psychodrama. There are now training programs in Vancouver, BC and in Seoul, Korea. An overview of Vocal psychotherapy is provided here and details of the main tenets of the approach are described, as well as techniques used in therapy sessions.

Keywords: vocal psychotherapy, music psychotherapy, music therapy and trauma, vocal psychotherapy model, self-development through music therapy

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