June 13, 2009 – Pastoral Music Therapy

My guest this week is Dr. Charles Gourgey. Charles (Carlos) Gourgey is a Board Certified Music Therapist and New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with two decades of hospice experience. He has also worked in various nursing homes and published articles on psychology, disability, and religion, and is the author of the articles on his web site, MusicIsHope.org.

His approach is called Pastoral Music Therapy. This approach addresses the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Drawing upon the music of different cultures and traditions to tailor the therapy to the individual, Pastoral Music Therapy can create a link between the impaired person and family members even when verbal communication is no longer possible. Music can help mobilize the person’s inner resources, building resistance to fear and depression. Music can also create shared experiences between these people and their families, maintaining communication and relationship even until the very last moment of life.

Listen to the archived show here.