Music Therapy in the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety

Individuals suffering from anxiety or depression due to the many adjustments taking place in their lives can benefit from the IMNF’s music psychotherapists who provide emotional support through personalized music therapy. Since not all feelings can be described verbally, by developing a trusting relationship with a therapist, deep feelings and emotions can be accessed through music. The IMNF music psychotherapists work with individuals to help them to cope with mental and physical changes caused by their illness or condition. Individuals who are not enrolled in any of CenterLight Health System’s programs may schedule an appointment through The IMNF Music Therapy Professionals Practice.

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:

Enhanced intrapersonal and interpersonal communication skills through improvisational techniques and guided imagery.

Improved coping skills, which are learned, practiced and mastered in relation to health and personal issues.

For more information on the programs available from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, please call 718-519-5840 or email at

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.