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

Russell E. Hilliard


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)