Music Therapy and Self-Esteem

Music is an incredibly powerful form of expression.  It combines both words and sound to deliver a message.  Certain songs that one hears on the radio can trigger specific memories in one's mind.  There is no doubt, there is a strong connection between music and our feelings.

Through my experiences in therapy, I very quickly realized that people simply do not like to sit down and just begin pouring their hearts out to someone they don't even know.  It was for this reason that I began to draw upon my own experiences, and discovered a very powerful technique that allows me to use music, something people already listen to and identify with, as a way to help people heal.

Here, I am going to look specifically at how music can be used to help those struggling with their self-esteem. 

Self-Esteem, by The Offspring (alternative rock) :

In this song the artist sings about not having much self-confidence and being taken advantage of in a relationship.  The narrarator wishes things were different.


Beauty Fool by Freudian Slip (Alternative/Rock) :

In this song the artist sings about feeling very sad and depressed.  This song provides a description of someone wishing to dig a hole and crawl in it.  Very powerful.  This song is included in Utilizing Music as a Coping Skill : Featuring the Music of Freudian Slip

Click here to listen to a sample


Believe in You, by Amanda Marshall (Pop) :

In this song the artist sings words of encouragement, asking the listener to believe in themselves.