Music Therapy in the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) has psychotherapy specialists who work with patients to provide emotional support during rehabilitation. These patients frequently suffer from anxiety and depression due to the many adjustments taking place in their lives. The IMNF specialists work with individuals through CenterLight Health System to help them to cope with the changes caused by their illness. Since not all feelings can be described verbally, by developing a trusting relationship with the therapist, deep feelings and emotions can be accessed through music.

What to Expect

Musical expression through improvised or composed music that focuses on a specific issue

Expressing emotional response to a piece of music

Cope with feelings related to issues in the past as well as to those in the present such as current injury, disease and loss of function or independence

Music therapy can provide results including:

Improvisational techniques and guided imagery to music stimulate intrapersonal and interpersonal communications.

Coping skills are learned, practiced and mastered in relation to disease or other health-related issues

For more information on the programs and services offered by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, please call 718-519-5840 or email

Depression and Anxiety

What is Depression?

Depression and anxiety are emotional difficulties that can interfere with recovery of an illness or condition. Depression may appear as agitation, restlessness and irritability. It can include difficulty concentrating and changes in appetite. The most easily recognized signs are feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, self–hate and thoughts of death or suicide. Depression may also appear as anger or discouragement.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is characterized by excessive, exaggerated thoughts about everyday life events with no obvious reason for worry.  Individuals who suffer from anxiety always expect disaster and can’t stop worrying about money, family, work or school.  The worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation.