The Use of Cognitive-behavioral Music Therapy in the Treatment of Women With Eating Disorders


Music Therapy Perspectives




Describes a Cognitive-Behavioral Music Therapy program implemented at the Renfrew Center of Florida, a women's residential treatment facility specializing in eating disorders. Program goals were focused on 3 levels: behavioral issues, cognitive distortions, and underlying causes of the eating disorder. It is suggested that music served to motivate patients as they engaged in the difficult process of recovery, and it enhanced their positive affect about the process. Techniques included song-writing, singing, drumming, and lyric analysis discussion. Patients were treated in large and small groups as well as individual sessions. It is concluded that music therapy added a new dimension to the interdisciplinary team and was well-received by patients. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Behavioral State; Cognitive Abilities; Composition; Eating Disorders; Gender Disparities; Mental Health; Music Therapy; Patient Satisfaction; Receptive Music Methods; Recreative Music Methods; Singing a Song; Song Lyric Discussion; Songwriting

Indexed Terms

cognitive behavioral music therapy program; eating disorders; women; residential treatment; music therapy techniques; therapeutic goals; Cognitive Therapy; Client Characteristics; Goals; Mental Health Programs; Psychotherapeutic Techniques; Residential Care Institutions; Treatment Guidelines

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitative Methods

Document Type