What does music therapy have to offer mentalization based treatment (MBT)? A mentalization-based view on music therapy clinical practice in psychiatry

Niels Jørgensen Hannibal, Melody Schwantes

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The mentalization based treatment (MBT) model may be a valuable theoretical perspective for music therapists to consider using with clients in need of mental health care, particularly those with borderline personality disorder. This article explores some of the basic principles of MBT and its application to music therapy. We have included a case study and reflections for further consideration. It is our hope that music therapists will begin to incorporate this model within their treatment and care of clients with psychiatric disorders.
Translated title of the contributionHvad kan musikterapio tilbyde mentaliseringsbnasert behandling: Et mentaliseringsbaseret syn på musikterapiens kliniske praksis i psykiatrien
Original languageEnglish
JournalVoices: a world forum for music therapy
Issue number2
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017

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