The Importance of Therapeutic Music in Psychedelic Therapy

Published on 31 January 2024 at 11:55

Psychedelic therapy is a rapidly growing field of research and practice. In recent years, there has been a growing body of evidence that psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin and MDMA, can be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and addiction .


One of the key components of psychedelic therapy is the use of therapeutic music. Music can be a powerful tool for supporting clients through the psychedelic experience and for helping them to integrate the experience into their everyday lives.


What Music Can Do


Music can do a number of things in the context of psychedelic therapy. It can:


  • Create a safe and supportive environment: Music can help to create a sense of calm and relaxation, which can be important for clients who are feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

  • Provide structure and guidance: Music can help to guide the psychedelic experience and to focus the client's attention.

  • Promote introspection and self-discovery: Music can help clients to connect with their emotions and to explore their inner world.

  • Facilitating the integration of the psychedelic experience: Music can help clients to make sense of their psychedelic experiences and to apply the insights they gain to their everyday lives.

How Music Can Help to Heal Trauma

Music can also be a powerful tool for healing trauma. Trauma can often be stored in the body in the form of physical sensations and emotions. Music can help clients to access and release these sensations and emotions, which can lead to healing and transformation.

For example, a client who experienced trauma in childhood may find that listening to music that was popular during their childhood triggers memories of the trauma. With the support of a therapist, the client can then explore these memories and begin to heal from the trauma.

The Role of Music in Psychedelic Therapy Sessions

Music is often used throughout the course of a psychedelic therapy session. In the beginning of the session, calming music is often played to help the client relax and prepare for the psychedelic experience. As the session progresses, the music may become more intense or evocative.

At the end of the session, more upbeat music is often played to help the client come down from the psychedelic experience and re-integrate into their everyday life.

The Differences Between Psilocybin and MDMA Therapy

The use of music in psilocybin and MDMA therapy can vary. In psilocybin therapy, music is often used to create a sense of calm and relaxation. In MDMA therapy, music is often used to evoke emotions and facilitate introspection.

For example, in psilocybin therapy, a therapist might play classical music or nature sounds to help a client relax and focus on their breathing. In MDMA therapy, a therapist might play music that is emotionally evocative, such as music that reminds the client of their childhood or of a traumatic experience.


Therapeutic music can be a valuable addition to psychedelic therapy. It can help to create a safe and supportive environment, provide structure and guidance, promote introspection and self-discovery, and facilitate the integration of the psychedelic experience.

If you are considering psychedelic therapy, I encourage you to explore the possibility of including therapeutic music as part of your treatment plan.

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